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8 Black Grape Benefits You Should Know

You would never guess that black grape benefits extend to a healthy heart, glowing skin and strong immune system. You'll be ready to eat them by the bunch!

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Black or blue bunch grapes in hand old senior farmer.Marian Weyo/Shutterstock

Support a Healthy Heart

Dark-skinned grapes contain lots of resveratrol, a phytochemical and antioxidant that is good for the heart. Plus, the polyphenols (chemicals that occur naturally in plants) in grapes can help increase good cholesterol. Find other foods that will change your cholesterol stats.

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Build Strong Bones

You can find lots of vitamin K in black grapes. That vitamin may help strengthen bones and prevent fractures. In fact, one study found that women with lower intakes of vitamin K had a higher risk of hip fracture. In addition, copper, which may prevent bone loss, is also found in black grapes.

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Lower Your Cancer Risk

Free radicals are molecules that can damage cells, contributing to the risk of cancer and other diseases. The antioxidants in black grapes (like vitamin C and manganese and beta carotene) help stop free radicals from doing nasty damage. See what other fruit has cancer-fighting benefits.

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Improve Digestion

While you certainly won’t be able to get your full day’s worth of fiber out of your grapes, the whole fruit offers fiber, which can contribute to an overall high fiber diet that is good for digestion and colorectal health. Pair black grapes with foods like this for plenty of fiber.

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Enhance Cognition

In another study, adults with memory issues (but not Alzheimer’s or dementia) saw an improvement in their cognition when drinking Concord grape juice daily. The polyphenol compounds found in certain fruits have been associated with health benefits like slowing mild memory decline due to aging.

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Reduce Inflammation

Resveratrol for the win! This powerful antioxidant may reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation is what happens when the body’s immune system activates to fight an illness or health an injury. It’s a necessary process, but when it lasts too long, it can cause problems like pain and fatigue. Find more foods that help fight inflammation.

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Create Healthy Skin

Did we mention that resveratrol is one of the best black grape benefits? It’s even been shown to help improve skin health. See what else you can eat (or drink) for glowing skin.

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Support a Resilient Immune System

Black grapes offer vitamin C and—yep, you guessed it—resveratrol, which appear to benefit the immune system. A healthy snack that can also come in handy during flu season? Sounds like a winner!

Stephanie R. Conner
Stephanie Conner is a word nerd who writes about health and wellness, food and other topics. She also writes the blog about her journey of cooking with her son and managing food allergies. When she’s not writing, Stephanie spends her time with her family, in the kitchen and on the yoga mat.
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