Grapes are usually considered to be an exotic fruit. They are a treat to be consumed during breakfast or as a part of some recipe such as fruit salad. Perhaps, the most well-known use of grapes is in making wine, both red and white. The non-alcoholics can rejoice too, as the amount of minerals and vitamins in grapes are in a great number and so are their health benefits.
What Vitamins do Grapes Have?
Let’s look at the key vitamins in grapes and how each of these nutrient is beneficial to our body.
|Vitamin||Health Benefit||Amount found in 151g of grapes|
|Vitamin A||Beta carotene helps us improve our eyesight and keep the sight stronger and sharper for long. Apart from this there are many other benefits of vitamin A such as immunity building, bone development, and more. Grapes have some amounts of retinol activity equivalent and beta carotene along with lutein and zeaxanthin.||A 150g serving of grapes will have about 4.5mcg of retinol [No veg source will ever have direct form of retinol; it is beta carotene that is converted into retinol by our body; retinol activity equivalent is basically a measure- our body’s capacity to convert these carotenoids into retinol]activity equivalent and about 58.9mcg of Beta Carotene|
|Vitamin K||Vitamin K helps in building strong bones and is also a key component that synthesizes the proteins required for blood coagulation – its deficiency can lead to osteoporosis or excessive blood loss in case of injury.||Grapes are a rich source of vitamin K. Each cup or 151g of grapes pack about 22mcg of vitamin K|
|Vitamin B family||B1 is needed in the production of adenosine triphosphate, the primary compound our cells use for energy. The lack of B1 may increase the risk of cataract in some individuals.
B6, along with other vitamins of the B family, helps generate neurotransmitters like serotonin. It also helps metabolize fats, proteins, and carbs in our diet.
B6 is known to lower risk of depression, heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis based on a study conducted at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Riboflavin or B2 – another vitamin B member is needed to support the nervous system and synthesize red blood cells. It is also important known to prevent free radical compounds from damaging the DNA or cellular tissues.
B3, also known as niacin, is known to improve the good cholesterol levels. It may, however, develop insulin resistance and hence should be taken in limited quantities.
B5 or pantothenic acid as it is an essential ingredient to help our body convert food into energy. It helps to turn carbohydrates into glucose which is the fuel that gives us energy.
Folic acid or folate (B9) – another vitamin B is important as it plays an important role in preventing neural tube defects in infants and also helps improve general health. Too much of it is however not recommended.
|Grapes are known to have an entire family of vitamin B in the form of B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B9.
B6 is 0.1mg.
Riboflavin is 0.1mg.
Niacin is 0.3mg.
Folate is 3micrograms.
Pantothenic acid is 0.1mg
|Vitamin C||Our body is not capable of creating vitamin C also known as ascorbic acid. It must be taken from outside sources. Vitamin C is known to aid in reduction of cardio vascular disease risk and coronary heart disease and also functions as an antioxidant||Grapes contain a good amount of vitamin C and a cup or 151g of grapes pack a good 16.3mg of vitamin C|
|Vitamin E||A group of fat-soluble compounds with antioxidant properties i[In fact, this one is also negligible in grapes]s known as vitamin E. They are further broken down into Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta Tocopherols. Of these, only the alpha tocopherol is recognized to be useful for humans. The antioxidant properties protect us from the damage caused due to free radicals and is known to help prevent cardiovascular diseases and even cancer. More research is required in this area.||A cup of grapes (151g) contains 0.3 mg of alpha tocopherol and 0.1 mg of gamma tocopherol in it|
Grapes have so many essential vitamins and daily consumption of a cup of grapes can help meet a good amount of our daily requirements of vitamins.
Minerals Found in Grapes
Not only the vitamins, but grapes also pack a punch when it comes to minerals such as copper, potassium, manganese, and iron; these are found in good quantities. In addition, grapes also contain calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc in trace amounts.
A cup of grapes will give about 0.192 mg of copper that our body needs in small amounts but is essential in energy metabolism, iron absorption, nervous system health, and red blood cell synthesis. The lack of copper in the diet can lead to anemia and also increase the risk of osteoporosis.
Potassium found in a cup of grapes is about 0.1 mg and supplies our body with six percent of the daily value.
It is known to help with growth, repair, and maintenance of bones along with calcium and other necessary ingredients.
This particular nutrient is available in a cup of grapes to the measure of 0.54 mg and helps synthesize red blood cells and adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a nucleotide coenzyme. This is the main molecule that cells use as their source of energy.
People who lack the required amount of iron in their diet are likely to develop anemia and may also be at risk to have ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Conclusion on Nutrients in Grapes
In conclusion, grapes are an easily available and affordable fruit that offers decent amounts of essential vitamins and minerals that helps us maintain our health and lead an active lifestyle. Consuming a cup of fresh grapes in the morning can be the perfect start to the day.
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