Juicing grapes benefits your health and allows you to enjoy the vitamins, minerals and health-boosting phytonutrients found in whole grapes. Fresh grape juice counts towards your daily fruit consumption, and a cup of juice provides two-thirds of the daily recommended fruit intake for women or one-half for men, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Grape juice provides an array of health benefits, and is specifically beneficial to heart health. Juicing your own grapes allows you to enjoy a fresh drink without any added chemicals or preservatives. You can juice several varieties of grapes and create your own juice cocktail to serve with a meal. Keep in mind that juicing does remove some of the nutritional value and may not be as nutritious as eating the grapes themselves.
Health Benefits of Grapes
Vitamin K – Drinking fresh grape juice boosts your vitamin K intake. Vitamin K activates a range of proteins, including those involved in healthy bone tissue growth. It also activates proteins that make up the coagulation cascade — a series of chemical reactions that stimulate blood clot formation. An 8-ounce serving of juice made from table grapes contains 43 micrograms of vitamin K, approximately 47 percent of the recommended daily intake for women or 34 percent for men, according to the Institute of Medicine. Juice made from slip-skin grapes, such as concord grapes, contains 42 micrograms of vitamin K per serving.
Vitamin C – Fresh grape juice also contains vitamin C, a nutrient that neutralizes free radicals and protects your tissues from oxidative damage. It also helps you metabolize proteins, allows you to make tissue-strengthening collagen and helps boost iron absorption. Each 8-ounce serving of juice made from slip-skin grapes provides 12 milligrams of vitamin C — 13 percent of the recommended daily vitamin C intake for men or 15 percent for women, according to the Institute of Medicine. Juice made from table grapes contains slightly less vitamin C, at 9 milligrams per serving.
Potassium and Iron – Fresh grape juice serves as a good source of potassium and iron. Potassium plays a role in regulating your heart beat, promoting nerve function and aiding in muscle contraction, while iron helps you transport and store oxygen and supports your immune system. A serving of juice made from table grapes or slip-skin grapes provides 12 percent of your daily potassium requirements. Juice made from table grapes also offers 1.1 milligrams of iron — 6 percent of the recommended daily intake for women or 14 percent for men, according to the Institute of Medicine — and an equivalent serving of slip-skin grape juice provides 0.8 milligrams.
Polyphenols – Juicing grapes helps you consume more polyphenols, beneficial antioxidants that keep your tissues healthy. Polyphenols have an anti-inflammatory effect on your body, fighting the inflammation that threatens your cardiovascular health, reports a review published in the “Journal of Nutrition” in 2005. An additional study, published in “Nutrition Research” in 2008, found that polyphenols also help fight cardiovascular diseases including atherosclerosis, hardening of your arteries, and arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat.
Here are 2 juice recipes that contain Grapes:
- Half a container red grapes (stems and all)
- 4 carrots
- 1 apple
- 2 oranges
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- 1 lemon with skin
- 2 inch ginger
- 4 celery stalks
Lemon Lime Ginger Ale
- 1 medium apple
- 1/4 lemon
- 1/2 lime
- 1 handful of grapes
- 1/4 thumb ginger