Saturday, December 6, 2008

Raisins - Health Benefits

We always keep a canister of Sun-Maid raisins in our fridge. Raisins are sun-dried grapes. It is a snack which is sweet and full of healthy goodness. Raisins are about 60% sugars by weight and most of which is fructose. I would like to share with you the health benefits of raisins:

A Source of energy: The natural sugars are a great source of energy. They are ideal for either athletes or body builders who need a lot of energy naturally.

Weight gain: Raisins are good food for those who want to put on weight without accumulating cholesterol.
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Heart-healthy food: Raisins are high in potassium and low in sodium. It is an ideal food to maintain normal blood pressure.

Fiber and tartaric acid: The fiber in raisins together with tartaric acid helps to regulates intestinal functions and promotes elimination and keeps the colon healthy.

Antioxidants: The phenolic compounds in raisins are powerful protective antioxidants. Eating raisins boost protection against heart disease and cancer.

Acidosis: Acidosis is a state of increased acidity of the blood (which is bad for health). Raisins are good source of potassium and magnesium which are very effective in reducing acidity.

Anemia: Raisins are a good source of iron which enriches blood and helps treat anemia.

Sexual vigor: Due to the presence of an amino acid called arginine raisins are known to stimulate libido, induce arousal and treat problems in erection.

Bones: While calcium is present in raisins, it is one of the best sources of baron, a micro nutrient which is helpful in preventing osteoporosis and is very beneficial for bones and joints.

Ocular health: The presence of polyphenolic phytonutrients in raisins helps protect eyes from damages caused by free radicals. It is also a good source of vitamin A which is essential for ocular health.

Oral health: Oleanolic acid, one of the antimicrobial phytochemicals which presents in raisins helps to protect teeth against tooth decay, cavities and in additional the presence of calcium also promotes dental health. Further more boron helps in checking the growth of germ in the mouth as well as maintains the health of bone and teeth.

When you go shopping for grocery remember to buy a packet of raisins to boost the health of the whole family.

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