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Grapes: 5 Healthy Benefits and a Face Mask

Updated on March 9, 2011
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Health Benefits of Grapes and a Face Mask

Purple and red grapes are believed to reduce the risk of heart disease by relaxing blood vessels. This, in turn, allows blood to flow more easily. Grapes also have additional healthy benefits.

The health benefits are most likely due to the antioxidants found in the skin and seeds of the dark grapes. The most important antioxidant is known as resveratrol.

While drinking wine and grape juice also provides these healthy benefits, it is eating grapes whole that has the added healthy benefit of also providing much needed fiber.

Listed below - are some of the benefits of eating purple and red grapes. Also how to make a simple grape mask to reduce wrinkles. Grapes are the only ingredient needed.

See links below for more purple foods, healthy food lists and recipes for simple cosmetics:

Help prevent colds - Grapes increase the level of gamma delta T cells in the body. These cells help the immune system fight off viruses and bacteria.

Help prevent cancer - One cup of purple grapes has been shown, in a study, to fill the body with compounds known to keep breast tissues free from too much estrogen. Too much estrogen is a key cause of breast tumors.

Help prevent heart disease - Dark grapes are filled with a mix of compounds known to stop heart disease by reducing low-density lipoprotein, LDL, (bad) cholesterol. The compounds reduce the risk of blood clots that can cause a heart attack, and they also prevent damage to blood vessels in the heart.

Whiten Teeth - Grapes have malic acid. This acid clogs the surface pores on teeth and prevents stains from becoming embedded. The malic acid also works to remove surface discolorations while you are chewing.

Make A Simple Face Mask to Help Reduce Wrinkles:

Grapes are also filled with alpha-hydroxy acids - the ingredient found in many skin firming and anti-wrinkle creams.

How to:

Use 3 green grapes and mash well to get juice. Dab the juice on areas around your mouth, eyes and on the forehead. After 5 minutes, rinse thoroughly.

For more simple natural beauty recipes see links below and links to lists of healthy food ideas.

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    • BkCreative profile image

      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Love an easy mask like this - and it makes so much sense because of the alpha hydroxy acid. Why not mash a few grapes. Great, healthy hub - with a face mask!

      Rated up!

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      Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

      Hmmmm! Maybe that's why my teeth are so white! I wonder if the grape mask will work on other parts of the skin.......I might just have to try it. Thanks List Lady! Voted it up!

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Love how easy it is to use grapes to slough off dead skin cells without burning a hole in our wallet. Great useful hub.

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      Painter Penfield 6 years ago from Tampa Bay area Florida

      Fantastic ideas and links. I am going to eat some and enjoy the mask while noshing right now! Thanks ;)

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      CountryCityWoman 6 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

      Oooh love that bit of information about the alpha-hydroxy acids. I'll eat the grapes and like Veronica Allen above - can I use them elsewhere? I'm going to try.

      Thanks a bunch and rated up. Yay!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Wow that does sound easy - will it work on cellulite too? Or how about sagging boobs? Do you have a mask for that too? Sorry - probably too personal. This is what happens when you get older and everything starts going somewhere else!

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      theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

      I didn't know you could make a mask with grapes. I have both red and green grapes in my refrigerator right now. I don't have any wrinkles but hell...it can't hurt right? I'm going to try it...maybe it will help prevent them!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Grapes are a wonderful source of fiber too. Glad to learn more info on this delicious fruit. Thanks much!

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

      I didn't know about all of the benefits of grapes, they have always been one of my favorite fruits and such a treat when frozen in the summer. I can't wait to try the mask.

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      wwolfs 4 years ago

      Interesting hub and very informative. I have always enjoyed grapes as a snack. Many health benefits and I didn't know about the face mask. I will definitely have to try that one. Thanks for sharing.

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      shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland

      Very good post. I just got finished eating a bowl of grapes while reading this. They are a great snack, and I'm realizing more and more of the health benefits. I got the craziest compliment a few months ago. A friend said to me, "You're 25 but you don't look a day over 21. It's almost as if you stopped aging." LOL. People don't realize the value of good fruit intake. It's a lot more than simply nutrition.

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      MarcysiaaB 22 months ago

      Od jutra rozpoczynam odchudzanie, kto sie odchudza ze mna? Nie bedzie latwo ale trzeba sie wziac za siebie. Mam juz dobry plan na odchudzanie, wszyscy ktorzy sa chetni proponuje zaczac od wipisania w google - xxally radzi jak szybko schudnac

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