How eating grapes can prevent dementia and increase life expectancy by 5 years?
Eating grapes may reduce the chances of developing dementia later in life, a new study has found.
The study, published in the journal Foods, included an extensive list of positive impacts that eating fruit can have on your health.
According to researchers, the fruit is particularly beneficial for those living on high-fat Western diets, as they are known to be rich in chemicals that promote healthy gut bacteria and lower cholesterol.
Grapes are also high in antioxidants which are known to improve health and prevent disease and cancer in humans.
Antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by free radicals either inside the body—inflammation, for example—or outside the body, such as pollution, ultraviolet rays, or cigarette smoke.
Now, the team of researchers has discovered that the antioxidants in grapes can protect the brain against the development of dementia by improving the function of neurons, or nerve cells.
The study follows in the footsteps of several previous studies, which found that inflammation in the brain is linked to some forms of dementia.
A second study by researchers at the University of Western New England found that eating grapes can reduce your risk of developing fatty liver disease – a condition caused by excess fat being stored in the liver – and increase your life expectancy by five years.
Due to unhealthy eating habits, disease is a growing health problem worldwide. And although rarely fatal, it can lead to liver failure or liver cancer if left untreated.
Grapes also burn calories as they are digested, which, in turn, helps boost your metabolism, the team's third study found.