Benefits of Raisins

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Benefits of Raisins
Raisins are dried grapes. Raisins usage (Vitis vinifera) in various traditions and cultures may differ from each other. Raisins are very sweet due to the high sugar concentrations and when it is saved too long, then the sugar crystals will form inside the fruit.

As many as 60% by weight composed of sugar raisins, half fructose and half glucose. Raisins are very high in antioxidant content compared with prunes and apricots. Raisin itself has long been used as a source of dietary fatty acids to obtain and tocopherol as an antioxidant.

Some of the efficacy and usefulness of raisins as follows:

  1. Protecting the liver
  2. Improve circulation (including for conditions such as varicose veins, swelling, bruise, and blurred vision)
  3. Smooth defecation
  4. Improves tone and skin elasticity
  5. Against oral bacteria that cause tooth pain

Moreover, raisins also can reduce the levels of free radicals. Free radicals are compounds that can damage cells and make the body difficult to get back in shape after exercise. This fact was revealed in the annual meeting of the American College of Nutrition. The researchers studied eight athletes who competed in a triathlon two weeks apart. In one race, they were fed raisins and the other race. "Raisin significantly reduce the amount of cell damage in the athlete's body from free radicals" the main leader of this research, Gene Spiller, Ph.D. He recommends that you consume a handful of raisins before heavy exercise.


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