6 Surprising Benefits of Grape Juice

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

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Drinking a delicious glass of grape juice can be a mouth-puckering treat, but there are also certain key nutrients in grape juice that can lead to various health benefits.

What is Grape Juice?

Quite simply, grape juice is juice derived from grapes, which bear the scientific name Vitis vinifera. Considering that there are between 5,000 and 10,000 different subspecies and cultivars of these grapes, each grape juice you drink could be slightly different, particularly if it is homemade. Grape juice has long been a popular drink for adults and children, but much of the grape juice you find in the store is also packed with sugar, making it decidedly less healthy.

Homemade grape juice, however, benefits from many of the same components as the grapes themselves, as well as wine, offering a surprisingly large number of potential health benefits. While the concentration of nutrients in juice is less than in the grapes themselves, it can be a tart and delectable beverage that will give you an energetic boost. Most grape juice is made from darker, purple grapes, which contain the highest level of antioxidants, but white, green, and red grapes are also used to make different forms of this juice.

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Nutrition Facts

Grape juice, canned or bottled, unsweetened, without added ascorbic acid
Serving Size :
Water [g]84.51
Energy [kcal]60
Protein [g]0.37
Total lipid (fat) [g]0.13
Carbohydrate, by difference [g]14.77
Fiber, total dietary [g]0.2
Sugars, total [g]14.2
Calcium, Ca [mg]11
Iron, Fe [mg]0.25
Magnesium, Mg [mg]10
Phosphorus, P [mg]14
Potassium, K [mg]104
Sodium, Na [mg]5
Zinc, Zn [mg]0.07
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid [mg]0.1
Thiamin [mg]0.02
Riboflavin [mg]0.02
Niacin [mg]0.13
Vitamin B-6 [mg]0.03
Folate, DFE [µg]0
Vitamin B-12 [µg]0
Vitamin A, RAE [µg]0
Vitamin A, IU [IU]8
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) [mg]0
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) [µg]0
Vitamin D [IU]0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) [µg]0.4
Fatty acids, total saturated [g]0.03
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g]0
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g]0.02
Fatty acids, total trans [g]0
Cholesterol [mg]0
Caffeine [mg]0
Sources include : USDA

Grape Juice Nutrition

Grape juice is nutrient rich in vitamin C (more than 100% of your daily requirement per cup) and dietary fiber. It also contains significant levels of iron, calcium, and protein. 1 cup of this juice also contains about 150 calories, and barely any fat. This juice also contains high levels of anthocyanins, tannins, resveratrol, and other phenolic compounds, all of which act like antioxidants in the body.

Grape Juice Benefits

Grape juice has many benefits that include regulating the blood pressure, improving skin quality, hair health, the immune system, and cognitive health, and preventing cancer, among others.

Skin Care

With plenty of antioxidants, this juice is an excellent way to prevent signs of aging and improve the appearance of your skin. If you regularly drink homemade grape juice, you can help to prevent wrinkles and other age spots, as well as speed the healing of scars and blemishes.

Improves Brain Function

The anthocyanins and resveratrol found in the grape juice are both linked to improving cognition by reducing oxidative stress. These antioxidants can reduce plaque deposition and help to prevent conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Prevents Cancer

The antioxidants mentioned above are also directly linked to preventing cancer since they can neutralize the free radicals that lead to cellular mutation, while also promoting apoptosis in cancerous cells.

Regulates Blood Pressure

With a small amount of dietary fiber and a healthy level of potassium, grape juice is great for optimizing heart health and lowering blood pressure, which can protect you against atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes, among others.

Hair Care

Some people apply this juice directly to their scalp, as it can reduce inflammatory conditions, but other people simply drink it. The boost of concentrated nutrients and minerals can help improve follicle health, as well as the luster of your locks.

Boosts Energy

There is a surprisingly high level of carbohydrates in this fruit juice, which makes grape juice an exceptional energy booster. A glass or two of this juice can sustain you through your morning or afternoon, but since these natural sugars will eventually wear off, beware the inevitable sugar crash!

About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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