When I was little, every fruit used to have seeds in it, such as grapes, watermelons, persimmons, mandarins. Today it’s hard to find seeded grapes…Did you know that this may be quite a large loss for our health? Chew and eat the grape seeds together with the grapes to get the benefits.
Grape seeds are some of the most antioxidant-rich foods and have potent anti-ageing and cancer-fighting properties! They contain powerful OPCs (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins), which have been shown in many studies to effectively disable free radicals, and diseases associated with free-radical damage, such as:
cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s.
Grape seed extract has been found to be effective in preventing the growth of breast, stomach, colon, prostate, and lung cancer cells. It also help prevent damage to liver cells caused by chemotherapy. Additionally, grape seeds contain Vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid and the extract has high anti-ageing properties (protecting collagen), fights certain bacterial infections (staphylococcus aureus), helps with hemorrhoids and improves night vision.
A bottle of good quality grape seed extract (30 capsules) will cost you between €25- €30+. Eating grapes with seeds will cost you much less AND you get resveratrol (another potent antioxidant that is sold on its own as a miracle anti-angeing supplement) from the skins of the grapes too! :)
So, where can you get seeded grapes?
- Try organic markets: organic grapes tend to grow older varieties, which are richer in antioxidants and many of them still have seeds in them!
- In supermarkets in Ireland: Lidle and Aldi “Globe grapes” (from Spain during the summer and autumn/from Brazil during winter).
- Halloween time: most cheaper €1 “Halloween” grape punnets actually are seeded during this season in virtually every supermarket in Ireland and the UK. :)
- Grow your own – climate permitting! Dry them as raisins and enjoy not only the benefit of antioxidants in the grapes but also in the seeds! :)