Health benefits of raisins

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Raisins are also known as munakka or kisamisa (in Hindi). It is a very delicious and irreplaceable healthy member of dry fruits category. It is also known as a healthy snack food and presumed as nature’s healthy substitute to candies.

Raisins are obtained by drying grapes. When grapes are dried in sun or in driers, turn into golden or black gem, known as raisins.

They are rich source of energy, nutrients, vitamins, minerals, fibers and electrolyte. They are generally used in desserts, puddings, cookies, pies and savoury dishes. They are also added to health tonics and high energy food supplements for athletes, backpackers, and others. They can be a good choice as snacks when you just want something to masticate.

 

Health Benefits of Raisins:

 

health benefits of raisins

1) Boost up energy:

Raisins are rich in carbs, mainly natural sugars like fructose and glucose which makes it’s a good source of energy. It facilitates the absorption of vitamins, proteins and nutrients in the body. For this reason raisin makes a perfect workout snack.

2) Indigestion:

Raisins are loaded with fibers which help food to move easily in digestive system and removes the wastes and toxins from the gastrointestinal tract. Thus provides relief from constipation. It can also help to prevent loose stools by absorbing the liquid of loose stool.

3) Fever:

Raisins are rich in phonolic phyto-nutrients, known for having antioxidant function, antibiotic and antiseptic helps to cure fever by fighting viral and bacterial infections.

4) Bone health:

Raisins are rich in calcium, which is a major component of our bone. It helps to promote bone health and fortify bones. These dried fruits contain a micronutrient, boron required by the body in little amount. This micronutrient is essential for the bone formation and calcium absorption. It helps in preventing osteoporosis in women and very advantageous for bones and joints.

5) Weight gain:

Raisins contain a lot of potential energy and are also full of sugars, fructose and glucose which help in weight gain without accumulating bad cholesterol.

6) Oral care:

Raisins contain oleanolic acid (a photochemical), plays an important role in protecting teeth from tooth decay, cavities and tooth brittleness. Raisins are also rich in calcium which helps in improving oral health. It prevents breaking or peeling away of teeth and enamel and makes the teeth stronger. Raisin also prevents the growth of germs and whitens the teeth due to the presence of boron in it.

7) Hypertension:

Raisins are rich in potassium which helps to alleviate the stress on blood vessels and decrease blood pressure. The iron, potassium, antioxidants and B-complex vitamins in raisins helps to maintain normal blood pressure. The fiber in raisin affects the biochemical blood vessels, reduces their stiffness and lowers the hypertension.

8) Eye care:

Raisins contain polyphenolic phytonutrients having antioxidant function are very good for eye health. It protects the eyes from harm by free radicals (oxidants), poor eyesight due to aging and cataract.

9) Anemia:

Anemia contains good amount of iron which helps in curing anemia. They are also rich in copper and B complex vitamins which are essential for the formation of new blood.

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