Raisins are dehydrated grapes with wrinkled, fleshy and sugary skin. They are easy to carry, easy to store and easy to eat with exceptionally high nutritional qualities. This high energy – low fat dried fruits have been consumed extensively since prehistoric times.
Raisins contain generous amounts of potassium, which has been found to maintain healthy blood pressure and heart rate and also counter the adverse affects of too much sodium. 100 grams provide 750 mg of potassium, which amounts to about 16% of the daily recommendation
Raisins contain minerals like magnesium, selenium, zinc, iron, potassium, folate, calcium, phosphorous, sodium, copper and manganese. It also contains Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Vitamin E. Raisins clean the blood and help in clearing impurities in the body. This happens due to its anti oxidant property. It helps in calcium absorption in the body and hence reduces the risk of osteoporosis by increasing the bone density.
People with high acidity, or with chronic diseases are often advised a raisin diet. They are alkaline in nature, and thus maintain the body’s acid balance.
Raisins are also believed to cure sexual weakness and promote libido as they contain an important amino acid called Arginine, which helps in rectifying erectile dysfunction. Raisins contain an important nutrient called polyphenolic phytonutrient, which has anti oxidant properties.
Raisins contain phytonutrients and olenolic acid that may help improve the condition of the teeth and gums. Raisins also contain nutrients that can help boost a person’s eyesight, and contribute greatly to the body’s detoxification.