Nutritional Value of Raisins

Nutritional Value of Raisins

 

  • Their antioxidant1 properties, reinforce the immune system and protect cells from degeneration caused by the physiological processes of oxidation that lead to aging and eventually death.
  • Dietary fibers, found in raisins improve the function of the colon2 combating constipation and also help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
  • The iron they contain helps in the treatment of iron deficiency anemia.​
  • Potassium is a mineral that regulates levels of sodium in the body thereby reducing the symptoms of detentions and also helps to lower blood pressure1.
  • The B vitamins are important for many key functions of our body, such as metabolism, energy production, the production of red blood cells and also help to improve memory, concentration and mood.
  • Vitamin A is important for vision, growth and reproduction as well as serving other functions in the human body.
  • Selenium is a trace element which our body needs in small quantities. When ingested into our body selenium bonds with proteins and forms the selenoproteins which have antioxidant3 action and protect from cancer2 and cardiovascular diseases. They also regulate the function of the thyroid gland and contribute to immune defense.
  • Finally, it is worth mentioning that raisins also have antimicrobial properties, which prevent the development of caries, gingivitis and plaque.

 

References:

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24262513
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Chemopreventive+properties+of+raisins+originating+from+Greece+in+colon+cancer+cells
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24114059