Raisins – The Perfect Snack!

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Health Benefits of Raisins

Like grapes, raisins contain polyphenol resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that studies suggest is associated with heart health, and reduced risks of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and other degenerative diseases. There are even studies which show that resveratrol may slow the aging process by influencing gene expression!

Raisins are also rich in catechins, antioxidants that have been shown to fight tumors, enhance the immune system, and inhibit production of disease-promoting inflammatory compounds. According to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, catechins may also improve cognitive function.

The potassium and magnesium content in raisins helps to reduce acidity and remove toxins from the body that may contribute to the development of arthritis and gout.

They are a great source of dietary fiber and are often recommended to promote bowel regularity.

Raisins are one of the few plant-based foods rich in iron making them a great snack for those choosing to eat a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Raisins make an excellent pre-workout snack as they are high in carbohydrates, specifically a high content of natural sugars that can boost energy levels.

Fun Fact: It takes four tons of grapes to make only one ton of raisins!

 

Susan Hartman

Susan is a lawyer, Pilates instructor and passionate advocate of natural wellness. In 2006 she began exploring various nutritional and movement therapies, meditation and other alternative means of healing in an attempt to naturally relieve hormonal imbalances, eczema and back and joint pain. After much research and trial and error, she found a personal regimen that not only alleviated her symptoms, but that also left her with a new found sense of overall health and wellness. During this period of exploration, she was introduced to Pilates and was surprised by how quickly she began to feel and see positive results in her body. She loves how Pilates emphasizes body awareness and the connection of breath to movement, and she believes it can bring about lifelong health benefits including stress relief and improved strength, flexibility, balance and coordination.

Today Susan strives to promote the importance of regular exercise, a clean whole foods diet, compassion for self and others, and a curious attitude, all as a means to maintaining vitality and living a balanced and centered life. When she is not practicing law or teaching Pilates, she can be found hiking or biking in the woods, soaking up the sun atop her paddleboard, engaged in a yoga or group fitness class, or immersed in a book or classic movie.