10 Health Benefits of Raisins

10 Health Benefits of Raisins

At first glance, raisins may be unpalatable to you because of their dark, wrinkly dried appearance. However, their appearance aside, raisins are actually considered nature’s healthy alternative to candies. Initially, raisins--like prunes--have been found to be very effective in the treatment of gastrointestinal complaints, specifically constipation. More research revealed that certain substances in raisins have beneficial effects on practically every system in the body. Indeed, raisins have come to be known as a healthy snack food. So, the next time you crave for candies or chocolates, try eating raisins instead and take into consideration the following health benefits that they can offer.

1. Increases Your Supply of Energy

If you are an athlete or a bodybuilder who needs a good source of energy and something to bulk up your body to a certain weight, raisins are good for you because they are loaded with sugars, specifically fructose and glucose. Eating raisins also promotes the efficient absorption of vitamins, proteins and other nutrients in your body. Therefore, they also help in building up your immune system.

2. Aids Digestion

Upon ingestion, fibers in raisins swell as they absorb water, thus promoting a laxative effect and thereby relieving constipation. Regular intake of raisins helps in maintaining regular bowel movement, with the fibers sweeping away the toxins and waste materials from the gastrointestinal tract.

3. Enhances Mouth Health

Unlike candies, raisins contain oleanolic acid, which provides protection against cavities and tooth decay, and prevents the growth of harmful bacteria that can cause gingivitis and other periodontal diseases.

4. Enhances Bone Health

Raisins are a rich source of calcium, which is necessary to strengthen bones and teeth. A micronutrient that is abundant in raisins--boron--aids in calcium absorption and bone formation. If you are a postmenopausal woman, raisins are a good snack for you because the calcium and boron present in them help prevent the development of osteoporosis.

5. Body Acidity Reduction

The potassium and magnesium contents of raisins help reduce acidity (an abnormal metabolic condition known as acidosis) and remove toxins from the body, which may cause diseases such as arthritis, gout, kidney stones and heart disease.

6. Treats Infections

Raisins contain substances called polyphenolic phytonutrients that have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. These polyphenols have been found to lower fevers by killing the bacteria that causes existing infections.

7. Protects Eyes

The polyphenolic phytonutrients in raisins also possess antioxidant properties that protect the eyes from harmful free radicals that may cause the development of cataracts, macular degeneration, blindness and other visual disorders.

8. Treats Anemia

Raisins are rich in iron and copper, which are necessary in the formation of red blood cells. Raisins also help to correct iron deficiency anemia and promote blood clotting during wound healing.

9. Cancer Prevention

The polyphenolic antioxidant in raisins, known as catechin, provides protection against free radicals, which causes the development of tumors, specifically colon cancer.

10. Stimulates Sexuality

You could find natural stimulation through regular consumption of raisins. An amino acid in raisins called arginine helps to arouse the libido.

  • Noel

    It’s amazing how the simplest foods can actually be very beneficial to a person’s health. This is a great read for health enthusiasts and for everyone in general.

  • phil escajeda

    Its because god made raisins & fruit & vegetables r designed 2 keep the human body @ its best.

  • adam

    #10 is the only motivation I need for eating raisins

  • Jake

    I go to Cosco’s and get a bag each of natural almonds, walnuts, and pecans. I read on-line that a person is supposed to have 3-4 servings a day of nuts and seeds. I have either pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds with craisins (cranberry raisins). Then 2-3 servings of nuts with raisins.

  • Hans

    I didn’t realize raisins were so good for you. I have a sweet tooth and raisins would be a better alternative than candy or pastries.

  • Robbie

    If you’re going to eat raisins, eat the best raisins you can find!!!!!!! Organic Jumbo Raisins! There are raisins, and then there are awesome raisins!!!! Look in the organic veggie section of the grocery store. My store has a couple of different brands and they are all awesome with no chemicals.

  • Kathleen

    I’m eating raisins right now!!! Yumm. Newman’s Own Organic Raisins sure make a great snack for me to bring to work – just grab a box on my way out and go. I could eat raisins all day, so it’s nice to know all the good things they do for my body!

  • Efreet

    eating a bunch right now…

  • caine

    where are your sources?

  • B.K

    Yup

  • Tom

    What do you need a source for, it is common sense.
    Meta data for any fruit or vegetable can be found on the FDA website. Don’t be lazy, because that is a lot worse then a few raisins.

  • Mike

    Sources would certainly help the credibility of this article though, don’t you think?

  • SH

    LOL now that’s a bunch!