Grapes against the stress of returning from holidays: Coldiretti's advice

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Against the stress of returning from holidays, Coldiretti recommends red grapes and seasonal fruit and vegetables.

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Le holidays unfortunately they are about to end or, for many, they are already a distant memory and returning to the city resuming work or study is always stressful and tiring. But don't worry, mother nature comes to our aid as always, providing us with precious antidotes against any discomfort. To combat the trauma of returning from vacation, for example, the Coldiretti advises to rely ongrape, especially the red one.

The beneficial and relaxing properties of grapes have actually been known since ancient times, so much so as to make them the protagonist of numerous sayings and popular beliefs, which are however confirmed today by various researches. The Coldiretti draws one in particular study of the Institute of Plant Pathology of the University of Milan, published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, which demonstrates how the melatonin present in red grapes would help regulate the sleep-wake rhythm (called circadian), just like the hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain.

In addition to melatonin, grapes also contain a mix of vitamins literally friends of Morpheus, from B6, which helps relax the nerves and fight the insomnia A and C, that improve circulation ensuring a state of general well-being and carrying out an effective antioxidant action.

But grapes are not the only ally of our health: to get back on track after holidays made of altered rhythms and, probably, of some food and drink too much, Coldiretti recommends consuming seasonal fruit and vegetables, rich in vitamins and low in calories. In particular, for example, the peaches help cleanse the kidneys and intestines, while the apples they help regulate cholesterol and perform an excellent antidiarrheal function.

For those who intend to go on a diet, we recommend the pears, satiating, rich in fiber and water and with very few calories, the green zucchini, highly digestible and with just 14 calories per hectogram, and the classic salad which, if purchased organic or in neighborhood Markets (in short, better to avoid the one already packaged) can become a valid side dish with a very low caloric intake and a good amount of vitamins, calcium, phosphorus and potassium.

Not to forget i tomatoes, with only 17 calories per 100gr and lots of fiber, vitamins and minerals (phosphorus, calcium and magnesium in particular) or, for lovers of Vitamin C, the pepperoni, which contain three times as much as the classic ones oranges.

In short, we are spoiled for choice to decide what to put in our September cart!

Eleonora Cresci

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