8 Amazing Benefits Of Black Raisins For Skin, Hair And Health

Know when and how to include this healthy ingredient to reap its many benefits.

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Pranjal Shamsher, MD
By Tanya Choudhary, ISSA Certified Specialist In Fitness & Nutrition

Raisins come in different sizes and colors! While you may be particularly fond of the most commonly found black raisins in your dessert recipes, do you know that your sweet tooth might actually be helping you with reaping black raisin benefits? Raisins are basically dried grapes that can be stored, preserved, and used for a longer time! Known for their subtle sweet taste and juicy flavor, these tiny dried fruits have much more to offer than just their rich taste! Highly nutritious, they come with a host of medicinal properties and health benefits! Grapes and raisins are naturally rich sources of several powerful plant compounds that help you improve your skin, hair, and overall health! To know more about the various black raisins benefits, continue reading!

Did You Know?
Black and yellow raisins are made from the same kind of grapes but the processing lends them different colors. Black raisins are sun-dried for weeks whereas yellow raisins are coated with sulfur-dioxide and dried with warm air.

Benefits of Black Raisins for Skin

Black raisins can give beautiful skin


If you want to stop the signs of aging even after reaching your late thirties, consuming black raisins regularly would be a great choice for you. Here is why this fruit is beneficial for your skin:

1. Keep your Blood Free from Impurities:

Flawless skin is something that each and every girl desires. But it often becomes hard for us to keep our blood free from toxins, waste materials and a number of other impurities, which eventually result in dry, acne-prone, unattractive facial skin. Here in comes the importance of black raisins. Being an excellent source of natural antioxidants, they accelerate the functions of the liver and the kidney. Furthermore, they eliminate damaging free radicals from our body and detoxify it completely. All these are helpful for getting clean and clear skin.

2. Stay Away from Premature Aging:

Black raisins are high in antioxidants as well as essential phytochemicals. Both these compounds are capable of protecting our skin cells from potential damage caused by long time exposure to the sun, excessive pollution, and so on. As they can prevent the disintegration of Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) of our skin cells by combating free radicals, our immunity goes high and the elasticity of our muscle fibers gets boosted largely. Consequently, we can avert premature ageing effectively.

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Fun Fact
In ancient times, black raisins were used as decoration in sacred places and given as a prize for winners of sporting events.

Benefits of Black Raisins for Hair

How many of us are tired of frequent hair fall or untimely greying? Many of us, right? Black raisins can come up as one of the best solutions for these issues. Have a look:

3. Bring Thinning of Hair to an end:

Black raisins can give thick voluminous hair


Say ‘NO’ to hair loss with black raisins. These small yet powerful fruits are full of iron, which is a vital and essential nutrient for our body. When it comes to keeping our circulatory system healthy, the importance of iron cannot be ignored. Conversely, a sound circulatory system is essential for maintaining the blood circulation throughout the scalp, stimulating the hair follicles, and preventing hair fall.

4. Prevent Premature Greying of Hair:

Woman checking for grey hair infront of the mirror


You can put a stop to the untimely greying of your hair by incorporating black raisins in your daily diet. They are not only full of iron, but also contain a large amount of Vitamin C that facilitates the fast absorption of the mineral and provides proper nourishment to the hair. Therefore, consuming black raisins is very helpful for keeping up the health as well as natural color of our hair.

Benefits of Black Raisins for Health

Bowl of cereal with black raisins for a healthy breakfast


Apart from enhancing our beauty, black raisins also offer quite a lot of benefits for our health. Below are some of the major health advantages of the fruit:

5. Fight against Bad Cholesterol:

Black raisins contain no cholesterol. Rather, it helps curb the adverse effects of Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) or so called ‘bad’ cholesterol found in our body. Researchers have proved that black raisins comprise lots of soluble fiber, which is basically an anti-cholesterol compound. It transfers LDL from our bloodstream to our liver and facilitates its elimination from our body. Polyphenols, the special class of organic antioxidant present in black raisins, also help in bringing the levels of cholesterol down in our body by restraining various cholesterol-absorbing enzymes.

6. Keeps Anemia at Bay:

People suffering from acute anemia can also be immensely benefited by black raisins. The iron content of these fruits is known to be much more than several other iron-rich fruits and vegetables. It means, if you make the consumption of black raisins a habit, you can easily meet the recommended daily intake of dietary iron and keep anemia at bay.

7. Keep Blood Pressure under Control:

High blood pressure or hypertension can cause significant health complications. Make sure that you are consuming black raisins every day in the morning. These are rich in potassium, the most effective mineral which can lower the level of sodium in our body considerably. As sodium is the main culprit in  increasing our blood pressure, keeping it in check is important for averting serious consequences. Hence, add black raisins to your daily intake of fruits to stay away from cardiovascular diseases.

8. Treat Osteoporosis Successfully:

Woman running and smiling


Besides potassium, black raisins also hold a fair amount of calcium. Being the most crucial constituent of our bones, calcium plays a key role in maintaining the health of our skeletal system. Lack of this mineral can result in severe bone disorders like osteoporosis. However, black raisins can increase the level of calcium in our body and help us treat these diseases successfully.

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Black raisins are tiny dried fruits with a sweet taste and juicy flavor. They are highly nutritious and have many medicinal properties. The health benefits of black raisins can be attributed to their powerful plant compounds. Regular consumption of black raisins may offer clear and clean skin, prevent premature aging, stop premature greying of hair, fight against bad cholesterol, and keep blood pressure under control. Hence, include black raisins in your diet and enjoy their benefits.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can we eat black raisins directly?

Yes. But soaking black raisins in water overnight and consuming them early in the morning is considered to be a very healthy option over direct eating.

How many raisins should I eat in a day?

There is no documented dosage level available for raisins. However, consumption of 4 servings per week (one serving of 40-50 g) is considered safe.

What happens if we eat soaked raisins daily?

Intake of soaked raisins may help in weight loss, strengthens bones, improves digestion, be great for your bones, and prevents anemia.

Is it good to drink soaked raisins water everyday?

Yes. Drinking soaked raisins water may help improve digestion problems like constipation and improve bowel movements.

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