Meet The Plant | Grapes

Feb 14, 2022

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Did you know in ancient times every single part of the grape plant was used, including the sap in the vines was used for medicinal purposes?  Grapes are a known natural diuretic, are rich in antioxidants, can be protective of the heart, and free radical damage.

Grapes (especially frozen grapes in the summer) are one of our all-time favorite snacks.

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What are grapes good for?

Cardiovascular Health (aka Heart Health)
Grapes are very rich in antioxidants which have been shown to prevent or even reverse the effects of the hardening of arteries.

Blood Sugar Regulation
Grapes are a slow-release carbohydrate that can be very helpful in regulating blood sugar levels.  Its high content of fiber and antioxidants can also reduce the development of metabolic syndrome.

Grapes contain a very rich amount of many antioxidants (flavonoids, anthocyanins, stilbenes, etc) which can reduce the risk of cancers caused by free-radical damage.

Grapes contain a high amount of potassium, and very little sodium – this encourages the body to flush out excess toxins.

How to get the most from your grapes?

Pick seeded varieties.  Crunch and eat the seeds, because oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes, vitamin E, and linolenic acid are all concentrated in the seeds.
Make raisins.  Fructan is a soluble fiber (formed from fructose when dried) that feeds the good bacteria in the gut.
Use the leaves.  Grapes leaves are rich in antioxidant polyphenols and have traditionally been used for pain and inflammation.

What about all the colors?

Red Grapes
Red grapes are the most abundant in anthocyanins (an antioxidant) that are heart protective and anticancer.

White/Green Grapes
Is rich in flavonoids, especially catechins.  This is the same antioxidant found in cocoa.

How to make tea from grapes leaves?

A comforting, and stomach-soothing tea is best made when using the leaves of grapes.

  Simply place a handful of fresh grape leaves into a glass jar or teapot.
  Cover the leaves with boiling water and allow them to steep for 10-15 minutes.
  Strain and serve.

Please note: you can also make a delicious and effective herbal infusion with dried grape leaves when fresh isn’t available.


Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.


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