Being Healthy With Grapes
Grapes are one of the earliest known fruits to mankind. They are significant to the church as there is a mention of wine in the Bible. Even in India Susrusha Samhita and Charakha Samhita written in 12th and 13th century BC explained the medicinal value of grapes. There is mention of appropriate land for cultivation of grapes in the Artha Shastra written by Chanakya in 4th century BC.
Different breeds of grapes such as Vitis lanata and Vitis palmata grow wild in the north-western foothills of the Himalayas. Persians brought and cultivated grapes in North India and later on Christian missionaries brought them to South India. In the beginning of 20th century the nizams brought them to Hyderabad. The Anab-e-Shahi grapes available in Hyderabad are very popular. They are very big in size with one or two seeds in them. Primarily grapes are light green and black in colour. The size and colour varies according to the climate and the cultivable land. Grapes are easy to carry and can be eaten on feeling hungry without the hassle of peeling or throwing the seeds, etc.
Europeans cultivated grapes mainly for the production of wine. The wine extracted from the grapes has got excellent medicinal qualities. It is very beneficial for the heart. The French people use red wine extensively. Even though their food contains a lot of fat, they are not prone to any heart ailments and lead a healthy and long life because of the consumption of red wine. Wine improves blood circulation, working condition of the kidneys and saves kidneys from forming stones. It also helps in decreasing indigestion, constipation and also gives relief from throat and mouth infections.
Grapes have tremendous nutritional value. The essential vitamins, proteins, and powerful antioxidants in grapes give complete protection to our body. They contain minerals such as calcium, potassium, zinc, iron, etc. After drying they turn into raisins but retain their nutritional value except for water.
They contain vitamin C and K in abundance and low levels of sodium and fats. Most of the people in the western countries drink wine with their meal instead of water. The alcohol content in wine is quite low. So it does not give the effect of alcohol. This reminds me of people in Punjab who used to drink sugarcane juice with their meal instead of water in good old days.
PREPARATION OF BLACK GRAPE JUICE:
You can prepare fresh grape juice at home. Soak the grapes in salt water for about 15 minutes to get rid of the pesticides and other impurities. Wash them in normal water, add little old jaggery and water to grapes and extract the juice with the help of a juicer. Pour in a glass and serve with ice cubes.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLACK GRAPE JUICE:
■ It improves eyesight.
■ It ensures free urination and provides relief from burning sensation.
■ Heals Herpes and helps in fast recovery.
■ Gives instant energy and strength to the body.
■ Vitamin C present in grapes helps fight against various infections.
■ If there is bitterness in mouth due to some illness, grape juice helps to activate the taste buds.
■ It provides relief from thirst.
■ Provides relief from dry cough.
■ Helps in healing ulcers.
■ Helps lean people to gain weight.
■ Also improves memory.
■ Prevents blood clotting and helps improve blood circulation.
■ Helps prevent signs of aging.
For all the above benefits sip the juice slowly and allow it to mix with your saliva before swallowing.
■ Chewing few raisins improves the digestive power and activates the taste buds.
■ Consumption of grapes or grape juice delays the Alzheimer’s disease.
■ Add 10 black raisins to a cup of milk and boil for few minutes and add one spoon of misri (sugar candy). If taken for 40 days regularly you can get rid of heart ailments.
■ The skin of the grapes contains a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol which prevents cancer, heart diseases and other viral infections.
So include grapes in your breakfast, enjoy the above benefits and stay healthy.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna