Bright berries —blue, green, and red-shimmering in the rays of the sunset sun with all the colors of the rainbow. A divine fragrance emanating from clusters of grapes, sheltered from the scorching sun in the shade of spreading leaves. The rays of the sun going below the horizon Shine on the surface of the berries, in the distance you can see the mountain peaks…
Such associations can arise when mentioning such a well-known delicacy as grapes. This berry was known in Ancient Greece. And the Phoenicians began to supply grapes to France in 600 BC. In Romania, it is customary to sing of grapes: “Who eats grapes, he eats the condensed sun.” It is difficult to argue with this: the berry, filled with the light of the sun, the power of the earth and caressed by warm southern winds, is born with only one goal — to bring happiness and joy to all living beings. You can add up legends about the benefits of grapes: even the ancient Greeks treated colds and many other diseases with this berry. In modern medicine, there is even a whole direction that is based on the treatment of diseases exclusively with grapes — ampelotherapy.
Benefits of grapes
Grapes can raise the level of nitric oxide in the blood, preventing the formation of blood clots. Thus, grapes are useful for preventing heart attacks. Also, the benefits of grapes are found in such ailments as asthma, chronic constipation, indigestion, liver problems, and chronic fatigue. Grapes are rich in substances such as antioxidants and have a powerful anti-aging effect on the body.
As for grape juice, it is very effective in treating migraines. It is recommended to drink the juice on an empty stomach. And each grape variety has its own indications for use. For example, juice from green berries will help increase immunity, vigor and energy levels, and juice from dark grapes will have an anti-tumor effect on the body, stimulate the brain and help improve vision. Red grape varieties have powerful antibacterial properties, protecting the body from microorganisms, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Also, the juice of red grapes is effective in the treatment of herpes.
It is worth noting that we are talking about natural juice, which is ideally made by you personally, and not purchased in the store. Store-bought juice is most likely a set of chemicals, preservatives, dyes and flavorings. Generally speaking, this is just a product for getting a taste, not a benefit.
Grapes are a storehouse of vitamins, amino acids, trace elements, fiber, pectins, enzymes and essential oils. The benefits that grapes can bring to the body, it is difficult to overestimate. The grape is capable of:
- Neutralize the effects of cholesterol.
- Normalize the gastrointestinal tract, regulate metabolism, eliminate constipation, have a diuretic effect.
- To establish the work of the nervous system, reduce fatigue, restore vigor, give vivacity, improve performance.
- Strengthen the walls of blood vessels, eliminate the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- To have an antioxidant effect on the body, which in turn causes a marked restorative and antitumor effect.
- Cleanse the body, remove heavy metals and even radioactive compounds.
- Enrich the body with B vitamins, which will improve hematopoiesis functions.
- Normalize hemoglobin levels.
- Help in the fight against fungal diseases.
- Improve complexion and skin condition.
- Improve the condition of hair, nails, teeth, bones through the presence of large amounts of phosphorus, calcium and riboflavin in berries.
- Stimulate the heart thanks to the presence in berries of a component such as potassium.
The dangers of grapes
However, despite all the miraculous properties of this beautiful berry, it has a number of contraindications. It is not recommended to use grapes during exacerbations of gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer, as well as diarrhea. Diabetes and obesity, hypertension, cirrhosis of the liver, colitis, caries, stomatitis are also contraindications for the use of grapes.
It is worth noting the General recommendations for the use of grapes. Grapes are desirable to eat separately from other products, in extreme cases, you can combine with sweet fruits. But with all other food products, grapes should not be consumed, since this will provoke fermentation processes in the intestine and lead to the formation of ethanol in the body. It is also not recommended to eat grapes in the evening, after 4-5 PM, — at this time, insulin production is reduced and processing of fruits, in particular grapes, becomes difficult for the body. And if the grapes are not fully digested, it will also lead to fermentation processes.
Another important point: after eating grapes, it is recommended to rinse your mouth thoroughly, since the sugars contained in the berries have a negative effect on the tooth enamel, destroying it. It is worth, however, to warn against brushing your teeth with a toothbrush immediately after eating grapes, since the acids contained in grapes soften the tooth enamel, and if you start brushing your teeth immediately after that, the brush will severely damage the enamel. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with room temperature water.
It is also worth warning against using such a grape variety as “Isabella”, since it contains a high concentration of alcohol-methanol-which is a poison for the human body. Green grapes in large quantities can also be harmful: it can cause a pronounced laxative effect and intestinal disorders. For people who are prone to allergic reactions, it is not recommended to use black grapes.
So, the use of grapes can lead to the following undesirable consequences:
- increased blood glucose levels;
- stimulating your appetite, which can lead to overeating;
- aggravation of caries and the destruction of tooth enamel if used incorrectly;
- disorder of the stomach and intestines;
- in case of improper and excessive use — fermentation and formation of ethanol.
Difference in grape varieties
Depending on the variety, grapes have certain qualities and properties that should be taken into account when using them. Let’s look at the main features of different grape varieties:
- For those who suffer from allergies or have a tendency to allergic reactions, it is recommended to use green grapes.
- White grapes have the lowest sugar content.
- To stimulate the immune system or treat ophthalmic diseases, it is recommended to use blue grape varieties, since they contain anthocyanins.
- Red grapes are recommended for obtaining antioxidants.
- Black grapes have an antibacterial and antitumor effect.
Grapes during pregnancy
During pregnancy, a woman is particularly careful about choosing food, and the question arises: “Can I eat grapes?”It is worth noting that grapes contain a lot of useful components that are necessary during pregnancy: manganese, cobalt, potassium, iron, calcium, citric and malic acids, as well as many vitamins. These include vitamin B, which is responsible for energy exchange and metabolism; vitamin PP, which is responsible for the formation of fetal tissues and the nervous system; and vitamin A, which improves vision. Also important is the presence of antioxidants in berries, which remove bile and toxins. Grapes contain such important components for a pregnant woman as iron (the daily rate of iron is contained in 1 kg of grapes) and calcium (in a kilogram — 450 g).
Therefore, the use of grapes during pregnancy will be useful for both the mother and the unborn child. It is only necessary to warn against eating black grapes: it can cause harm due to certain features. In this case, the most useful for a pregnant woman will be green grapes, since it has a diuretic effect and can prevent edema, which is one of the frequent problems during pregnancy.
When using grapes, you should exercise sanity. If the pregnancy period falls in the summer and autumn, then you can use grapes without fear. But if it is winter, then buy grapes in the supermarket, which were taken to this shelf for more than one day, is not worth it, since it is likely to have undergone any processing and the health of the baby this can affect extremely negatively.
What to look for when choosing grapes?
You should pay attention to its quality. Signs of quality grapes:
- no dents on the berries,
- no rotten spots,
- berries are dense to the touch,
- if the branch is green — it is a sign of freshness,
- the presence of black spots on berries is a sign of maturity,
- if you shake a bunch of grapes, you can pay attention to how many berries will fall: if more than 3-5 berries, then the bunch is not the first freshness.
Thus, grapes are an excellent product for a balanced healthy diet. However, in order not to harm yourself, you should exercise common sense and moderation in the use of this product. Otherwise, the consequences can be very disastrous. Grapes are best consumed during the season — from August to October, depending on the region. In this case, there is a guarantee that this grape is local and not imported, which means that it is not processed with different chemicals for transportation and storage.