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Nutritional Health Benefits of Grapes – Total Ayurveda Details

Grape is the one of the must-have fruits for everyone. Ayurveda says “Drakshaa Phalottamaa” – of all the fruits grape is the best.  When we go to the fruit market, we can not get the sweet grapes always.  We may get more-sweet-little-sour variety or more-sour-little sweet variety etc. Each of those varieties have their own effect on Tridosha and our health as a whole. Let us explore the Ayurvedic health benefits of grapes varieties -dry and fresh,  unripe, semi ripe, full ripened etc.

Grapes benefits: 

Unripe grapes:

Unripe grapes are hot and pungent in nature, can cause Pitta imbalance, leading to skin and blood vitiation.

Semi ripened grapes: 

Semi ripened grapes are more sour than sweet. It improves appetite, improves taste.

More sweet less sour ripened grapes: 

Ripened grapes relieve thirst, useful in bleeding disorders, calms Pitta, it is soothing.

Dry Grapes  or Raisin benefits: 

    • Helps in easy bowel movement
    • Natural coolant
    • Very good for eyes
    • In most of the Ayurvedic preparations, where grapes are mentioned as ingredient, dry grapes are used.
    • Dry grapes / raisin is useful in the treatment of excessive thirst, fever, respiratory problems, vomiting, gout, liver disorders, excessive burning sensation, dryness, emaciation.
    • Raisin calms the mind. Hence, it is a good idea to have some grapes when you feel tired, burnt out or confused.
    • Raisins are also used in the treatment of intestinal disorders.
    • Raisin is especially used in treating the hang over due to excessive alcohol intake. and to reduce the effect of alcohol on body.
    • Hence it is advisable for regular alcoholics to have dry grapes often.
    • For students, to avoid tiredness, it is advised to soak 5 raisins over night. next day morning, throw away the water and eat the soaked raisin. (Source: Divine Park)

    Advice:

    grapes with milk is best avoided. Because Ayurveda advises to avoid sour fruits processing with milk.

    Nutritional benefits of grapes: This website describes in detail – read here

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Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Assistant Professor, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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Comments

  1. Should we avoid dried grapes (raisins) with milk too? Isn’t it common to add raisins in payasam (or kheer) which is usually milk-based?

  2. the water in which raisins are soaked has nutritional value. Then why throw instead of drinking?

    • Well, yes. That can also be done, but I do not think it will be so nutritious to consider drinking. All the water soluble active principles of the raisin will be still intact within the swollen raisins, rather than getting transferred to water just over the period of 10 hours.

  3. Grapes improve metabolism and have diuretic, anti inflammation, light laxative and inducing perspiration effect.The fruit provides instant energy. The fruit is good to consume in conditions like gout, rheumatism, constipation and disorders of skin and liver.

  4. Nice information. Thanks. Can you please provide information on the difference between kishmish (without seed) and Munakka (with seed). I think both are prepared from the grapes. The benefits both offer etc and way to consume them.

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