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.
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)
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