- The vine and its health benefits
- Grow the vine for its benefits
- The vine in the kitchen for its benefits
The grape is the fruit of the vine (Vitis vinifera), a sarmentous and woody plant, of the Vitaceae family, native to temperate western Asia.
First present in the wildin many parts of the world, the vine has been domesticated over the centuries for the production of wine and table grapes. This fruit very popular with the French has many benefits and virtues on health.
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The vine and its health benefits
Sweet and sun-drenched, the grapes arethe fruit of energy and energy. Rich in refreshing juice, it also brings manyminerals (especially potassium),fibers andvitamins.
- Grapes (especially red) have a recognized positive effect on the prevention of cardiovascular illnesses. The consumption of red grape juice could also lower bad cholesterol and increase the "good" and have a protective effect against the development of some cancers.
- Several studies have also shown that the consumption of grape juice (especially red) has a beneficial effect on motor skills and on the memory.
- Rich in vitamins B and C and in antioxidants (flavonoids), the red grape would help fight against aging cells by slowing down the action of free radicals.
- Rich in fibers, the grapes favor the intestinal transit.
- Grapes, in their skin essentially, also contain resveratrol, a precious anti-aging to the effects antioxidants which allows the vine to regenerate... and our skin to do the same when we consume! Resveratrol also has virtues cardioprotective interesting.
- Grape leaves and grape seed extracts relieve symptoms ofvenous insufficiency and are excellent against varicose veins. They also make it possible to deal with problems related to capillary fragility: haemorrhage, nosebleeds, haemorrhoids, bruises and petechiae (red spots on the skin).
- Thanks to the tannins they contain, the vine leaves are very astringent and restore good blood circulation. They are effective in case of diarrhea chronic and to fight against uterine hemorrhages.
- Thevine sap which flows from the branches in spring ("crying of the vine") proves to be tonic, antihaemorrhagic and healing It is recommended in cases of conjunctival and ocular affections.
- The grapes are refreshing, diuretic and laxative. You can drink it in cure if you have constipation, arthritis, rheumatism or gout. A cure will also be effective against diseases of the skin, liver and urinary tract as well as in cases of hypertension and arteriosclerosis.
Grow the vine for its benefits
- Unless you live in the Mediterranean region, we advise you to plant the vine sheltered from a wall facing south. In winter, the vine begins to suffer at - 15° C. A two-day jelly to -2° C after the departure of a vegetation can destroy the future harvest.
- The vine supports virtually all well-drained landbut it does not like soils that are too fertile, in this case the plant develops more leaves than fruits.
- If you want to cultivate the vine in potopt for a small-growing variety (such as "Perdin" for example), which grows well in 30 cm planters.
- Warning, mildew, powdery mildew, phylloxera, mites, wasps and hornets attack the vines and its fruits!
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The vine in the kitchen for its benefits
For varieties grown in gardens, fruits are eaten as is. We also make juice, jam (raisin), pies and of course wine. Lightly cooked, the grapes serve as a garnish for game and poultry.
The grape seeds give an oil of excellent quality recommended in many diets.
70 kcal / 100 g for the white grape, 62 kcal / 100 g for black grapes. Rich in sugar, the grapes also contain vitamin B, vitamin C and a lot of minerals: phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and calcium.