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The benefits and harms of grape leaves for our body

Grape leaves With the emergence of new, early and winter-hardy grape varieties, planting of this culture is carried out not only in the southern regions of the country, traditional for viticulture, but also in the central zone, in the Urals and even in the Siberian region. At the same time, getting the first harvest of berries, winegrowers discover for themselves the benefits of grape leaves, their taste and methods of using in cooking..

Armenian, Greek, Bulgarian, Moldavian, Vietnamese and many other national cuisines cannot be imagined without grape leaves. At the same time, the most famous dish of grape leaves stuffed with minced meat has become truly international. In addition, young grape leaves are used for stewing and marinades, they are salted, added to soups and meat stews..

Giving a characteristic aroma and piquancy to the taste of dishes, the leaves themselves are saturated with the aromas of meat, game and vegetables..

Stuffed grape leaves However, its use in cooking is not the only advantage of the product. Grape leaves are really healthy. For example, US doctors, having studied the beneficial properties and contraindications of grape leaves, included this product in the national list of valuable dietary foods (see the recipe for dolma in grape leaves).

Composition of grape leaves

For eating, young grape leaves that have not yet coarsened are collected, whose benefits are maximum, the leaf plate is elastic, the veins are still juicy.

Pickled grape leavesThe energy value of 100 grams of such a product, which is 93 kcal, is determined by the content of 2.1 grams of fat, 5.6 grams of protein and 6.3 grams of carbohydrates. The leaves harvested from the vine are rich in fiber, vitamins A, K and PP, ascorbic acid and a number of compounds related to B vitamins.

A 100-gram serving of grape leaves can provide the human body with half the daily intake of sodium, manganese and copper.

Greens also contain elements such as calcium, iron, phosphorus and zinc. And it is this rich biochemical composition that determines the benefits and harms of grape leaves..

Useful properties of grape leaves

Grape leaves are used for female diseasesIn Europe and a number of Asian countries, decoctions and infusions on green leaves of grapes have long been recognized as a means of relieving pain, strengthening and toning. Up to the century before last, tincture on the leaves was recommended for diseases of the female genital area and bleeding. Native Americans have also noticed the benefits of grape leaves of local grape varieties. North American Indians used herbal tea as an analgesic and antipyretic agent. The drink was given for indigestion, and the lotions were used for manifestations of rheumatism..

Modern studies of the composition and possible benefits of grape leaves have made it possible to talk about the correctness of many guesses of folk healers..

Grape leaves are a natural oxidantA source of vitamin A, grape leaves are a powerful natural antioxidant that helps:

  • maintain and enhance human immunity;
  • protect the cells of the body from negative factors and substances from the external environment;
  • protect a person from aging.

Due to the presence of this vitamin, grape leaves are useful for diseases of the organs of vision, a drop in its acuity, and chronic eye fatigue. Regular inclusion of dishes made from grape leaves in the menu helps to improve the quality of the skin and hair. And together with calcium, carotene has a beneficial effect on the nervous system and muscle condition.

Dolma from grape leavesIt is believed that only one grape leaf can protect from caries. What are the benefits and harms of grape leaves in this area? Indeed, if you chew on a leaf every day, you can thereby fight against pathogenic flora, plaque deposits and the first signs of periodontal disease. However, it is important not to overdo it, so that the acids in the leaves do not cause the opposite of the therapeutic effect of the effect..

Omega-3 fatty acids are also part of the benefits of grape leaves.

These active substances have established themselves as an effective prophylactic agent in the fight against cancer, arrhythmias and joint diseases..

Grape leaves suitable for picklingGrape leaves are useful for various inflammatory processes of the gastrointestinal tract, skin and mucous membranes. In regards to digestive processes, the benefits of grape leaves are due to the high fiber content. Dietary fiber, filling the stomach, contributes to the appearance of a feeling of fullness and free the intestines from accumulating toxins, so the leaves can be attributed to foods for weight loss and cleansing the body. In addition, fiber prolongs the release of sugar into the blood..

There are studies proving the benefits of Amur grape leaves in the treatment and prevention of such a complex and formidable disease as Alzheimer’s disease..

And the extract from the leaves and shoots helps to reduce the swelling that accompanies chronic venous insufficiency and exerts additional stress on the heart.

Contraindications to the use of grape leaves

Grape leaves marinatedWith a huge number of useful properties, contraindications of grape leaves are no less important and should be taken into account when the product is included in the daily menu. People suffering from acute forms of gastrointestinal diseases, for example, gastritis or ulcers, as well as those who are overweight, can use grape leaves after heat treatment or, especially, as part of canned food, only after permission from the attending physician.

It is pickled or salted grape leaves that deserve especially careful handling, since such products, in addition to plant raw materials, contain a large amount of sodium and acids. And here the harm of grape leaves clearly prevails over the benefits. You should not get carried away with dishes with grape leaves for those who have diabetes mellitus, as well as women with long pregnancy and lactating mothers.

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