A favorite drink throughout the history of mankind. From 3500 B.C., the ancient Egyptians considered the drink of grapes an elixir of youth. Wine’s popularity has continued to this day, although nowadays, it is not so popular for its medicinal properties.
The Common Grape Vine is a creeper plant from the vine family. It most likely originates from Central Asia and was cultivated only five thousand
years ago in ancient Egypt. Vines can grow in gardens; however, wild varieties are also seen growing in moist forest areas or on river banks. This plant can grow up to thirty meters or 100 feet in height.
Vine leaves are mostly circular, with three to five lobes. Ripe fruit – berries – are spherical, egg-shaped, or of a rounded, cylindrical shape. Where colors are concerned, they are diverse – from green, yellow-green, and yellow to red, to dark purple.
Vine leaves have played a major role in folk medicine since ancient times.
Various decoctions and applications were prepared and – thanks to their
polyphenols – grew in popularity. This substance looks after the vessel wall and aids good blood circulation in limbs. It sustains a healthy heart and reduces the permeability and swelling of capillaries. The leaves can relieve heavy, tired legs and serve as powerful antioxidants.
The fruits of the vine – grapes – ripen in late summer. The more sunshine they get during growth and maturation, the sweeter they will be. Grapes conceal two substances which puts them well above other berries – flavonoids and rosveratrol.
The former named substance is found in most of the berries, while the latter is more or less rare and is found in grape skins. Several studies have demonstrated that rosveratrol has cancer- and tumor-fighting effects. They act as a natural prevention against cancer, specifically thanks to ellagic acid.
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