Overview

Grapes are the fruit of grapevines. Vitis vinifera and Vitis labrusca are two common grapevine species. Vitis labrusca is commonly known as Concord grape. The whole fruit, skin, leaves, and seed of the grape plant are used as medicine.

Grape is used for poor circulation that can cause the legs to swell (chronic venous insufficiency or CVI) or for eye stress. Various grape products are also commonly used for diseases of the heart and blood vessels, other eye problems, gastrointestinal health, and many other conditions. But there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work ?

Grape contains flavonoids, which can have antioxidant effects, lower the levels of low density lipoproteins (LDLs, or "bad cholesterol"), relax blood vessels, and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The antioxidants in grape might help to prevent heart disease and have other potentially beneficial effects. Red grape varieties provide more antioxidants than white or blush grape varieties.

Grape leaf might reduce inflammation and have astringent effects. In other words, grape leaf seems to be able to draw tissue together, which could help stop bleeding and diarrhea. These properties appear to be greatest in the red leaves.

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