August 27, 2018

The common grape vine, also known as Vitis vinifera, is one of the most cultivated fruit vines in the world. A large variety of grapes are grown all through the year under the best conditions to ensure quality produce. One of the main uses of grapes is winemaking and it is the wine industry that has made the fruit so popular. But grapes by themselves are a great addition to a balanced diet and are packed with nutrients required by the body. Some of the other uses of grapes include making raisins, grape juice, and in cooking. Raisins or dried grapes are a very popular addition to desserts and even savory dishes in many cultures.

Studies have found that winemaking has been around for at least 7,000 years and cultivations and harvesting of grapes, for much longer. Throughout European history, grapes have been associated with winemaking but have also been used in traditional medicine. Some of the ailments treated by grapes include sore throats, infections of the skin and eyes, and kidney and liver disease. Raisins were used to treat constipation and were also a popular food in desert areas because they last long and prevent dehydration. Grape leaves were used in the treatment of hemorrhoids.

Nutrient content of grape skin extract
Grapes are found to contain phenols, polyphenols, resveratrol, and carotenoids, as well as vitamin K, many of the B complex vitamins and copper. Grapes are also high in fiber. The highest concentration of the nutrients is in the skin of the grapes and the extract is a good source of resveratrol which is an antioxidant. The darker the color of the grape skins the higher the concentration of the reddish plant pigment anthocyanins. Darker colored grape skins also have a higher concentration of phytonutrients and flavonoids.

Uses of grape skin extract
The antioxidant resveratrol found in grape skin extract is effective in treating symptoms of aging because it neutralizes free radicals that cause cell damage.

The combination of phytochemicals including resveratrol found in grape skin extract was found to inhibit the growth of malignant cells in prostate cancer. According to a research paper published in the September 2007 issue of Cancer Research, treating cultures of prostate cancer cells with grape skin extract either inhibited cell growth or caused the cells to die off.

Another study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, February 2010, showed that high blood pressure in mice was brought back to normal when treated with grape skin extract.

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