Historically speaking, grapes enjoy the prestige of being known as the first and oldest cultivated fruit. Research has shown that wild grapes have been growing way back in prehistoric times, most especially in the western and middle-eastern regions of Asia. In fact, there are numerous biblical references to grapes being called as “fruits of the vine”. Ancient Egyptian tombs and Phoenician artifacts have also shown that grapes were already being cultivated at that time for food and winemaking.
The earliest references to grapes being used for winemaking dates back to around 6000 B.C. in ancient locations which are now known as Georgia and Iran, while in Europe, evidence pointing to the domestication and cultivation of grapes have been found to go back as far as 3000 B.C. The rise of the Greek and Roman empires also gave rise to the popularity of grapes and its usage for winemaking. More than 90 varieties of grapes were grown at this time, and it was common to see huge swathes of land in the Rhine Valley covered with grape plantations.
Grapes are valued for its alkaline-forming properties which are proven to be greatly beneficial to our health. The fruit has a high acid content, but when consumed and digested, it has been proven to have an alkaline-forming effect on the body. This enables our bodies to combat the development of tumors, as well as improve the functions of our immune system. As a matter of fact, the alkalinity of grapes has contributed greatly to its ability in providing several health benefits.
Along with its ability to inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors in the body, grapes have also shown a restorative effect on the bodies of severely weakened patients due to the degenerative effects of cancer. Due to the high potassium content in grapes, it can also aid in the cleaning of the liver and kidneys, and improve their functions as well. The alkaline-forming properties of grapes also help to lower the acid levels of uric acid in our bodies, which benefit our kidneys to a huge degree.
The rich iron content of grapes, along with its antioxidant properties, allow for a healthier cardiovascular system, as grapes can lower high blood pressures, improve blood circulation, and lower the chances of anemia. Physicians have also promoted the drinking of grape juice to improve the health of our blood cells (or platelets), which lessens the chances of blood clot formation and in turn reduces the chances of a heart attack.
The importance of grapes in promoting a healthier heart is invaluable. Science has already discovered that due to their high consumption of grapes and wine made from grapes, the French enjoy the lowest instances of heart-related health problems as compared to the rest of the world.
Grapes also have a high glucose content, which is perfect for re-energizing the body. Glucose is immediately stored in our body right after it is consumed, where it is available to provide heat and energy to our systems when needed. The sugar from grapes is also easily absorbed by the body, so the digestive system is not overburdened.