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Grape originated in Persia and was brought to the Mediterranean region by the Phoenicians. It then spread across Greece and the Aegean islands. Grapes are cultivated in warm temperate regions throughout the world for their fruit and is used to also produce wine.

In ancient Greece, the grapevine was the symbol of civilization. The ancient Greeks worshipped Dionysus, the god of the grapevine, wine and ecstatic delirium. In the 15th century, in France, doctors used the gummy and limpid sap, called “vine tears”, on superficial wounds and as an eye lotion. At the end of the 18th century, German and British hygienists recommended the grape as the sole ingredient in a depurative diet.
Hippocrates used grapes to treat female disorders and eyelid psoriasis.

  • Grapes are rich in polyphenols, especially resveratrol and vitamins.

  • They have powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory properties.

  • They offer intense firming action and reduce the depth and number of wrinkles.

  • The nutrient content of grapes is close to that of blood plasma and grape fasts are recommended for detoxification.

  • They are a nourishing and slightly laxative fruit that can support the body through illness, especially of the gastro-intestinal tract and liver.

  • They are also helpful in the treatment of varicose veins, hemorrhoids and capillary fragility.

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