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Food in Chinese Medicine: Grapes

Updated: Apr 15, 2019

Sweet and juicy grapes are another summer favourites that contains nutrients such as vitamin c (promotes healing), vitamin k (important for blood clotting), potassium (regulates blood pressure) and dietary fibre (a must for bowel motions).

Grapes have neutral characteristics (neither too hot or too cold in property), sweet and mildly sour in taste. It can target the liver and spleen by tonifying qi and nourish blood. The liver governs tendons and spleen governs muscles, hence grapes can benefit bones and joints. In Australia, grapes are at its peak season between February and March, and again in May, making it an ideal fruit for quenching thirst for the dry Australian summer and autumn period.

Grapes can also nourish the intestine to promote bowel motion (contains lots of tannin), hence eating too many grapes may result in diarrhoea. If its chilled grapes (straight out of the fridge), it may lead to stomach cramps with bowel motion especially for those with a sensitive digestive system.

Lastly, grapes are high in fructose but there are also studies that show the benefits of fruit consumption for diabetes. As with all good things, moderation is the key to maintaining a strong and healthy body.


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