The Health Benefits of Grape Leaf Tea
Grape leaves, roots, seeds and the vines have been used for centuries for its health benefits. In some countries, grape leaves are typically steamed and stuffed with rice, ground meat, vegetables and herbs.
In the Middle East, countries surrounding the Mediterranean sea, Asia, and Africa, grape leaves have been used as an anti-inflammatory, for their high antioxidant content, to improve blood circulation, support weight loss by improving metabolism, to relieve stomach aches, reduce acid reflux, relieve headaches, remove water retention, detox the liver, reduce high blood pressure, and many more. The leaves that are popularly used to make tea are rich in vitamins A, C, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, and thiamine.
Grape leaf tea known for its delicious sweet taste is commonly used to treat stomach-aches, diarrhoea, and thrush. Grape Leaves contain stilbene synthase which is an enzyme that helps create resveratrol in the body. Grape Leaves are great for the skin because they contain lots of vitamin E, polyphenols like green tea and other natural ingredients that age related lines and dry skin.
Crushed grape leaves can be made into a paste, adding a little bit of grape juice and honey which is then spread on the skin and left for about 20 to 30 minutes; it will definitely improve the quality of your skin. Grape leaf tea contains lots of antioxidants that bind up free radicals helping to slow that aging process and also prevent diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Grape leaves are very low in calories because they contain no fat and almost no digestible carbohydrates or sugar. A handful of grape leaves have less than 30 calories, which is probably less energy than it takes for you to chew, swallow and digest them, which makes its tea a good choice for weight loss.
Calcium in the tea is important for strong bones and normal muscle tone, whereas vitamin A is a potent antioxidant that promotes good vision, especially at night. Tea has been consumed for years because of the numerous benefits that it offers.