Grapes nourish the blood and support pregnancy

Grapes are a seasonal fruit but when out of season you can still buy dried grapes (sultanas) so you can eat them all year round.  I would like to share with you the health benefits of grapes.

1. Health benefits of grapes

i) Spleen, Kidney and Pregnancy
Chinese medicine considers that the whole pregnancy, including production of the egg, implantation and the growing of the fetus all are related to the major organs of the kidneys and spleen. For example, kidney essence from the parents are associated with the baby’s constitution and original essence. The spleen function supports Qi energy and blood to the uterus ensuring the uterus can acquire enough blood supply so the baby can grow well. In my clinical experience of pregnancy problems, many miscarriages or unsuccessful pregnancies are associated with kidney and spleen function disorder.

The symptoms of weak spleen and kidney’s are lack of energy, pale complexion, lower back weakness or pain, arms and legs tired and heavy, bloating (especially after eating), diarrhea or sluggish stool, frequent urination in the evening, lower libido, irregular period or iron deficiency.

Many women in the early stage of pregnancy may suffer from severe nausea, vomiting, lack of energy or poor appetite. These are to due to kidney and spleen deficiency or disorder.

I suggest that if you have any of the symptoms above before or during a pregnancy, you can eat a certain amount of grapes or sultanas to support your pregnancy while your undergoing treatment.

ii) Grapes can Help Support Pregnancy and Help Tonify Blood and Qi
A traditional diet therapy book called “Shen Nong Ben Cao”  suggests that grapes taste sweet and mildly sour and have a neutral characteristic (neither hot nor cold). Grapes help kidney and spleen organs and channels. It has effects whereby it tonify’s Qi and blood and supports pregnancy by balancing spleen and kidney function.

iii) Benefits to Bones and Joints
Ancient renowned Chinese herbal treatise “Book of Shennong Herbals” recorded unlimited properties and uses for grapes.  Grapes can nourish the liver and kidneys, strengthening the bones and muscles.  Therefore those suffering from bone diseases, such as joint pain, stiff or weak joints and may have osteoporosis or osteoarthritis. Eating a certain amount of grapes will help improve your condition whilst undergoing your medical treatment.

iv) Tonifying Blood
Grapes, especially sultanas have high nourishing properties containing high  natural sugars and iron which invigorate the Qi and enriching the blood. This is suitable for the following people:
a. Growing children
b. Women after labour, period, pregnancy or breast feeding
c. After an operation and long illness. Traditional diet therapy books also mentions that it is suitable for those who have a low white blood cell count.
d. Those who are overworking mentally and physically

2. Recipe

i) Grape Porridge
Very easy to cook – boil 2 handfuls of oats for 1-2 minutes and add 1 tablespoon of dried grapes or sultanas.

ii) Grapes can be eaten once to three times a week with approximately one tablespoon of sultanas or a handful of fresh grapes.

3. Precautions

i) Grapes are high in natural sugar which makes them unsuitable for some diabetics and those who require a low sugar diet.

ii) If you are unsure of your constitution or if grapes are suitable for you, you should seek the advice of your experience Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner.

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4 Responses to Grapes nourish the blood and support pregnancy

  1. Elnie 3 November, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    i have been eating a lot of grapes since i was pregnant. Does it affect my baby?

    • Ping Ming Health 24 November, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

      Dear Elnie, Chinese medicine dietary advice recommends eating all types of foods in moderation. Unless you have an existing medical condition which your doctor (or other health practitioner) has advised you against eating certain foods, eating a moderate amount of grapes should not affect your baby. You may also wish to choose organic (pesticide-free) grapes which are a better choice during pregnancy. We wish you the best with your pregnancy.

  2. Nisha 10 January, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    My 2nd trimester is going on & I feel very uneasy, I dont feel like eating anything. Kindly suggest me as I am working & due to this I am not able to concentrate on my work & my office is on 2nd floor & my home on 1st. Is it good to to take stairs.
    My Heart & Stomach burns. Is it good to have fruits like grapes during this time.

    Kindly suggest me soon.

    Thanks
    Nisha Mohanty

    • Ping Ming Health 20 February, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

      Dear Nisha, thank you for your question. If you have heart and stomach burn, then generally grapes are not suitable as they are regarded as a warming food. I suggest you visit an experienced local medical doctor or Chinese medicine practitioner to find out what foods are suitable for you, and if there is an underlying condition that needs further attention. Kind regards, Ping Wang.

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