Red Grape Leaves – Red Vine
Red grape leaves are often used as a food source in some Mediterranean countries. The leaves contain the antioxidant enzyme reservatrol which helps combat diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart conditions. They are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids and are believed to possess anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
It is thought that French farmers were the first to apply red grape leaves to swollen legs. Since then the leaf extract of the red vine has become increasingly sought after as a treatment for Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). Medical studies have shown red vine leaf extract to be particularly effective in improving blood flow to the lower legs thereby providing relief to varicose veins.
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