Use of Raisins in Ayurveda
In Ayurveda, raisins are considered to have great medicinal value.
They are beneficial for lungs, brain, throat, bowel and the womb. People who have weak respiratory system can benefit greatly from
regular consumption of raisins.
It also sharpens the brain and help in balancing emotions. If someone
feels too thirsty, he may try out raisins. Taken with milk or water,
raisins provide relief from excessive thirst.
Those suffering from constipation should try out raisins soaked
overnight. Taken with a combination of cool water and milk it helps
in regulating the bowel movement especially in the morning hours.
They are also beneficial for women who want to conceive, as they are
known to have the potential of increasing the natural fertility.
According to Ayurveda, raisins are 'cool' for the human body. However
one should consume them in moderation, as they are not 'light' enough.
In addition, their glycemic index is quite high. However, the
glycemic index can be reduced by mixing them with spices such as
cardamom and cinnamon.
Raisins are helpful in restoring the "Vata" and 'Pitta" balance
whereas it could actually aggravate the "Kapha" imbalance. They
restore Vata imbalance by regulating various abdominal activities.
The "Pitta" imbalance can be restored by eating raisins soaked
overnight are eaten in the morning. It not only improves the
digestive function but also pacifies the mind and induces emotional
Raisins are also recommended in Ayurveda for protecting the skin from
damage by sunlight. As raisins are heavy as well as sweet in nature,
they tend to aggravate the "Kapha" imbalance. For treating problems
related to "Pitta", Ayurevda suggests that they should be mixed with
cardamom or cinnamon.
In case of some particular diseases, an exclusive diet of raisins may
be recommended. One must remember here that raisins have eight times
more sweetness than grapes. Due to high sugar content they are also
known to be a high source of energy.