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Raisins are balancing for Vata because they are sweet, and especially balancing for Pitta because they are also cooling.  Because they are heavy to digest, and have a high glycemic index, raisins are best eaten in moderation.  Cinnamon helps to lower the glycemic index, so adding a little cinnamon to raisins is a good idea.  Raisins are found in many Indian dishes.  In Ayurveda, raisins are known to be very healing, and by using raisins in food, we reap the benefits simply by eating!  The medicinal qualities of raisins are many.  Raisins are lubricating to the body, especially the lungs.  And raisins are good for both the brain, and the mind; they can help to uplift and balance emotions.  Raisins with either milk or water are very good for relieving thirst.  To help with bowel function, soak some raisins overnight and eat them and drink the raisin-water in the morning.  Raisins have also been known to support fertility in women.  It is best to store raisins in the refrigerator to prevent fermentation.

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