Grapes are believed to be oldest cultivated fruit! Fossilized vines have been discovered dating to the Bronze Age (4000 – 1200 BCE). Evidence of wine dates back further as residue discovered in pots 10,000 years old in the Asian country of Georgia.
Wine is often considered the oldest man-made medicinal! It was used to protect Grape juiceagainst disease, treat wounds and poor digestion, ease pain in child birth, relieve lethargy, lessen intestinal distress, protect blood vessels, prevent heart disease and relieve sinus problems. It was also deemed a safe substitute for water. Wine was even employed to slow loss of mental acuity and delay dementia!
Ancient Egypt and Greece, as well as early Islamic history, had many traditional uses of wine in medicine and religion. Wine was considered more effective than any other medicine! Today many of the ancient nutritional properties of grapes (and wine in moderation) have been found scientifically sound!
Grape juice has no cholesterol and very few calories. It is rich in essential nutrients which reduce the risk of viral and fungal infections, Alzheimer’s disease, and high blood pressure.
And grapes show promise as cancer fighters! Grape juice is high in resveratrol which has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Some studies show surprisingly strong anti-aging factors, but more recent research is calling into question these anti-aging claims. However, the latest study completed this year supports earlier studies that show anti-aging factors.
delicious grape juice recipe Grapes are high in vitamins C, A, K, thiamin, riboflavin and pyridoxine. They provide a rich source of the electrolyte potassium. Grapes are a good source of the minerals iron, copper and manganese. Antioxidant enzymes formed by the combination of copper and manganese assist in cleansing the body of unhealthy free radicals.
Green and white grapes contain antioxidants known as ‘catechins.’ Like ‘anthocyanins’ in red grapes, these provide protection against many diseases.
Recipes for Grape Juice & Smoothies
1 quart container of concord Grapes – any Grapes will do but I love concord and they are known for anti-cancer properties. Put the whole bunch of Grapes in the juicer or smoothie maker – stems, seeds and all!
And this one is just so good with just Grapes and nothing else, but I love adding 1″ of Wheatgrass.
Grape Apple Green Delight
1 bunch of Grapes – stems, seeds and all!
1 Apple – core, seeds and all!
Handful of your favorite green such as beet greens, collards, kale or spinach
1/2 thumb Ginger
More delicious and powerful recipes can be found in Juicing & Smoothie Recipes That Heal! available here in the box on the right and for Kindle, Nook and iPad users at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks.