Yes, I admit it, grape juice is my every autumn’s obsession. I just love the taste, the texture, the boost of energy it gives me and when I think about all the health benefits, I’m just happy.
So, what should you know about purple grape juice? It has the highest concentration of antioxidants – chemicals which help to neutralise unstable oxygen molecules called free radicals. It reduces the risk of blood clots, lowers the levels of bad cholesterol, helps maintain a normal blood pressure. Grapes are rich in health-protecting antioxidants, including resveratrol and flavonoids. These antioxidants are found mainly in the skin, stem, leaf and seeds of grapes, rather than in their pulp. That’s why I always save the skin, stem and seeds of grapes after they have been juiced and use them to make a winter tincture. You just need the juicing pulp leftovers and vodka. Yes, that’s right, a bottle of good vodka spices things up. 🙂
Step 1: How to make the juice
Choose the type of grape that you want to juice. I used Merlot grapes. Clean them well, take them off the stem and just juice them. I have a Hurom juicer, which has absolutely changed my life. I use it on a daily basis. It’s a cold pressed juicer and a cold pressed juicer offers tastier, more nutritious juice. Cold pressed juicers are also called slow-press or masticating juicers – they produce less heat than other machines and thus preserve more nutrients for healthier juice.
Step 2: How to make the winter potion (grapes tincture)
Save the pulp leftovers from the juicing, place it in a mason jar with vodka to cover it. Keep it sealed and closed for a couple of weeks, then take the liquid out and place it in an amber glass medicine bottle. Take 10 to 20 drops of the tincture during winter before meals.
What are the health benefits of resveratrol?
- It protects the endothelial lining of the arteries—in this way, blood flows as it should.
- Aging – it reduces oxidative stress
- Skin care – fights skin damage caused by ultraviolet light.
- Cancer– suppresses and prevents cancer cell replication
- Muscle health – reduces muscle wasting associated with diabetes and cancer.
- Weight Loss – stimulates the expression of adiponectin (a hormone shown to possess antiobesity properties and fight insulin resistance).
What is your favorite juice?