Grapes
    
Vitis species 

Whenever I think of juice fasting, I think of grapes because I love the flavor of the different varieties, Concord, Thompson, Muscatel, to name just a few.   Each variety with its own individual delicious flavor; I never get bored while on a fast.

Grapes are not only delicious they are loaded with nutrition and exert a cleansing action on the body.  One cup of fresh grape juice contains vitamins A, B-1, B-2, 28 mg, sodium, 293 mg, potassium, vitamin C, niacin, chlorine, copper, fluorine, sulfur, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, potassium, silicon, tartaric acid and energy-producing natural sugars in unconcentrated form. 

During the fall, I sometimes do a monodiet of just grapes and grape juice to take advantage of the grape season.  When I juice grapes, I leave the seeds in, it does not change the taste and it increases the healing power.

Fresh-squeezed grape juice is an excellent stimulator of the metabolism.  A higher metabolism is desirable because it helps burn excess food and waste more rapidly than a low metabolism.  While fresh-squeezed grape juice may help you lose weight buy increasing your metabolism, its abundance of minerals helps cleanse and build the blood, and stimulates the liver to increase its cleansing activity.

Commercial grape juices are processed homogenized which destroys all enzymes and many of the vitamins and minerals mentioned above.  Check with your health food store they may have grape juices that are not over processed.

In 1976, two Canadian microbiologists did a study involving viruses and grapes and wines.  They found that the high concentrations of tannins in grapes were potent killers of viruses in test tubes.  The results of their study was published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (32:757-63, Dec. 1976)

Conditions positively improved by grapes:
Anemia   Blood Disorders   Cancer   Constipation   Fever   Gout   Hemorrhoids   Inflammation   Indigestion   Kidney Disorders   Liver Disorders   Mucous Membranes   Rheumatism   Skin Disorders   Weight Loss

Sources:
Live Foods Live Bodies, Jay and Linda Kordich, Kordich Group International, Inc 2006
The Juicing Book by Stephen Blauer, Avery Publishing Group Inc., NY, 1989

 
Important Note:
The information presented herein by The Natural Path Botanicals is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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