By Steve Labinski
Want a natural alternative to protecting yourself from the flu this
season? Looking to avoid a nasty cold? The agues swoop down upon us during
the winter months like a vampire in the night. One of the benefits of
owning a juicer is the ability to make real, genuine cranberry juice,
a powerful weapon in fighting colds and flu. Cranberries are rich in
antioxidants and the chemical quinine.
Fresh cranberries are usually in season just a few months of the year,
namely November and December. Buy up bags at the grocery store and use
them for juicing. Fresh cranberries store nicely in freezers in case
they need to be pulled out during the year.
Fresh cranberry juice is far superior nutritionally then the canned
on-the-shelf variety. The vitamins have not evaporated or boiled off
from the pasteurization process. Cranberries have a heavy acid content.
When juicing, use just one or two handfuls in a glass. Fill the rest
with apple juice. (In other words no more then four ounces in a pint
Keep several bags
of cranberries around throughout the year.
Juicing cranberries are one of the more visually interesting things
to watch. The little pieces of fruit bounce around the juicer briefly
before meeting their end. Juice the cranberries first, followed by the
apples in order to flush all of the fruit pieces through the machine.
Drink fresh cranberry juice to fight infections. This would include
sore throats and colds. It is a good drink for kidney, bladder problems
and urinary tract infections. Use it in conjunction with flushing out
a kidney stone.
As alternatives to juicing, people enjoy including cranberries as a
component to their general winter diet. Use them to make cranberry
relish and cranberry muffins.
Cranberry Juice Questions
- Is fresh cranberry juice better than the off-the-shelf
bottles in the grocery store?
Absolutely. Most store bought cranberry juice contains high fructose corn syrup
and other sugary additives. None of these additives are the least bit healthy.
Also, freshly juiced fruit has significantly more vitamin value then
its packaged counterparts. The best thing to do is keep several bags
of cranberries around throughout the year. Store them in the freezer.
And when you get sick, just pull them out for juicing.