Friday, May 29, 2009

I Heard It Through the Grapevine

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This product of the drying of grapes have been around since 2,000 B.C. in Egypt and Persia. The ancient Romans were said to highly value raisins and used it to decorate their places of worship, as currency for barter, and as prizes for sporting events. Today, raisins are prized not only for their sweet taste, but also for its many health benefits.
Studies show that raisins:
  • are rich in potassium which may help reduce the risk of stroke and some types of kidney disease
  • contain fiber and tartaric acid which prevent constipation and protect against some colon diseases resulting in healthier digestive and may prevent colorectal cancer
  • rank among the top foods rich in antioxidants which may slow down the aging of the body and brain thereby reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer
  • contains oleanolic acid which inhibits organisms responsible for periodontal disease thereby preventing tooth decay and gum disease
  • with a low fat diet, can effectively lower cholesterol and "bad cholesterol"
  • are rich in boron which is important for bone health in women

The Wilen Sisters have discovered that a certain type of raisins relieve arthritis pain. The recipe for this amazing remedy follows.


The Amazing Gin-Soaked Raisin Remedy

* 1 lb golden raisins

* gin (approximately 1 pint)

* glass bowl (Pyrex® is good—crystal is bad)

* glass jar with lid

Spread the golden raisins evenly on the bottom of the glass bowl and pour enough gin over them to completely cover. Let them stay that way until all the gin is absorbed. It may take 5 to 7 days.

When the gin is absorbed, transfer the raisins to the jar, put the lid on and keep it closed. Do not refrigerate.

Dosage. Each day, eat only 9 raisins as specified on page 13 of Bottom Line's Secret Food Cures.


References:
http://www.sun-maid.com/en/healthyliving.html
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=33
http://www.raisins.net/

http://www.calraisins.org/raisins_home/

http://www.bottomlineintl.com/store/mags/order_sfc_mag.html

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