The benefits of raw Blueberry Juice and Blueberries are numerous. Blueberries are a superb food that should be consumed regularly or even daily. They are delicious when eaten fresh, can be eaten in smoothies or you can get your serving of blueberries in a glass of cool Blueberry juice.
Health Benefits Of Raw Blueberry Juice and Blueberries
- urinary tract infections, both cranberries and blueberries contain a
component found to block the binding of bacteria to the urinary wall, reducing infection
- anti-carcinogenic effects
- high ORAC activity, higher antioxidant activity that most fruit 1
- contain beneficial compounds phenolic acids, flavanoids including anthocyanin – which produces a blue pigment)1
- decrease cardiovascular risk factors
- may delay and reduce aging
- beneficial for brain health, may improve memory, may help reduce age-related declines in brain function 2
There Are Several Ways To Make Blueberry Juice
Instructions For Fresh, Raw Blueberry Juice In The Juicer
Step 1 (optional) Choose some berries to mix in with the blueberries such as raspberries, blackberries etc. Wash fresh berries.
Step 2 Wash fresh berries or leave frozen out to thaw.
Step 3 Put thawed frozen or fresh berries through the juice extractor (juicer). The key to juicing blueberries is that they need to be put through the juicer at least 2-3 times to extract the most juice with the best and richest flavor.
Step 4 To do this put blueberries through the juicer then take the pulp and put it in a glass. Replace the catch container on juicer to catch the puree.Then run the pulp through the juicer to get more juice out of the blueberries. Repeat. When done add ice cubes. Drink after juiced, or it will separate and thicken.
Cooking Blueberries To Make Blueberry Juice or Concentrate To Store
By boiling the berries in water it extracts the juice and kills bacteria so it can be stored in mason jars.
Step 1 Choose if you want to make it straight or add blackberries, raspberries etc. Rinse fresh berries, frozen berries are usually pre-washed so don’t rinse these as you’ll lose some juice.
Step 2 Add berries to pot and put just enough water for the berries to float. Bring to a boil then let simmer. Mash with a potato masher. They can simmer for up to 2 hours. The longer you let boil the more concentrated it will be.
Step 3 Clean and sanitize mason jars.
Step 4 When done boiling strain liquid through cheesecloth into clean glass jars to store. You might need to squeeze the cheesecloth to get all the juice out. Then seal with lid.
Step 5 Put juice filled glass mason jars in pot with at least 2 inches of boiling water for at least 10 minutes. Then turn heat off and let the jars cool. These should last a year and don’t need to be refrigerated.
Wild Blueberries Photo courtesy of griffonne.com
For Convenience Buy Already Made Blueberries Juice.
If you don’t have the time or interest to make blueberry juice some local organic stores have blueberry juice you can buy. Be sure to buy pure blueberry juice that does not contain fillers like apple or grape juice. This is normally pasteurized (cooked, not raw).
Eating blueberries as often as possible is great for your health and there are several delicious options for adding these to a your diet. Fresh blueberries, smoothies from frozen blueberries, fresh blueberry juice from the juicer and pre-made juice provide a variety of ways to consume blueberries. The benefits of raw blueberry juice and blueberries can be consumed throughout the year.
Citations. 1 “HortTechnology.” Health Functionality of Blueberries. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 July 2013. <http://horttech.ashspublications.org/content/7/3/216.full.pdf html>.
2 “The Journal of NeuroscienceSociety for Neuroscience.” Reversals of Age-Related Declines in Neuronal Signal Transduction, Cognitive, and Motor Behavioral Deficits with Blueberry, Spinach, or Strawberry Dietary Supplementation. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 July 2013. <http://www.jneurosci.org/content/19/18/8114>.