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JUICING FOR HEALTH



 

October 13, 2010 on 5:57 pm

A report entitled “The Health Benefits of Citrus Fruits,” released in 2003 by The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, reviewed 48 studies that showed a diet high in citrus fruit provides a statistically significant protective effect against some types of cancer, plus another 21 studies showing a non-significant trend towards protection.

A great deal of consumer literature attributes this to the large amount of vitamin C in citrus juices, however research shows that in some cases no protection is obtained from taking vitamin C itself, while there are considerable benefits from drinking fresh, organic orange juice.

In oranges, vitamin C is only one part of a complex matrix involving many phytochemicals such as flavanones, cyanidin-3-glucoside and carotenoids. There are over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids in an orange, many have demonstrated anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot inhibiting properties.

But perhaps the most interesting and useful vegetable of them all is the humble carrot. Carrots have been cultivated for thousands of years, although the original carrot was almost certainly a purplish color, and not the yellow orange variety most of us know today.

Carrots are filled with Vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K; they also contain a substance called falcarinol which, according to some studies provides protection against forms of colon cancer.  With a degree of built in sweetness, carrot juice is also pleasant to drink and combines well with other healthy juices from a carrot juicer, such as apple and tomato.

October 5, 2010 on 6:53 pm
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The production of stomach acid and enzymes declines with age. A very important result of this is that the body is less able to absorb vitamins and minerals from food. It becomes more and important to take in adequate quantities of essential nutrients and to do so in a form which is easy to digest.

The essential ant-oxidant vitamins, A, C and E are all found in quantity in raw fruits and (in the case of vitamin E) seeds, but they are, typically, rapidly destroyed by heat, making fresh juice an ideal way to add these vital substances to your diet.

Carrot juice, for example, is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C, citrus juices and tomato juice are an excellent source of  bioflavonoids and the humble watermelon makes an ideal all round health filled cocktail. The flesh is full of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A) and Vitamin C while the seeds contain vitamin E as well as the essential minerals zinc and selenium.

Watermelon also contains the amino acid lycopene which has been extensively studied in humans and found to protect against a large and growing list of cancers.   Watermelon also has a high water content and is low in calories (compared to other fruits) making it an excellent candidate for regular consumption, both whole and in juice form.

Watermelon makes a wonderful salad mixed with red onion and a little salt and if you’ve opted for a vita mix blender, rather than a l equip juicer, watermelon pureed with some cantaloupe, kiwi fruit and a tiny dash of lime makes a wonderful fresh summer soup.  Watermelon also contains several of the B vitamins plus both magnesium and potassium.

June 4, 2010 on 9:42 pm

vegetable juicerDrinking fresh vegetable juice every day can be a great way to get more healthy vitamins into your diet.

When you’re able to make juice yourself at home at any time, you’ll never be without its healthful benefits.

Whether you already have a vegetable juicer, or are simply in the market for one, you’ll want to keep a list of your favorite recipes

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Cucumber – Cucumbers are high in Vitamin K, and also contain Vitamins A and C.


Cucumber Juice Idea
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  • 1 cucumber
  • 3 apples
  • Small piece of peeled ginger.

Ginger is believed to aid in digestion and may also act to relieve pain for some people.

 

Kale – Kale is a surprisingly healthy green leafy vegetable, very high in Vitamins A, C and K, and also contain respectable amounts of protein, Vitamin B6 and manganese.

Kale Juice Idea:

  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 apple
  • ½ cup parsley (optional)

 

You may find that you want to increase or decrease the amount of apple in the recipe, depending on whether you prefer it sweeter, or more “vegetable-tasting.”

 

Carrots Carrots are exceptionally high in Vitamin A. (Just a single carrot has over 400% of the RDA for Vitamin A). They also contain a fair amount of potassium and Vitamin B6.

Carrot Juice Idea:

Carrots are perhaps the most versatile juicing vegetable there are. Carrots can be juiced together with fruits (carrots and oranges are great together), fruit or herb accents (plain carrot juice with just a little lemon juice, mint, or cayenne pepper are quite tasty) or any hearty green leafy vegetables. Experiment and find what works best for you!

 

CeleryCelery is high in Vitamin K, and also a good source of Vitamin B9 (Folate), Vitamin A and potassium. Celery is very low in calories, so it would be a good choice for someone who plans on drinking a lot of freshly made vegetable juice, but who is particularly concerned about their caloric intake.

Celery Juice Idea:

  • 3 sticks celery
  • 1 pear
  • 1 small piece of ginger

 

Again we have ginger supplementing the nutritional benefits of the juice. This particular recipe, in addition to the vitamin and mineral benefits (and the fiber from the pear), is thought to

 

Spinach – Spinach is one of those foods that people know is good for them, but that they probably don’t eat very often (or ever). Once you find a spinach recipe that you particularly enjoy, keep it handy so that you can make the juice often.

Spinach Juice Idea:

  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1 apple
  • ½ lemon

Be sure to use large leaf spinach for your juicing recipes, and not baby spinach. Not only is it generally less expensive, it also yields more juice than baby spinach.

 

The best piece of advice is simply that you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with different amounts of different vegetables in your juice recipes. You might come up with a recipe that you want to make every day!

May 11, 2010 on 1:34 pm

carrot juiceFresh carrot juice is one of the healthiest and most flavorful drinks around. It is one of the richest sources of Vitamin A and contains other important vitamins such as vitamins B, D, and E as well as a variety of minerals and nutrients.

Carrot Juice helps maintain healthy body tissues and is good for the eyes, liver, skin, and hair.

Fresh carrot juice is considered to be a great anti-aging and cancer fighting food and helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It is no wonder that many people who are seeking to maintain or improve their health find themselves looking for a good carrot juicer.

While a good carrot juicer will produce carrot juice not all will do so efficiently. It takes an entire pound of carrots to produce one 8-ounce glass of carrot juice so you are going to want a juicer that is powerful enough to separate the as much juice from the pulp of each carrot as possible.

If a juicer is powerful enough to efficiently extract the juice from this healthy vegetable think of how much juice you can be getting from all your other fruits and vegetables as well.

We have many types of juicers to choose from in our vegetable juicer store.

 

February 20, 2010 on 5:23 pm
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I was chatting with a friend last week when she confessed she had a problem. Despite her best efforts her daughter just wouldn’t take her vitamin supplements. Like most parents, my friend was anxious to make sure her daughter had the most nutritious diet possible, but her first attempt was to try supplements. I suggested a different approach.

No pills, just vegetables, in the raw, most basic form. Of course like many children my friends daughter isn’t keen on eating vegetables, that’s why her mother had bought the supplements in the first place.

The way around the problem is to get the goodness without the ‘veginess’ by turning the vegetables into juice, and the ideal way to do that is to use a vegetable juicer.

The most common vegetable to ‘juice’ is the humble carrot, a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. It is packed with vitamin A and vitamin B as well as copper, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus chlorine, sulfur and iron. One reason it’s a good place to start is that is very good for you, but also naturally sweet. Carrot juice also combines well with other juices, so it’s a good basis for healthy drinks of all kinds. Many enthusiasts recommend adding small quantities of apple or mango juice to enhance the flavor.

A vegetable juicer, unlike a blender, will grate and press vegetables from their raw state, leaving juice which contains all the goodness of the original vegetable.

vegetable juicerThe end result is juice with no pulp. Carrots do well in a vegetable juicer, while bananas, the staple of fruit smoothies everywhere, are simply useless since they have no juice to speak of.

It takes around 8 carrots to make an 8 oz glass of carrot juice, and this in turn provides 50,000 units of beta carotene, the precursor of Vitamin A. Carrots also contain a whole selection of the various B vitamins as well as vitamin E and a huge number of minerals, rather like a multi-vitamin pill, only in natural form!

The published recommended daily dose for vitamin A is only 5000, which might at first seem to indicate that there might be a danger of overdose. The recommended daily doses set by government are those which are enough to prevent the diseases of deficiency. Most nutritionists believe that one glass of carrot juice per day is sufficient.

Carrot juice is naturally sweet, but you can combine it with other juices to make some really interesting flavors. For something a little different try draining the juice from a coconut, then cracking open the shell to remove the pulp. Add it, with 8 carrots, to your vegetable juicer and when complete, add the result to the juice from the coconut. Throw in some fresh mint to garnish and you have truly interesting drink.

These days we have a tendency to reach for pills and medication to solve our health problems, but in many cases our lifestyle is to blame. Human beings did not evolve to live out of the sun or to eat the complex, processed creations we find in the shops. Eating plenty of raw fruits and vegetables, and drinking their juices, is one way to redress the balance and move towards a healthier everyday life.

A carrot juicer makes it easy for you and your family to prepare healthy nutritious snacks and delicious drinks.

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