Just can’t eat your way through a whole box of fresh nutritious produce? Juicing is an easy and excellent way to provide the body with immense amounts of raw food full of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.
Raw, unheated foods supply the body with exceptional natural enzymes, phytochemicals, vitamins, and essential minerals your body needs to thrive. When food is cooked above 114 degrees, most of its natural enzymes are destroyed, whether it's meat, grains, fruits, or vegetables. Since fruits and vegetables are juiced raw, the enzymes are still viable when you drink the juice.
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Phytochemicals are natural plant nutrients responsible for giving fruits and vegetables their color and health properties. The last decade has brought a wealth of research into their disease prevention properties. For example, lycopene, a phytochemical present in tomatoes, has been shown to be a powerful antioxidant with the potential to fight a number of cancers.
Fruit and vegetable juices are also a good source of essential minerals like iron, copper, potassium, sodium, iodine, and magnesium, which are bound by the plant in a form that is most easily assimilated during digestion.
What You Need
- A juicer or commercial blender. There are many kinds. In general, it is worth it to spend a couple hundred dollars for a quality juicer if you are serious about juicing regularly.
- Prepare produce. Wash well and scrub in cold water. Remove cores from apples and pears; remove pits from stone fruit; remove peels only from citrus and kiwi. Cut to fit in juicer.
- Drink promptly. For maximum nutritional benefit, consume within 30 minutes of juicing.
Sample Juice Blends and Benefits
- Fruit Combo: Combine 1 apple, 1 orange, and 1 kiwi. Apple juice may help with cardiovascular diseases, liver and kidney diseases, rheumatism, atherosclerosis, gallstones and kidney stones, chronic colitis, gout, obesity and diabetes, and dysentery. Orange juice has powerful anti-carcinogenic and anti-cancer properties, plus is good for cell health, eyes, and the immune system. Kiwi boosts the immune system, as it contains more Vitamin C than oranges.
- Fruit/Vegetable combo: combine 1 apple, 2 handfuls of spinach leaves, and 1 lemon. Spinach supports the nervous system, circulation, and skin. It is a great source of calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Apple juice may help with cardiovascular diseases, liver and kidney diseases, rheumatism, atherosclerosis, gallstones and kidney stones, chronic colitis, gout, obesity and diabetes, and dysentery. Lemon juice facilitates toxin elimination and weight loss. A great source of Vitamin C, it also helps the body absorb the nutrients in greens.
- Vegetable combo: combine 4-5 carrots, 2 small beets, and 2-3 celery stalks. Carrot juice supplies high amounts of Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K, as well as calcium, phosphorous, sodium, and other trace minerals. This juice is great for the intestine, liver, gallbladder, bones, teeth, skin, hair, and nails. Beet juice is an excellent source of Vitamin B-6, iron, and potassium. It is traditionally used for circulatory problems, bladder problems, eye fatigue, and menstrual issues. Celery juice is a great source of chlorophyll, and helps strengthen the lungs and nervous system.
Not to be construed as medical advice. Always consult your healthcare practitioner before starting a new diet or fitness regime.
Rebecca North is The FruitGuys western regional buyer and an avid juicer.