By Germaine Nelson

We all know the powers of fresh fruits and vegetables, but do you know that when taken raw in the form of fresh juices daily, it could seriously optimize your health?

Cooking is detrimental to the nutritional benefits of most foods, as it denatures the vitamins and vital nutrients that are essential for our health and vitality. Added oil, preservatives, seasonings and sauces also load calories to the overall palette, dampening the positive benefits.

If you want to give your body a break, juicing is the best way to detox and give your immune system a boost. However, if you are planning on juicing, know that not all fruits and vegies are made the same. Some are packed with nutritional goodness while others are high on fructose and sugars. Here, we shortlist six super-vegies that will kickstart your health and boost your energy levels instantly!

Beetroot Juice

Vitamins: A, B, C and E

Minerals: Iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, silicon and sodium

Therapeutic benefits:

Beetroot juice is very powerful and should always be consumed in small quantities and usually mixed with other juices, such as apple, carrot, cucumber and celery.

It is an excellent purifier and cleanser of the blood and is effective in cleaning out the liver, kidneys and arteries.

It is also good for digestive problems such as constipation and it strengthens the bones, which is helpful for people as they get older and their bones become weaker.

Studies have shown beetroot juice to boost the energy and stamina of athletes when consumed before exercise. In fact, UK research shows it can help people exercise for up to 16% longer!

Preparation for juicing:

Try to pick out beetroots that are firm to the touch rather than soft or shrivelled.

Caution:

Always mix with other fruit or vegetable juices, as pure beetroot juice can lead to negative reactions within the body. Diabetics may want to avoid beetroot juice as it has a high sugar content.

Broccoli Juice

Vitamins: A, B, C, E and K

Minerals: Calcium, copper, iron, potassium and zinc

Therapeutic benefits:

Broccoli has the best reputation for fighting cancer, as it contains copious amounts of anti-oxidants and fibre. It has also been recommended for the prevention of cataracts.

Preparation for juicing:

Choose broccoli that is a rich green colour with no yellow or dried patches. The vegetable should be firm to the touch and not soft. The stalk may also be juiced, as it also contains plenty of vitamins and minerals.

Carrot Juice

Vitamins: A, B, C, D, E, G and K

Minerals: Calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and sulphur

Therapeutic benefits:

Carrot juice is an excellent tonic for just about every ailment imaginable. It can be consumed in large quantities as well.

It is particularly effective in preventing cataracts and other eye problems, as well as energising, cleansing and healing the body faster.

Carrot juice boosts the immune system and protects against disease. It helps to treat anaemia, circulatory problems and skin disorders.

It is good for digestive problems and is an excellent remedy for ulcers, liver problems and asthma. It may help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Preparation for juicing:

Choose carrots that are firm to touch and peel unless they are organic. The tops and the roots may be used to make carrot juice.
Carrot juice is often used as the basis for other juices as it is easily digested and may be consumed in large quantities.

Celery Juice

Vitamins: B and C

Minerals: Iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium

Therapeutic benefits:

Celery juice is most well known for its abilities to ease rheumatic and arthritic pain and inflammation. It is also good to take celery juice if recovering from illness, particularly a cold or flu, as it replaces lost minerals in the body.

The potassium in celery helps to lower blood pressure and it is effective in strengthening the stomach, liver and kidneys. For restlessness and sleeping problems, celery juice is highly successful.

Preparation for juicing:

Choose celery stalks that are firm and straight that show no signs of wilting. Wash the stalks thoroughly and remove both ends before juicing.

Cucumber Juice

Vitamins: A and C

Minerals: Calcium, iodine, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, silicon and sodium

Therapeutic benefits:

Cucumber juice is a great tonic for encouraging healthy skin, hair and nails. It controls fluid retention and helps with bladder problems. It cleanses the blood and is also said to treat arthritis effectively.

Preparation for juicing:

Buy cucumbers that are a dark green colour, firm to the touch and do not show signs of wilting.

Some cucumbers, like apples, are covered in a wax-like film. Therefore, wash them thoroughly and possibly peel them unless organic.

Tomato Juice

Vitamins: A, B, C and E

Minerals: Iron, phosphorous, potassium and sulphur

Therapeutic benefits:

Tomatoes gain a lot of their nutrients from the sun and therefore are highly energising and nutritive. They are excellent for blood disorders and a good tonic for the nervous system. This is particularly beneficial for people who suffer from anxiety, stress, nervousness, insomnia and fatigue.

Tomatoes have the ability to eliminate uric acid from the body and so are an excellent food for people with arthritis, gout and rheumatism.

They are hugely detoxifying and can help with skin disorders such as acne or boils.

Preparation for juicing:

Choose tomatoes that have been ripened on the vine and make sure that they are ripe and heavy. Wash thoroughly, chop and pass through the juicer with the skin.

Tomato juice is very popular on its own but can also be mixed with carrot, apple, celery or onion juice.

 

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7 thoughts on “6 Super Juices to Soup up your Health”

  1. vegetable juices are a great way to detox and lose weight. i found i had clearer skin and more stamina after a week!

  2. Wonder what goes with carrot juice? all this veg juice have alot of vitamin but I think I would only try carrot juice. Though I will eat the Veg.

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