Nutritional Facts and Benefits of Healthy Juices

Healthy juices help to boost your immunity and improve your complexion

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Consuming healthy juices is the easiest way to five a day. Most of us know that we should eat 5 to 7 portions of fresh fruits and vegetables daily to stay healthy but how many of us actually do it? If you are used to the typical Standard American Diet, it is even more challenging to meet this daily requirement. With the invention of juicer, it is now possible to consume larger amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables without chewing till your jaw drops.

The benefits of juicing lie in the fact that the nutrients from fresh fruits and veggies are separated from the fiber during the juicing process; thereby making it easier for our body’s absorption. Cooking and heat destroys the enzymes and vitamins in raw produce. However, juicing raw veggies and fruits preserves the vitamins and living enzymes, which supports our body’s health.

It doesn’t matter if you are juicing for health or juicing for weight loss. In order to make healthy juices, you’ve got to know what is inside your juice ingredients. A glass of healthy juice normally consists of more than one type of fruit or vegetable. To help you understand what you are drinking, we will cover in a series of posts, the nutritional facts and benefits of various juice ingredients. In the first of our series today, we will discuss some of the more popular vegetables used in juicing.

Nutritional Facts of Veggies in Healthy Juices

Carrot

Carrot juice benefits your health greatly

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Without a doubt, carrot is one of the most popular juice ingredients used in vegetable juicer recipes. Carrot is also one of the vegetables that can be mixed together with fruits for juicing. Carrots are known for their high beta-carotene content, which is excellent for our immune system, eyes and skin health. Carrots also contain good amount of vitamins B1, B3, B6, folic acid and pantothenic acid. In addition, carrots provide our body with small amounts of minerals such as sodium, potassium, calcium, iron and phosphorus. With its natural sweet taste, carrot is often added to enhance the taste of healthy juices.

Cucumber

Cucumber juice is refreshing and beneficial to your health

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We have heard how freshly sliced cucumbers can help to relieve tired eyes and reduce eye puffiness. Do you know that cucumber juice also does an excellent job in skin rejuvenation? Similar to carrot, cucumber also contain beta-carotene but in slightly smaller amount. Most of the beta-carotene is found on the cucumber skin. If you buy organic cucumber for juicing, you need not peel the skin; just ensure that you wash it thoroughly before juicing it. If the cucumber is waxed, you should peel off the skin. Washing alone is not sufficient.

Cucumber is a good source of vitamin B3, folic acid, biotin and pantothenic acid. Vitamin B3 is known to reduce the risk of heart disease significantly. Lowering the level of bad cholesterol and reduction in the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, osteoarthritis and cataracts are some other health benefits of cucumber. Vitamin B3 also supports healthy nervous system and digestive system. A natural diuretic, cucumber also contains essential minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, sulphur, phosphorus and chlorine.

Celery

Celery and carrot juice helps to lower blood pressure

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Celery is rich in potassium, calcium and chlorine and it makes an excellent juice for lowering blood pressure. A simple yet tasty juice concoction is to juice celery and carrot together. Not only is this vegetable juice refreshing and thirst-quenching, it also offers abundant health benefits to our body.

Celery contains vitamin B3, vitamin E, pantothenic acid, folic acid and biotin. Pantothenic acid is also known as vitamin B5, which is a powerful antioxidant that aids in the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Pantothenic acid is needed to support a healthy nervous system for communication with the brain.

Celery has a calming effect on our nervous system and makes a great snack alternative when you need to de-stress. In addition, celery helps to eliminate waste from the kidneys and makes a wonderful juicing ingredient for detox juice recipes.

Tomato

Tomato juice is high in antioxidants

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Well known for its potency as an antioxidant, tomato is another favorite vegetable used in juicing. The high level of beta-carotene coupled with good amounts of vitamins A, B3, C, E and folic acid makes tomato an excellent anti-aging, health-boosting juice ingredient.

Lycopene, a potential cancer-fighting compound is known to exist in tomato. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that plays an important role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration and cancers, particularly prostate cancer. In addition, tomato is also a wonderful source of phytochemicals, fiber, potassium, iron and chlorine. Tomato has almost no sodium or fat content. This probably explains why tomato is such a favorite among juice junkies.

Beetroot

Beetroot juice helps to detox and cleanse the liver

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Beetroot contains high level of folic acid but smaller amounts of beta-carotene, vitamins B1, B2, B3, C and pantethonic acid. Folic acid, also known as vitamin B9 is part of the family of eight water-soluble B-complex vitamins. Folic acid helps to metabolize fats, carbohydrates and proteins into glucose which the body burns for energy. It is an essential vitamin for the proper functioning of the brain and nervous system.

Beetroot also contains abundant minerals such as sodium, calcium, potassium, iron and chlorine. Being a natural, powerful cleanser, beetroot is commonly used in detox juice recipes. It is especially beneficial to liver and blood cleansing. Beetroot is also a good aid to speedy recovery during convalescence.

Making healthy juices calls for an understanding of the health benefits of the juice ingredients. Having knowledge of the nutritional facts gives you an idea of how to juice and what to juice. Look out for our next post as we talk about the nutritional facts of fruits as juicing ingredients.

Stay tuned.

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