One of the simplest and tastiest ways to get the nutrients your body needs is to incorporate fresh juice into your diet. Even more than whole plant foods, juices provide a ready supply of vital nutrients to nourish your body and support optimal health. That’s because the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables are bound to fiber and contained within cellulose walls. Grinding up vegetables or fruits to make juice breaks down the cellulose, releasing these compounds and making them readily available to your body’s cells.
What’s more, juice is a concentrated source of nutrients. For example, you’d have to eat eight carrots to get the same vitamin content found in a mere six ounces of carrot juice. (When was the last time you ate eight carrots at one sitting?)
In addition to supporting overall health, certain juices can benefit other areas of the body such as cardiovascular health and gastrointestinal — they can even help promote normal inflammatory responses. Let’s look at a few examples.
Loaded with potassium and magnesium, celery contains something even more important: 3-n-butyl phthalide, a compound that promotes relaxation in the smooth muscle cells in arterial walls, allowing the arteries to dilate and effectively supporting normal blood pressure. Juice and drink one bunch daily.
Roman statesman Cato the Elder wrote more than 2,000 years ago that, as a digestive aid, “Cabbage surpasses all vegetables.” One reason is its high content of glutamine, an amino acid that serves as a primary fuel for the rapidly dividing cells of the GI mucosa. Multiple studies support cabbage’s reputation as a therapy for supporting gastrointestinal health. Juice half a head of cabbage daily and drink throughout the day.
Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that has been demonstrated to support a normal inflammatory response in cells throughout the body. Juice one fresh pineapple, including the hard inner core. If you want to enhance its effectiveness, add a one-inch piece of fresh ginger. Drink on an empty stomach.
Fresh Is Best
Remember, most bottled juice is a nutritional nightmare, containing artificial colors, flavors, and added sugar. Unless they are squeezed on site where they are sold, store-bought juices must be pasteurized, a process that destroys enzymes and nutrients. Making your own juice at home ensures the freshest, most nutritious product.
Take advantage of the bountiful benefits of fresh-squeezed juice today, but don’t go overboard. All juices, especially fruit juices, are a very concentrated source of sugar.
Here’s to your health,