In the first part of Juicing: What’s the Big Squeeze, I addressed the benefits of juicing and what the big deal about it is. In this part, I’m going to go over actual health benefits of certain fruits, veggies, and herbs to help to direct you as to what to juice, and also some of my favorite combinations.
Let me first preface all of this with the fact that there have been amazing advances in the medical field: improved medications, improved administration of medications, advances in surgery, etc. BUT, there is some truth to the quote in the image above.
I’m not saying that juicing is definitely going to get you off the medications you’re taking for hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc – juicing is not a replacement for the medications that have been previously prescribed by your physician, but juicing certain fruits, vegetables, and herbs with “known” health benefits can’t hurt (unless there is a drug interaction, which you should check with your pharmacist about before beginning a juicing program). All I’m saying is a little more of the right may lead to a little less of the left.
Now that my rant is over, let’s get down to business.
Fruits are a great way to introduce some healthy sugars and sweetness into your juices to make them a bit more palatable.
– antioxidant loaded: helps to fight against disease
– alkalizing: keeps a balanced pH in the body
– fun fact: one study found that 2 apples a day reduced the risk of asthma by nearly 1/3
– potassium loaded: watch out muscle cramps! Potassium also helps to decrease th
risk of heart attacks and hypertension
– soothes tummy aches
– antioxidant loaded, particularly vitamin E, which can help against heart disease
– anti-inflammatory agent…FYI – inflammation causes joint pain!
– antioxidant loaded. Including vitamin C, lycopene, liminoids, and naringin
– protect against certain cancers, reduces the risk of kidney stones, helps to lower
– note: highly reactive with certain prescribed medications, so check with your
– contain the antioxidant resveratol, which may be linked to weight loss and extending
– (does wine count? I’m looking into it…)
Lemons and limes:
– pH balancing
– contain the immune system booster vitamin C
– the same anti-cancer and anti-cholesterol benefits of grapefruits
– a new study has shown mango to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and
– contains vitamin A, beta carotene, alpha carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin, which
promote healthy mucus membranes and skin
– good source of potassium
– composes moderate amounts of copper, which is good for red blood cell production
– contain zeaxanthin and lutein, compounds that protect our peepers from age-related
– contains bromelain, an anti-inflammatory agent. Bromelain also helps digest
– contains manganese, a mineral that supports health bones, nails, skin and cartilage
– another vitamin C loaded fruit
– filled with anthocyanins and flavonoids, which have anti-cancer properties
– also contain manganese
– entire day’s worth of vitamin C in just one cup!
– contains ellagic acid, another anit-cancer agent
– loaded with powerful antioxidants
– many anti-inflammatory properties
– contains vitamin C
– contains beta-carotene and lycopene, which help prevent vision-related problems
Vegetables might not be as sweet as fruits, but they’re loaded with good things that help our bodies run like clockwork.
– natural diuretic
– contains phthalides, which are phytonutrients that lower blood pressure and control
inflammation. They also cause the production of an enzyme that helps detox the
– large water content
– contains ascorbic acid and caffeic acid, which are natural diuretics
– stimulate the kidneys, which helps flush toxins
– high fiber content helps flush the colon
– very alkalinic, and therefore help reduce acid levels in the body
– natural anti-inflammatory
– may protect against heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease
– reduces cholesterol and reduces the risk of blood clots
– excellent source of calcium, magnesium
– contains the antioxident quercetin, which strengthens the immune system
– promote fresh breath
– prevents post-meal heartburn
– great source of vitamin K, which is important for healthy bones and prevents blood
– contains compounds, which have been proven to inhibit cancer and lower cholesterol
– natural diuretic
– one of the best sources of vitamin K, which is a natural blood thinner and diuretic
– filled with vitamin C and beta carotene
– helps protect the liver and kidneys during detox
– filled with nutrients that aid in vision
– good source of vitamin E, which helps with memory
– contains iron, which is good for hemoglobin production
– good source of magnesium, which reduces blood acidity
By Alix Terpos, PT, DPT
The sources for the above information and for more information please see:
– The 3-Day Cleanse. Sakoutis, Zoe; Huss, Erika. Wellness Central Publishing 2010.