Gerson Therapy Juicer - which juicers are suitable?

Drinking a large amount of healing and restorative juices is at the heart of the Gerson Therapy that is often used for treating serious illness and disease. For more detail on what the treament involves see Juicing and the Gerson Therapy. For the Gerson Therapy to have the best chance of success it is suggested that the right type of juicer should be used.

When Dr. Gerson first developed his therapy which involves consuming large amounts of fruit and vegetable nutrients he believed liquifiers (blenders such as the Vitamix) would be the solution but he found the high speed rotating blades caused a loss of enzymes and other vital nutrients.

In order for the patient to consume the high levels of fruit and vegetable nutrients required every day a huge amount of fruit and vegetables must be processed. It would be impossible for the patient to eat the fruit and vegetables whole or even in blended form as blending does not remove any of the bulk of the ingredients. Juicing on the other hand removes the bulky fibre from the ingredients and so enables the patient to receive all the nutrition benefits in an easy to consume drink.

Dr Gerson found that centrifugal juicers caused a loss of enzymes and other nutrients due to their blades which rotated at high speeds.. After more research Dr Gerson found that a two stage juicing process was necessary in order to get the best results from the treatment. This two-step process involved firstly grinding the fruit and vegetables, mixing the pulp together and then secondly pressing the pulp to extract the juice from it.

It is recommended that the grinded pulp is mixed together first before being put into the press bag and being pressed. This is because Dr Gerson found that "the malic acid (contained in the apples) mixed with the ground carrots helps to release the minerals from the carrots.".

Gerson Therapy treatment centres believe that this two-stage method of juice extraction extracts more of the essential enzymes, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are vital to the healing and regenerative effects of the Gerson Therapy. They have reported patients who tried the therapy using a centrifugal juicer experienced little or no beneficial effect from the treatment but after switching to an approved juicer type a marked success was achieved.

Gerson Therapy juicers

The Gerson Institute recommend the Norwalk Juice Press which will handle both the grinding stage as well as the pressing stage. The Norwalk juicer is powered and uses a hydraulic action and so requires little energy for using it. The Norwalk juicer is therefore suitable for patients with low strength / energy levels. The Norwalk Juice Press is at the top end of the price range.

The Champion juicer is recommended for the grinding stage of the two stage juicing process. It does not press the juice however and so it must be used in combination with another juice press in order to have the desired juice quality for the Gerson Therapy.

Manually powered juice presses may not be suitable for all patients as they require more energy and strength to operate them.

Other juice presses include the Welles Juice press (now known as the Persons Juice Press) and the K&K juicer.

The cheapest and most common type of juicer is the centrifugal juicer but these are NOT suitable for use in the Gerson Therapy.