Juicing for health
Juicing for health is one of the prime reasons that people get their first
juicer and start juicing. It is well know that a well balanced diet should include
a daily intake of fruit and vegetable. In fact 5 portions of fruit and vegetables
is recommended. Juicing can help us achieve a desired fruit and vegetable intake.
Juicing enables us to benefit from the goodness of a lot of fruit and vegetable
servings in one easy to consume drink.
Juicing helps release nutrients in a more digestible form.
A lot of the beneficial nutrients that are stored in fruit and vegetable juices
are stored with the fibre, fibre is not broken down well by the body and is
expelled from the body along with some of the goodness it contains. However,
when fruit and vegetables are juiced the goodness is released from the fibres
and so the nutrients are made available to the body in an easily digestible
format. This is one reason why people get juicing for health. Because most of
the fibres are left in the pulp that the juicer creates it is important that
fibre is sourced from some other part of your diet as it is vital for a healthy
Fruit and vegetable juices contain phytochemicals
Fruit and vegetable juice contains plant chemicals known as phytochemicals
which are known to be beneficial to our health in a number of ways. There benefits
include help in removing carcinogens from the body, protecting our cells DNA,
and protection against cancer causing substances. These phytochemicals are found
in a wide range of fruit and vegetables such as brocolli, peppers, garlic, carrots,
beetroot, cabbage, chives and cauliflower. The list goes on…
As well as phytochemicals other more obvious nutrients that are beneficial
to our health found in juice are vitamins. For example carrot juice is a good
source of vitamin A, peppers and citrus fruits are a good source of vitamin
C and Pumpkin is a good source of vitamin E. For more information on sources
of vitamins see our juice nutrients pages.
Juicing fresh juice is better for our health than buying bottled juice
Fresh home made juice retains a greater proportion of its nutrient levels when
compared to bottles / cartons of juice. This is because the bottling process
causes loss of nutrients. Fresh juice will also be free from losing nutrients
due to age if drunk straight away. A lot of commercial juices are heat treated
to lengthen the time they can stay on the shop shelf. This process can destroy
Health points to note when juicing
Be sure to wash your fruit thoroughly before juicing to remove and pesticides
that may remain. Some people suggest removing apple seeds before juicing as
they contain small amounts of cyanide. Consult your doctor before drinking large
amounts of Grapefruit juice. Grapefruit and Orange skins contain toxic substances
so make sure you don’t juice these skins although juicing the white pith
is normal as the pith contains high levels of vitamin C and Bioflavinoids.