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 digestive system.
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
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
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 vital nutrients.
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.
Bitters, liqueurs and syrups can also be added to juicings or they can be added to
cocktails instead of plain fruit juice.