After several doctors referring me to “nutritionists”, I became very frustrated. They really didn’t tell me much other than what I should eat, which is what they are supposed to do, and it was really what every person that wanted to be This would help me be able to alleviate what problem I might be experiencing at that particular moment.
Getting even more frustrated with what I could not eat and having an absorption problem with the foods I ate, I spoke with a GI nutritionist/naturopathic specialist in LA who helped me out greatly. He recommended an IV nutrient therapy, but since no one in my area was familiar with how to do that, he recommended juicing to get all the foods necessary for a healthy lifestyle. So….. I have decided to add all of what I have learned here on my blog to share with others. I will continue updating it as I find more information.
Juicing for a Health Condition:
There’s plenty of websites out there about people who started juicing to lose weight, but in my research, I have found is that the ingredients were also helpful for existing health conditions. Although I need to lose 25 lbs. or so, I figure I will get the benefit of both!
There are several juicers out there and I personally do not know which one is better than others, but I am using the Magic Bullet and the Magic Blender. I do not promote them in anyway, it is just my personal experience and what I could personally afford at the time I began juicing.
A few tips to consider!
*Buy local and organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible so you’re getting the freshest and most nutritious produce available to you! If you cannot do this, frozen is actually at times fresher than your local super market. It is also a good idea economically so that your foods do not get wasted if you do not use them right away.
* When juicing melons, don’t remove the interior white rind or peel because much of the nutritional value is in this section of the fruit. You want to get as much nutrition as possible!
* With citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit and tangerines) remove the rind, but keep as much of the white pith as possible because it’s full of nutrients. You can juice lemons and limes whole without peeling, but the skin from oranges and grapefruits make it to tart and are overbearing on the taste in my opinion. Only use the peels from these when the recipe actually states to use them.
* You will get the best juice from firm, ripe fruits and vegetables. If it is over ripe or too soft you will extract more pulp than juice.
Because I wanted to be sure to give you the benefits of the ingredients in the recipes, I will have the recipes in another post and update them each when I discovery new recipes. Please consult a physician or other health care professional for your specific health care and/or medical needs or concerns. It is important that you talk to your doctor so that you can gather all the information about your health (ex. age, health history, symptoms, etc.) This will help you decide which recipe may be more beneficial to your circumstances.
Please keep in mind, I am against animal testing, however, I do not object to researchers and scientists feeding animals’ healthy food to determine cures and assisting humans to become healthier!
LET’S START WITH FRUITS:
APPLES: MAYBE THIS IS WHY THEY SAY “AN APPLE A DAY WILL KEEP THE DOCTORS AWAY!”
*French researchers found that a flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones. The high content of vitamin K is essential in anchoring calcium in bones, making it important to bone health.
* A study on mice at Cornell University found that the quercetin in apples may protect brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
* One study found that rats fed an extract from apple skins had a 43 percent lower risk of colon cancer. Other research shows that the pectin in apples reduces the risk of colon cancer and helps maintain a healthy digestive tract.
* Research found that rats fed an extract from apple skins had a 57 percent lower risk of liver cancer.
* A Cornell University study found that rats that ate one apple per day reduced their risk of breast cancer by 17 percent. Rats fed three apples per day reduced their risk by 39 percent and those fed six apples per day reduced their risk by 44 percent.
* One recent study shows that children with asthma who drank natural apple juice on a daily basis suffered from less wheezing than children who drank apple juice only once per month. Another study showed that children born to women who eat a lot of apples during pregnancy have lower rates of asthma than children whose mothers ate few apples.
* Apples contain a natural laxative. When juiced, it helps aid bowel movements. It is most effective when mixed with carrots and spinach juices, you can expect bowel movement the next day. Regularly eating apples also will ensure bowel movements due to its gel-forming fiber, pectin. It improves the intestinal muscle’s ability to push waste through the gastrointestinal tract.
* A Brazilian study found that women who ate three apples or pears per day lost more weight while dieting than women who did not eat fruit while dieting.
* The pectin in apples supplies galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes
* According to a study of 10,000 people, those who ate the most apples had a 50 percent lower risk of developing lung cancer. Researchers believe this is due to the high levels of the flavonoids quercetin and naringin in apples.
* The pectin in apples lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. People who eat two apples per day may lower their cholesterol by as much as 16 percent.*
LEMONS: THEY WAY WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU LEMONS, MAKE LEMONAIDE!
*Drinking natural lemon juice is helpful for people suffering with heart problems as it contains potassium. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness, nausea as provides relaxation to mind and body. It reduces mental stress and depression.
*Lemon juice, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can participate to cure problems related to skin. Drinking of lemon juice mixed with water and honey brings glow to the skin.
*Lemon juice assists in curing respiratory problems, along with breathing problems and revives a person suffering from asthma. Lemon, being a rich rich source of vitamin C, helps in dealing with respiratory disorders.
*Adding natural lemon juice to a beverage can help increase weight loss.
*Recent studies shown that limonoids in lemons help in reducing cholesterol.
SORRY HONEY, CANTALOUPE TONIGHT….. I AM STAYING HERE TO DRINK MY YUMMY DINNER.
Cantaloupe is a Super food for skin because just one serving (1/4 medium melon) is an excellent source of vitamins A and vitamin C. These vitamins encourage the skin cell turnover and supports the formation of collagen the connective tissues that give your skin its elasticity and youthful fullness.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE GREAT BENEFITS: http://www.livestrong.com/article/483389-what-is-the-value-in-juicing-cantaloupe/
Watermelon is everyone’s favorite summer fruit, or is it? Did you know that the Watermelon isn’t even a fruit? Yeah, neither did I.
*Watermelon’s cleansing and natural diuretic effect is healing for kidney and bladder problems.
*The rich beta-carotene and vitamin C content in watermelon do wonders in quenching inflammation that contributes to conditions like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
*Watermelon’s diuretic action helps to eliminate excess fluids from the body, reducing water retention, especially for women during their monthly menstruation cycle and in pregnant women.
*Lycopene (from red watermelons) has been extensively researched for its anti-oxidant and cancer-preventing properties. It is reported to be especially protective against prostate cancer.
*The combination of folic acid and the other essential vitamins in watermelon plays an important role in reducing the risk of colon cancer.
*The combination of folic acid and the other essential vitamins in watermelon plays an important role in reducing the risk of strokes.
*The combination of folic acid and the other essential vitamins in watermelon plays an important role in reducing the risk of heart attacks.
*Cucurbitacins, compounds found in watermelon, have been shown to induce cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in human breast cancer cells. The high carotenoid levels found in watermelon are also likely to offer protection against breast cancer.
*The powerful anti-oxidant in watermelon reduces toxic matters in the body, which in turn reduces asthma attacks.
*Drink a big glass of watermelon juice. It is very effective in aiding the elimination of wastes. Consuming plenty of this red juice will do a lot of good.
*Natural watermelon juice is healthful in preventing cholesterol from clogging arteries and can increase HDL, the good cholesterol, reducing the risks of cardiovascular diseases.
“PEAR” IT UP WITH OTHER DELICIOUS FRUITS AND VEGGIES
*Pears have a high level of boron. Boron can help the body to retain calcium, which can help prevent or retard osteoporosis.
*Natural Pear juice has an anti-inflammatory effect and helps relieve sufferers of much pain in various inflammatory conditions.
*The anti-oxidant nutrients in pears are a great way to boost your immune system. Drink pear juice at the first sign of a cold.
*Pears have a high content of pectin, which helps to lower cholesterol levels.
*Pears have anti-oxidants and anti-carcinogen glitathione which helps prevent high blood pressure.
*Pears have anti-oxidants and anti-carcinogen glitathione which helps to prevent strokes.
*The high copper and vitamin C content in pears as good anti-oxidants that can protect cells from damages by free radicals.
*Pears have a high amount of NATURAL fructose and gluclose, which helps you get a quick and natural boost of energy.
*Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.
*But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
200 students at a Twickenham school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system..
Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chroniclercases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
*So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has FOUR TIMES the protein, TWICE the carbohydrate, THREE TIMES the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A BANANA a day keeps the doctor away!’
Ten Fabulous Facts About Kiwifruit
*Kiwifruit is highly effective in enhancing and modulating the immune system function, thereby contributing to combat and prevent cold and flu, as well as other types of infections and inflammation
*The high magnesium content in kiwifruit enhances energy production within the brain, thereby increasing concentration, memory, and relieving mental fatigue.
*Several nutrients contained in kiwifruit, including iron, copper and vitamins C and E, have antioxidant properties.
*Due to its relatively high content in fiber, kiwifruit has natural laxative properties that help cleanse the digestive tract and prevent or remedy digestive disorders.
TIP: I FOUND IT IS BETTER TO GET FROZEN STRAWBERRIES!
In some ways, frozen fruits can be even more nutritious than fresh fruit (unless you happen to live on a farm and pick your own), because it is picked and then frozen in time right when it is at its freshest.
HINT: To keep the strawberries fresh longer in the refrigerator, use 1 Part White Vinegar to 10 Parts Water. Soak the strawberries, leaves and all in the vinegar/water mixture for a few minutes. Then drain the strawberries in a colander until they are completely dry.
Then place strawberries in an uncovered bowl in the refrigerator. The vinegar/water mixture kills any mold spores on the strawberries and keeps them fresh longer. The vinegar does not affect the taste. This also works for all kinds of berries: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc. It really works!!”
*It has been shown that, besides having an anti-anemic effect, folic acid found in strawberries can help improve memory, concentration and the brain’s ability to process information.
*Strawberry is included in the list of top “superfoods” that help lower cancer death rates. This is because of the very high content of various anti-oxidants with flavonoids that work synergistically and more powerfully against oxidation and preventing damages caused by free radicals in our body.
*Strawberries are very rich in vitamin C, which plays a key role in enhancing immune system function, as well as in preventing and fighting infectious diseases such as flu and cold.
*Strawberries contain moderate amount of acetylsalicylic acid, the same active ingredient found in aspirin. Although the amount of acetylsalicylic acid found in strawberries is not enough to relieve influenza symptoms, it can be actually helpful to thin blood and prevent blood clots formation, thereby reducing the work of the heart and improving its function.
*Anthocyanidin is a unique flavonoid that makes strawberries a very powerful protector against inflammatory conditions such as asthma, gout, artherosclerosis, arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. At the same time it protects against intestinal bleeding.
*The high content in potassium found in strawberries enhances diuresis, which contributes to detoxifying the body, as well as regulating blood pressure.
*Due to their high content in vitamin C, strawberries stimulate the secretion of salivary and gastric juices, thereby improving the digestion of starchy and protein foods. In addition, fiber contained in strawberries effectively reduces constipation and cleans the colon, with a beneficial detox effect for the body.
MY FAVORITE COLOR IS “BLUE” BERRY!
*One cup of blueberries only have about 80 calories.
*Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, such as anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have been shown to enhance the benefits of vitamin C in your body. It also plays a role in the stability of collagen, which is a building block of all body tissues.
*One study found that blueberries deliver 38% more phytonutrients than red wine does.
*Blueberries include certain vitamins and nutrients that help fight the effects of free radicals, unstable atoms that damage cells.
*Extracts of bilberry, which is a cousin of blueberry, have been shown to improve nighttime vision and the ability of your eyes to adapt to different levels of light. Future studies about the benefits of blueberries aim to examine the effects that blueberries may have on restoring poor eyesight which is related to diabetes.
*Blueberries are rich in Vitamin C which is vital to a healthy immune system, as well as healthy gums and capillaries, especially important if you’re at risk for microvascular disease.
*Vitamin C in blueberries also helps the body absorb iron.
*The research findings confirmed the ability of blueberries to destroy free radicals
*Natural blueberry juice contain compounds that reduce the ability of E. coli to adhere to the lining of the bladder and urethra
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NEXT, LET’S TALK ABOUT GETTING OUR GREENS:
“LETTUCE” NOT FORGET TO EAT/DRINK HEALTHY!
*Lettuce juice is an excellent source of hydration at the cellular level. They are refreshing, thirst-quenching and help rehydrates our cells and releasing toxins and harmful fats from our congested cells.
*Thanks to its high fiber content, lettuce and its juice can help stimulate the function and motility of the intestinal tract, relieve constipation and cleanse the colon.
*Lettuce is rich in anti-oxidants, especially beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E. These substances help prevent premature aging.
*Lettuce juice contains anti-cough agents, which can help relieve irritable cough, as well as the symptoms of asthma and bronchitis.
*Lettuce latex has been used for centuries by physicians as a substitute for opium, due to its natural sedative and painkilling properties. Today its medicinal use is limited to treat sleep disorders, nervous excitability, anxiety and restlessness, especially in children and elderly persons. Drink a glass of lettuce and celery juice an hour before bedtime to have a restful night’s sleep. Also helpful whenever you feel anxious or nervous, to keep yourself calm and relaxed.
*Lettuce is rich in anti-oxidants, especially beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E. These substances help cleanse the body from toxins, prevent the damage caused by free-radicals, prevent premature aging and lower the risk of chronic diseases and some cancers such as bladder cancer.
*Lettuce is rich in vitamin E. The body needs vitamin E to boost its immune system.
*There is evidence that lettuce has a protective effect on bone health, due to its high content in vitamin K which is required for the synthesis of osteocalcin, a bone protein which helps strengthen bone tissue. This bone protective action is particularly effective in preventing osteoporosis-related fractures in post-menopausal women and older adults. Lettuce is a good source of calcium and phosphorous, as well, which play a key role in bone structure and health.
*Lettuce is rich in vitamin E. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), or the loss of central vision in older people, and cataracts are among the most common causes of vision loss in older people. The results of research on whether vitamin E can help prevent these conditions are inconsistent. Among people with early-stage AMD, a supplement containing large doses of vitamin E combined with other antioxidants, zinc, and copper showed promise for slowing down the rate of vision loss
*This is still a subject of debate. It is known that the opium-like substances found in lettuce latex can be used to cool sexual appetite. However, some researches have observed that lettuce milk also contains pro-sexual substances, that can help fight impotence when taken in large doses. Whether this is true or not, one thing is sure: drinking a lettuce juice can’t do much harm in this sense!
*One of the main benefits of using kale in your juice blends is that it provides a large nutritional punch with one of the fewest calorie counts per cup of any other vegetable.
*In several studies, people with a history of eating lutein-rich foods like kale had up to 22% lower risk for cataracts, which would otherwise have been severe enough to require extraction.
*Kale contains sulforaphane (especially when juiced), which is a chemical that has anti-cancer properties against many cancer types. The cancer-protective compounds in kale have thus been the subject of intense research, particularly their role in blocking the growth of cancer cells and inducing cancer cell death (apoptosis).
*Kale is a rich source of organosulfur compounds, which is great at fighting many cancers, especially colon cancer. In other research, sulforaphane from Kale has been shown to have a more direct effect on cancer prevention, especially in colon cancer, inducing cancer cells to destroy themselves. This was seen in a recent study in which animals were genetically bred to develop intestinal polyps, a condition that leads to tumor formation. This group of animals was then fed sulforaphane and found to have higher rates of apoptosis (cell suicide) and smaller tumors that also grew more slowly than animals who received no sulforaphane
*Kale studies reveal that sulforaphane helps support a healthy immune system, which is a key component in staving off cancer. Sulforaphane has been found to significantly enhance the production of several chemicals that are involved in the immune response, such as interleukin-2 and interferon-gamma.
*In Kale research, the benefits of lutein also extend to prevention of atherosclerosis. An 18-month study from the University of Southern California found that in a group of 480 men and women aged 40 to 60 with no history of heart disease, those with the lowest serum lutein concentration had a five-fold greater increase in carotid artery thickness, a risk factor for heart disease, compared with those who had the highest serum lutein concentrations. This study also included an in-vitro portion, which compared tissue cultures of cells exposed to various combinations of lutein and detrimental, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is known to promote atherosclerosis. The researchers found that pretreatment of cells with lutein dose-dependently protected the cells against inflammation associated with LDL plaque formation, again confirming lutein’s protective effect against atherosclerosis.
*Widely considered to be healthful foods, collards are rich in invaluable sources of phyto-nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties, such as di-indolyl-methane (DIM) and sulforaphane that have proven benefits against prostate, breast, cervical, colon, ovarian cancers by virtue of their cancer cell growth inhibition and cytotoxic effects on cancer cells.
*Collard greens are also an excellent source of vitamin-A (222% of RDA per 100 g). Vitamin A is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin, and is also essential for vision.
*Collard greens have beneficial effects in Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain.
*Collard greens contain amazingly high levels of vitamin-K, provides staggering 426% of recommended daily levels per 100 leaves. Vitamin K has potential role in the increase of bone mass by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bone.
*Collard is high in iron, which is an important nutrient to ensure energy levels stay high.
*The substances responsible for green and purple color of broccoli, vitamin C, beta-carotene and other vitamins and minerals, particularly selenium, copper, zinc, phosphorus, etc., present in broccoli are really great immune-strengtheners. They protect you from numerous infections.
*Apart from the anti-oxidants mentioned above, broccoli has very high fiber content, beta-carotene, omega-3 fatty acids and other vitamins which help reduce bad cholesterol as well as keep the heart functioning properly by regulating the blood-pressure.
*Primarily Zeaxanthin and then Beta-carotene, vitamin A, phosphorus and other vitamins such as Bcomplex, C and E present in Broccoli are very good for ocular health. These substances protect eyes against Macular degeneration.
*The credit for keeping your skin glowing and young goes to expert anti-oxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin-C and other helpers like vitamin B complex, vitamin E (the one that gives shine to your skin, hair etc. and revives skin tissues), vitamin A & K, omega 3 fatty acids (adds glamour), amino acids and folate present in the broccoli. They take very good care of your skin.
*An important mineral, chromium, found abundantly in broccoli, helps in proper functioning of insulin and regulates blood sugar, thereby regulating blood pressure also. Vitamins, which make all our systems function properly and found in abundance in broccoli, along with fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, helps regulate blood pressure.
*Being very rich in calcium (present by 47 mg. per 100 grams) and other nutrients such as magnesium, zinc and phosphorus, eating broccoli is very beneficial particularly for children, old people and pregnant ladies or lactating mothers, because these people are most prone to osteoporosis, weakening of bones, teeth, etc., and deficiency of calcium.
*Broccoli is high in iron, which is an important nutrient to ensure energy levels stay high.
*The presence of vitamin-C, sulphur and certain amino acids make broccoli a very good detoxifier. It helps remove free radicals and toxins like uric acid from the body, thereby purifying blood and keeping away problems related with toxins.
*Broccoli may prove to be a natural wonder-drug for many types of cancer, including breast cancer, cancer of uterus, prostate cancer, cancers of internal organs like lungs, colon, liver, kidneys etc. and cancer of intestines. But it is particularly good for breast cancer and uterus cancer, as it removes extra estrogen from the body. This is due to the presence of strong anti-carcinogens like glucoraphanin, diindolylmethane, beta-carotene, selenium and other nutrients like vitamin-C, vitamin-A and vitamin-E, zinc, potassium and certain amino acids, which are also good anti-cancer agents.
*Asparagus is one of the richest sources of rutin (a natural substance found in plants) which together with vitamin C, can help to energize and protect the body from infections. Asparagus is also a source of iron, which boosts the immune system and prevents anemia.
*Asparagus has vitamin K which studies have shown can help prevent osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Vitamin K aids in bone formation and repair. It is also necessary for the synthesis of osteocalcin. Osteocalcin is the protein in bone tissue on which calcium crystallizes. Asparagus has been listed as the number one source of vitamin K.
*Asparagus is high in folic acid. While folic acid is said to be the same as folate, folic acid is the supplemental form. It is the folate that helps reduce inflammation.
*Asparagus has 288 milligrams of potassium per cup. Potassium is known for reducing fat. It’s also low in natural sodium and has no cholesterol, which is extremely helpful when trying to lose weight.
*Histamine production appears to be triggered by folic acid and lack of histamines has been linked to an inability to reach orgasm in both men and women. Asparagus is high in folates so may boost abilities in this department.
*The levels of vitamin C and E present in asparagus make it great for skin, nails and hair!
*Asparagus contains prebiotics, which selectively stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut, soothing the stomach and aiding digestion.
*t’s estimated that 4 out of 10 of us (Cancer Research Campaign) will get cancer at some point in our lives and that about 30 per cent of all cancers may be the result of our diet. Asparagus contains high levels of vitamin A and folic acid which are believed to play an important role in the fight against cancer. Vitamin A (an antioxidant vitamin) may help prevent cancer by protecting body cells from damage caused by free radicals. Folic acid is thought to have a role in preventing certain types of cancer.
*Asparagus contains 3 grams of fiber which cleanses the digestive system. It has virtually no natural sodium so no bloating during PMS, has no fat or cholesterol, and one cup has only 40 calories. According to a clinical dietician at UCLA Medical Center, asparagus in the ultimate in detox vegetables.
*Asparagus is rich in soluble fiber, known to have a protective effect against degenerative heart diseases. After juicing, you’ll lose a lot of the fiber, but asparagus contains high levels of potassium, which may help to control blood pressure and the high folic acid content helps to reduce blood homocysteine levels, thought to reduce the risk of heart disease. Asparagus is also low in fat and sodium, making it the perfect choice for those concerned about a healthy heart.
*The high fiber content in spinach makes it a remarkable intestinal tract scrubber. It cleans out the system by removing the accumulated wastes in the digestive tracts by its mildly laxative effect. More importantly, it also repairs, heals and nourishes the tracts and tones up their functions. An excellent help for constipation, colitis, poor digestion or stomach ulcers.
*When people who participated in the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Study added foods high in potassium, magnesium and fiber, their blood pressure dropped to healthier levels. Those people in the study who ate a diet rich in these compounds in addition to the other foods on this diet (low fat dairy foods, seafood, lean meat and poultry) lowered their blood pressure by 5.5 points (systolic) over 3.0 points (diastolic).
*A recent study also shows that certain protein compounds in spinach are beneficial in lowering high blood pressure.
*The high alkalinity properties in spinach makes it the perfect choice of food for people suffering inflammatory ailments, like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
*The fine chlorophyll and carotene (lutein) found in spinach is beneficial in fighting and preventing cancer. A variety of flavonoid compounds found in this vegetable are powerful anti-oxidants and anti-cancer agents. Studies have shown that properties in spinach slows down cancerous cell division, especially in cancers of the breast, cervical, prostate, stomach, and skin.
*The high grade content of iron in spinach makes it a great blood builder. It regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells and supplies fresh oxygen to the body.
OTHER GREAT VEGGIES:
YA JUST CAN’T “BEET” EM!
*All of the beet’s healing and medicinal values effectively normalize blood pressure, lowering high blood pressure or elevating low blood pressure.
*The pigment that gives beets their rich, purple-crimson color betacyanin-is also a powerful cancer-fighting agent. Beets’ potential effectiveness against colon cancer, in particular, has been demonstrated in several studies
*Medical studies have also shown that including beets in your diet helps protect a body against heart disease.
*The cleansing virtues in beets juice is very healing for liver toxicity or bile ailments, like jaundice, hepatitis, food poisoning, diarrhea or vomiting.
*Beets have been shown to help cleanse the blood, cleanse the colon and strengthen the gall bladder and liver.
*The cellulose content in beets helps to ease bowel movements. Drinking beet juice regularly will help relieve chronic constipation.
*The choline from beet juice detoxifies not only the liver, but also the entire system of excessive alcohol abuse.
*The high content of iron in beets regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells and supplies fresh oxygen to the body. The copper content in beets helps make the iron more available to the body and is a great blood builder.
*Beet root is a traditional treatment used for leukemia. Beet root contain an amino acid betaine which has an anti-cancer properties. Red beet therapy, consisting of consumption of approximately two pounds of raw, mashed beets daily, has been favorably reported for cases of leukemia and tumors (includes cancer). Research also shows that beet juice can help inhibit the development of colon and stomach cancer.
*Beets are high in carbohydrates which means they are a great instant energy source, but unlike processed foods which are high in carbohydrates, beets will energize your body. Beets can be regarded as body fuel.
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An important factor to note regarding beets: if eaten consistently, urine can turned red-tinged, called beeturia. It is especially common with people who suffer from iron metabolism problems. So, if you experience this rather scary side effect of eating or drinking beets, you may want to visit with your primary care physician to test if your iron is being properly metabolized and to ensure you are not anemic.
*The abundance content of vitamin A and carotenoids help prevent age-related eye problems. When combined with endive and carrot juice, it effectively helps prevent macular degeneration, night blindness, and the development of cataracts
*Carrot juice is diuretic and helps to eliminate excess fluids from the body, reducing water retention, especially for women during their monthly menstruation cycle and in pregnant women.
*A carrot a day reduces stroke risk by 68 percent. Many studies have strengthened the “carrot effect” on brain. Studies conducted on stroke patients revealed that those with highest levels of Beta carotene have the best survival rate.
*Deficiency of vitamin A can cause some difficulty seeing in dim light. Since carrot is rich in vitamin A it is good for improving eyesight.
*Carrots do wonders for boosting the immune system by increasing the production and performance of white blood cells; building resistant to various kinds of infections.
*Carrot juice is diuretic and helps to eliminate excess fluids from the body, reducing water retention, especially for women during their monthly menstruation cycle and in pregnant women.
*In a study meant to reveal therapeutic value of carrots researchers at the Wolfson Gastrointestinal Laboratory in Edinburgh, Scotland revealed that cholesterol level reduces by 11 percent if seven ounces of raw carrots a day is taken for three weeks. High cholesterol is a major factor for heart disease. Since regular consumption of carrots reduces cholesterol level it is good to prevent heart related problems. A group of Swedish scientists discovered that root vegetables can reduce the chances of having a heart attack. A study conducted at the Mario Negri Institute of Pharmacological Research in Italy found that those who ate more carrots had one third the risk of heart attack as compared with those who ate fewer carrots.
*Carrot is good for blood sugar regulation because of the presence of carotenoids in carrot. Carotenoids inversely affect insulin resistance and thus lower blood sugar.
*The high quality vitamin C and other rich nutrients in carrot juice efficiently nourish the skin, preventing dry skin, psoriasis and other skin blemishes. It also has powerful cleansing properties that are effective in detoxifying the liver, which is overall effective for acne which can be caused by toxicity of the blood
*Beta-carotene consumption has been linked to reduced risk of several cancers, notably lung cancer. British researchers discovered that increasing beta-carotene consumption from 1.7 to 2.7 milligrams a day reduced lung cancer risk more than 40 percent. The average carrot contains about three milligrams of Beta-carotene. In a study, researchers found that eating fiber rich carrots reduce the risk of colon cancer by as much as 24 percent. Another study shows that women who ate raw carrots were five to eight times less likely to develop breast cancer than women who did not eat carrots.
*Carrots have a cleansing action on the liver and helps it to release more bile, which will cause peristaltic action. This can help to relieve constipation and help with digestion
*A carrot a day reduces stroke risk by 68 percent. Many studies have strengthened the “carrot effect” on brain. Studies conducted on stroke patients revealed that those with highest levels of Beta carotene have the best survival rate
*Carrot juice is diuretic and helps to eliminate excess fluids from the body, reducing water retention, especially for women during their monthly menstruation cycle and in pregnant women.
*Pectin in carrots lowers the serum cholesterol levels.
*Carrots do wonders for boosting the immune system by increasing the production and performance of white blood cells; building resistant to various kinds of infections
*The high quality vitamin C and other rich nutrients in carrot juice efficiently nourish the skin, preventing dry skin, psoriasis and other skin blemishes. It also has powerful cleansing properties that are effective in detoxifying the liver, which is overall effective for acne which can be caused by toxicity of the blood.
*Celery calms the nerve because of the high calcium content & helps in controlling high blood pressure. Raw celery should be eaten to reduce high blood pressure.
*Capsaicin in bell peppers blocks transmission of pain, so it can help relieve pain to a certain degree. It is also effective for eliminating headaches and migraines.
*Bell pepper’s strong content of vitamin C stimulates white cells to fight infection, naturally building a good immune system.
*Bell peppers help increase our body metabolism by lowering triglycerides which are stored in our body fats. This helps to burn calories more effectively.
*Colored bell peppers contain very high anti-oxidant and phytonutrients that are especially helpful in preventing cancers of the bladder, cervix, pancreas and prostate.
*A bell pepper is a stimulant herb. It helps relieve gastrointestinal problems like indigestion, stomach ulcers, colic, dyspepsia, diarrhea and gas.
*Natural Bell pepper juice can significantly help to reduce cholesterol. The concentrated anti-oxidant fights oxidative stress that is the main culprit in oxidizing the LDLs in our blood. In the process, it also retards the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and lower blood pressure.
*The high level of vitamin C in bell peppers coupled with flavonoids make bell peppers a very good food that helps prevent respiratory problems like asthma, emphysema, wheezing, lung infections, etc.
*The silica in cucumber is an essential component of healthy connective tissue, which includes intracellular cement, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone. Cucumber juice is often recommended as a source of silicon to improve the complexion and health of the skin, plus cucumber’s high water content makes it naturally hydrating–a must for glowing skin.
*Removal of cell waste. Since the cucumber has diuretic properties, it helps rid the body of retained water and waste.
*Some have also identified cucumbers in helping promote hair growth. I’m not so sure about that claim. I could not find any studies that officially stated this but if it’s helped you, please leave your thoughts in the comments, I’d like to know how often you’re drinking cucumber juice to make that happen and add it to my own personal study.
*Tomatoes are a good dietary source of melatonin. Melatonin protects against breast cancer in several ways, including by reducing aromatase activity within the breast, thereby reducing estrogen production. Several studies of early-stage breast cancer survivors have found that higher levels of cartenoids in the blood are associated with both lower risk of break cancer recurrence and lower risk of a new primary breast tumor. Another study found that plasma levels of retinol (a form of vitamin A that is a by-product of carotene in the body) also are positively associated with breast cancer survival in postmenopausal women
*Tomato improves heart health by helping lower blood pressure due to its high content in potassium. It also prevents the oxidation of cholesterol, which is one of the first steps in the formation of atherosclerotic plaques.
*The organic acids in natural tomato fruit and juice enhance the digestive function by stimulating salivary and gastric secretions, thereby promoting the digestion of foods rich in starch (such as bread, pasta, rice and potatoes), as well as in protein (such as meat, fish, eggs and milk products).
*It is well known that vitamin C, which is highly dense in tomato juice, helps prevent and fight inflammation. A recent study has shown that tomatoes contain another powerful anti-inflammatory agent, which is particularly concentrated in the tomato skin that fights inflammation.
*Several research studies have shown that lycopene, a carotenoid pigment found in the skin and flesh of tomatoes, may play a role in the prevention of some types of cancer, including lung, prostate and colon cancer. Lycopene derives its health benefits primarily from its antioxidant activity which is even higher than that of betacarotene. Thus, it is an extremely powerful anti-oxidant activity that lycopene acts as an anti-cancer agent.
*Several antioxidant substances are contained in tomato juice, including lycopene, betacarotene, vitamin C and selenium, which can be helpful in preventing the damage caused by free radicals to body tissues leading to premature aging and many chronic degenerative diseases.
*Not only does tomato juice have anti-oxidant and diuretic properties and improves the digestive function, it also stimulates the detoxifying function of the liver and kidneys. The overall result of these effects is a more efficient removal of toxins from the body with consequent improved health and well-being.
*The high content of potassium and phosphorous in red juice from tomatoes helps relieve the symptoms of stress, tiredness, fatigue, muscle weakness, as well as prevent muscle spasms and cramps.
*Natural Tomato juice is an excellent source of vitamin C, calcium and phosphorous, all nicely packaged for maintaining the structural integrity of bones and teeth.
*Lycopene in tomatoes is said to improve the skin’s ability to protect against harmful UV rays. Tomato is a skin food suitable for healing from internal or externally. Its rich vitamin A and C makes it helpful for anti-aging skin, skin imperfections and brightens up a dull complexion
HERBS AND SPICES:
*Ginger can also help reduce inflammation. So it can be used to treat any disease that is caused by inflammations such as arthritis or ulcerative colitis. Some studies show that it can even help inhibit the replication of the herpes simplex virus.
*Ginger has been shown in animal trials to help slow or even prevent cancerous tumor growth.
*One of ginger’s most touted health benefits is its ameliorating effects on digestive ailments. It can help digest fatty foods and break down proteins. It is excellent for reducing gas. Many people report that it will also relieve nausea, and can be effective in treating morning sickness as well as motion sickness
*Being a warming herb, ginger can help knock out a fever. This property also makes it effective in stimulating circulation of the blood. It can also help relax muscles around the blood vessels and is said to help prevent blood clots from forming. The warming effects make it a natural decongestant as well as an antihistamine, making it the perfect remedy for colds.
*Recent studies show that ginger might also have a role in lowering LDL cholesterol because the spice can help reduce the amount of cholesterol that is absorbed.
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*Parsley adds color and aids digestion of the foods we eat and acts to prevent gas and bloating.
*Parsley is good for the sexual system. It builds the blood and stimulates brain activity.
*While one study suggests that high doses of supplemental vitamin C makes osteoarthritis, a type of degenerative arthritis that occurs with aging, worse in laboratory animals, another indicates that vitamin C-rich foods, such as parsley, provide humans with protection against inflammatory polyarthritis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis involving two or more joints.
*The flavonoids in parsley—especially luteolin—have been shown to function as antioxidants that combine with highly reactive oxygen-containing molecules (called oxygen radicals) and help prevent oxygen-based damage to cells. In addition, extracts from parsley have been used in animal studies to help increase the antioxidant capacity of the blood.
The cinnamon doesn’t just taste good, though, it adds many varied nutritional benefits, as well: it lowers cholesterol, helps to regulate blood sugar (needed when juicing so many fruits!), it helps to prevent blood clots, and boosts cognitive functioning!
OILS AND OTHER ADDITIONS:
*Olive oil contains oleocanthal, which blocks enzymes involved in inflammation. About 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil acts like one-tenth of a dose of ibuprofen, according to a study at the Monnell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia.
Aloe Vera: (just always remember to remove the green skin!)
*It’s inner gel (the fleshy pulp) is highly anti-inflammatory, and thus, a perfect relief for sunburn-related inflammation, as well as eczema- or acne-caused redness. Aloe’s fleshy inside is not only beneficial topically, however.
*Aloe has been well used for many generations by many cultures for its medicinal value
*it is a powerful laxative
*A study performed in 2004 proved aloe gel is also very beneficial for people suffering from inflammatory bowel disease. After four weeks of drinking the aloe gel, diluted in water, twice daily, patients had significant “improvement and remission of ulcerative colitis (IBD), compared to those given plain water”. And these improvements were seen without any ill-effects.
*Another benefit regarding the consumption of aloe vera juice is acne prevention
*they help to better sleep – Tart cherries naturally contain melatonin, which is used as a supplemental sleep-aid: people who take it sleep more soundly and awake more refreshed in the morning.
*A good source of the mineral potassium, which has proven especially helpful in eliminating post-workout muscle-soreness and inflammation
*Riper, sweet cherries are also rich in antioxidants. Vitamin C, anthocyanin and beta carotene are just some of these antioxidants, which have proven to both prevent and reduce cancer.
*Cherries help you to lose weight: anthocyanin, an antioxidant in cherries, has proven to boost the body’s metabolism of fat, as well as decrease fat storage.