People of all ages and classes are turning to juicing and green smoothies to lose weight and to improve their overall health, this is because they have found that juicing is changing their lives by giving them stronger immune systems, sound sleep, brighter skin and a younger appearance.
The acts of drinking fresh juices regularly makes our cells assimilate the nutrients found in the fruits and veggies than eating them.
One great benefits of drinking fresh homemade juice is because it gives our body’s digestive system a needed rest than chewing and digesting same. Our bodies can instead use this energy to help boost our immune system. This is one reason why juice fasting is so good for anti-aging.
According to Canadian studies, it is shown that the largest portion of our daily consumption should come from vegetables and fruits. Processed foods do not supply us with the nutritional benefits of fresh, plant-based foods. This shows that processed foods are low in nutrients and high in calories.
Meaning that, the best way to get our daily-required nutrients is from consuming juice of a variety of raw vegetables and fruits.
Just a 0.5Kg (16 ounce) glass of juice daily will help reach recommended daily intake, compared to a lot of chewing, and considerable time, to consume the same amount that goes into one 16-ounce glass of juice.
Nutritional Components of Fresh Homemade Juice
In addition to water and easily absorbed protein and carbohydrates, Fresh Homemade juice provides essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, biophotons, and phytonutrients. And Nutritionists are continuing to explore how the nutrients contained in juice help the body heal and shed unwanted body weight.
The Amount of Protein in Fresh Juice
Protein help in digestion of food by catabolizing nutrients into monomeric units, help Carry substances in the blood or lymph throughout the body, Construct different structures, like the cytoskeleton, coordinate the activity of different body systems, Protect the body from foreign pathogens and help form muscles, ligaments, tendons, hair, nails, and skin. Protein is needed to create enzymes, which direct chemical reactions, and hormones, which guide bodily functions.
Fruits and vegetables contain lower amounts of protein than animal foods like eggs and dairy products. Therefore they are thought of as poor protein sources.
Juices are concentrated forms of vegetables and fruit and so provide easily absorbed amino acids, the building blocks that make up protein, for instance, 0.5kg of carrot juice (2 to 3 pounds of carrots) provides about 5 grams of protein, an equivalent of about one chicken wing or 2 ounces of tofu.
Vegetable protein is not complete protein, therefore, it does not provide all the amino acids the body needed. Thus, it is important to eat other protein sources, such as sprouts, legumes (beans, lentils, and split peas), nuts, seeds, chicken, turkey, lamb, and beef along with wild caught fish and whole grains in addition to drinking fresh juice.
Carbohydrates in Fruit and Vegetable Juices
Vegetable and fruit juices contain carbohydrates (Carbs). Carbs provide energy for movement, heat production, and chemical reactions.
There are three categories of carbs: simple (sugars), complex (starches and fiber), and fiber.
It is important to choose more complex carbohydrates than simple carbs in your diet.
Know that there are more simple sugars in fruit juice than vegetable juice, which is why you should juice more vegetables and in most cases drink no more than 28g (4 ounces) of fruit juice a day.
Insoluble and soluble fibers are found in whole fruits and vegetables, and these two are needed for good health. Juice has the soluble form—pectin and gums, which are excellent for the digestive tract.
This soluble fiber helps to lower blood cholesterol levels, help stabilize blood sugar, and improve good bowel bacteria.
Essential Fatty Acids in Juices
Fruit and vegetable juice have very little fat in them, but the fats juice does contain are essential to overall body health.
The essential fatty acids (EFAs)—linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids in particular—found in fresh juice function as components of nerve cells, cellular membranes, and hormone like substances called prostaglandins, which are required for energy production.
Homemade Juice and Vitamins
Fresh Fruit and vegetable juices are loaded with vitamins. Vitamins take part, along with minerals and enzymes, in chemical reactions.
For instance, vitamin C take parts in the production of collagen, one of the main types of protein found in the body.
Fresh homemade juices are excellent sources of water-soluble vitamins like C; many of the B vitamins and some fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin E; the carotenes, known as provitamin A, which are converted to vitamin A as needed by the body; and vitamin K.
Fresh Juice also come packaged with cofactors, such as vitamin C with bioflavonoids. The cofactors and vitamins help each other to be more effective.
Minerals in Fresh Juice
Also, Fresh juice is loaded with many mineral which the body needs for healthy living. There are about two dozen minerals that our body needs to function well.
Minerals and vitamins are components of enzymes. They make up part of our bones, teeth, and blood tissue, and helping to maintain normal cellular function.
The major minerals in Fruit and vegetable juices include calcium (Ca), chloride (Cl), magnesium (Mg), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), sodium (Na), and sulfur(S).
While trace minerals are those needed in very small amounts by the body, also found in fresh juices include boron, chromium, cobalt, copper, fluoride, manganese, nickel, selenium, vanadium, and zinc.
Juicing is believed to provide even better mineral absorption than whole vegetables because the process of juicing liberates minerals into a highly absorbable, easily digestible form.
Enzymes and Fresh Juice
Vegetable and fruit juices are chock-full of enzymes— ‘living enzymes.’ These enzymes (molecules) works with vitamins and minerals to speed up reactions necessary for vital functions in the body.
Enzymes are prevalent in raw foods, but heating destroys them. All juices that are bottled, even if kept in best refrigerators, have to be pasteurized (heating at high temperature), which completely destroys the enzymes and vitamins.
Eating and drinking enzyme-rich foods, help break down food in the digestive tract, thereby sparing the pancreas, small intestine, gallbladder, and stomach—the body’s enzyme producers—from overwork.
The law of adaptive secretion of digestive enzymes.
This acts of action is known as ‘law of adaptive secretion of digestive enzymes.’ This law states that, when a portion of the food you eat is digested by enzymes present in the food, the body will secrete less of its own enzymes.
Thus allowing the body’s energy to be shifted from digestion to other functions such as repair and rejuvenation. Fresh juices require very little energy expenditure to digest, and that is one reason people who start consistently drinking fresh juice often report that they feel better and more energized right away.
Phytochemicals in Fresh Juice
The substances in plants that help them protect themselves from disease, injury, and pollution is known as phytochemicals. Which simply imply Phyto means ‘plant,’ and chemical here means ‘nutrient.’
There are tens of thousands of phytochemicals in the foods we eat. For instance, an average tomato may contain up to ten thousand different types of phytochemicals, the most famous being lycopene.
Phytochemicals in plants give them their color, odor, and flavor. Unlike vitamins and enzymes, they are heat stable and can withstand cooking.
Researchers found that people who eat the most fruits and vegetables, which are the best sources of phytochemicals, have the lowest incidence of cancer and other diseases. Drinking vegetable juices gives you these vital substances in a concentrated form.
This is another substance present in raw foods but it is difficult to measure than the others. It’s being studied scientifically in tubes and is namedbiophotons.
Biophotons are absorb from sunlight by plants, and it is foundin the living cells of raw foods such as fruits and vegetables. Photons have beenshown to emit coherent light energy when uniquely photographed (using Kirlianphotography).
This light energy in fruits and vegetables is believed to have many benefits whenconsumed; one in particular is thought to aid cellular communication.
Biophotons feed the mitochondria of the cells that produce ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) for our body’s energy fuel. Biophotons are also believed to contribute to our body vitality, and a feeling of vibrancy and well-being.
Beets: Liver and Gallbladder Detoxification
Beets are rich in vitamins’ A, B, C, and B2, with minerals like iron, calcium, and potassium which are considered one of the most valuable vegetable’s vitamins and minerals to juice for liver and gallbladder detoxification.
Beets are 100% edible! They build up the red corpuscles and stimulate the activity of the lymphatic system throughout the body. The root and the leaves are good for juicing.
They are extremely low in calories, fat and cholesterol. Beet greens contain plenty of nitrates which help lower blood pressure.
As a Liver and Gallbladder revitalizer, it is juiced with purple cabbage, lemons, apples, and ginger root these combination help to cleanse and support the liver and gallbladder. The proportion is as Follows:
3–4 carrots, scrubbed well, tops removed, ends trimmed
½ beet with leaves and stems, scrubbed well
1 lemon, peeled if not organic
½ green apple
¼ purple cabbage
1-inch-chunk ginger root
Juice ingredients and stir. Pour into a glass and drink as soon as possible.
The nitrates in it help improve oxygen level in the body, which enhance exercise performance and athletic ability.
Kidney cleansing, antioxidant boosting, and heart building Juice
Beets can lower blood pressure, boost stamina, and fight inflammation, with Parsley (Help keeps the immune system strong and helps to flush out excess fluid from the body and supports kidney function) and Romaine lettuce; It helps with weight loss, keeps heart healthy, has a perfect two to one ration of omega-3 to omega-6, and is a complete protein.
Beet can help the Kidney cleansing process by Juicing the following together:
½ bunch parsley
2 large carrots
5 romaine lettuce leaves
3 celery stalks
1 small piece jalapeño pepper
1 garlic clove or 1-inch piece of ginger. Juice all ingredients in the order listed.
Uses of Beetroots Powder
Beetroots powder are natural food coloring, which gives the cook a palette of intense pinks and reds. Beetroots are also highly nutritious, their mild and slightly sweet taste does not compromise the flavor of a dish.
Their sweet taste can add vibrancy to sweet and sour dishes, beetroots powder also found use in baking for coloring sponges, icings and buttercreams, especially when added to smoothies and vegetable juice blends! Aside from culinary uses, it can also be used in hand made soaps, bath bombs and make-up and it is suitable for both vegetarians & vegans and anyone with intolerance to artificial food colorings.
How to Prevent Stomach Cancer, Vitamin B6
All bell pepper of colors—green, red, yellow, orange, contain vitamin C and A. although, the chocolate brown, white, and purple colors—contain a high amount of vitamins C and A, While Red peppers have more vitamins and nutrients than the other color peppers because they contain lycopene- the level of carotene, like lycopene, is nine times higher in red peppers than the other colors.
Red peppers also have twice the vitamin C content of green and yellow peppers.
Both red and green peppers are high in para-coumaric acid, which is known to inhibit the development of stomach cancer.
One of the ingredients in Age-defying, anti-inflammatory, and cell repairing is red bell pepper. This Juice may actually just turn back the clock, covering all of the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals the body needed for healthy living, because the combination of ingredients adds up to a total balance of health.
The plus is that this fruit juice tastes delicious:
2 kale leaves, stems removed
3 ripe tomatoes
½ red bell pepper
2 cilantro sprigs
4 basil leaves
½ cup cabbage
1 garlic clove
1 small piece of jalapeño (optional)
½ celery stalk
1 lemon. Juice all ingredients in the order listed.
Note that one cup of raw red bell pepper will supply 290 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C and 105 percent of the recommended daily allowance for vitamin A. You can count on peppers for vitamin B6. They are also high in antioxidants (Antioxidants are molecules that inhibit or neutralize cell damage caused by free radicals) and fiber, with approximately 30 calories per pepper which makes it a sweet vegetable for juicing.
Capsanthin. Especially high in red bell peppers, capsanthin is a powerful antioxidant responsible for their brilliant red color.
Violaxanthin. This compound is the most common carotenoid antioxidant in yellow bell peppers. A number of studies indicate that regular consumption of foods rich in these carotenoids may cut the risk of both cataracts and macular degeneration.
Lutein. While abundant in green (unripe) bell peppers and black paprika, lutein is absent from ripe bell peppers. Adequate intake of lutein may improve eye health (Trusted Source).
Quercetin. Studies indicate that this polyphenol antioxidant may be beneficial for preventing certain chronic conditions, such as heart disease and cancer.
Luteolin. Similarly to quercetin, luteolin is a polyphenol antioxidant that may have a variety of beneficial health benefit.