Juicing Health Benefits

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Trace minerals are very important in determining the nutritional value of what we juice.

Okra Vegetable. One of Okra's juicing health benefits is that it coats the intestines with its natural lubricant. Okra has abundant mucillage, giving it a slimy texture. Though some find this unpleasant, it is actually very helpful for those with digestive problems. The slime also binds toxins and bile acids.

Okra seeds contain an oil that is rich in healthy unsaturated fats which can help to reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol. Okra is rich in fiber, half soluble, half insoluble.

The fiber also helps stabilize blood sugar levels by delaying sugar absorption from the intestines. Caution: don't use more than one okra per quart or two of juice, as it will change the consistency of the juice and make it thick and hard to drink.

Onion Vegetable. Though sweet onion isn't as strong as other onions, it still produces an overpowering onion flavor, so you might want to use it sparingly. Red onions are very high in antioxidants, and may improve blood sugar balance.

Oregano Herb, Mint. Leaves have a strong, peppery flavor. Because of its compelling flavor, oregano may be the most useful of all the herbs.

Papaya Fruit. Great for digestion. It contains papain, an enzyme that helps to break down protein.

Parsley Dark Green, Herb. One of the juicing health benefits of parsley is that it is full of antioxidants, which helps with detox. It is also a natural diuretic (enhanced by adding dandelion leaves to it), plus an excellent source for vitamins A, B complex, C, and E, plus calcium and iron, and especially high in potassium. Of course, using too much can overpower your juice with a parsley taste.

Parsnips Vegetable. A good source of folic acid, parsnips have a sweet, nutty flavor, though they are high in sugar. Their high amount of fiber means that one of their juicing health benefits is that they can improve bowel action. Parsnips are recommended for helping to control weight gain and cellulite.

Peach Fruit. An excellent item to help improve the taste of your vegetable juice. Cut open, remove the pit, then juice. Peaches are full of juicing health benefits. They are a good sources of carotenes and flavonoids, and are rich in lycopene and lutein, phytochemicals that are especially beneficial in preventing heart disease, macular degeneration, and cancer.

Pear Fruit. Rich in vitamins and minerals, pears also have glutathione, the anti-oxidant which helps prevent high blood pressure and stroke. Like many fruits, pears are high in fructose and glucose, and give a quick and natural energy source.

Peas Vegetable. Peas contain numerous vitamins and minerals, but more importantly they add much needed protein to vegetable juice. Snow peas and sugar snap peas may be juiced, pod and all. Pick them before the peas get a chance to get fat. Podded peas are meant to be eaten without the pod.

Peppermint Mint. Some of peppermint's juicing health benefits are that peppermint leaves can help improve the flow of bile from the liver to the gallbladder, help to keep the liver in good working order, and also help with digestion.

Peppers, hot Spice. Hot peppers can help to fire up the metabolism. They contain the antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin C, plus capsaicin, an anti-inflammatory.

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Pineapple Fruit. Rich in antioxidants, pineapple helps to protect against age-related eye problems. It contains enzymes that help improve skin elasticity and improve skin hydration. If your juicer can handle the rind, it need not be removed. Just twist off the top of the pineapple, cut the pineapple into strips that can fit into the juicer, and juice.

Plantain Wild Green. A small wild plant that grows in lawns across the USA whose leaves are beneficial for juicing. Juicing health benefits of wild plantain is that it can help to correct impurities in the blood, and support eliminative tissues and organs. Plantain also serves as a diuretic, which can help with kidney and bladder problems.

Potato Vegetable. Just the raw potato should be juiced. Do not juice the stems and leaves, as they are toxic. Potatoes have many vitamins, organic acids, minerals, enzymes and micronutrients, and can be helpful in digestion.

Pumpkin Vegetable. Pumpkin leaves plus the whole pumpkin may be juiced, though not all juicers can handle the rind and seeds. The best leaves to juice are the younger leaves. These can serve as a green juice additive to your vegetable juice. As for the pumpkin, cut out the stem and bottom core, cutting close for less waste. Cut out any rough, discolored patches, holes or cuts and discard. You can add pumpkin juice to a blend of other vegetable juices, or drink by itself, enhancing the taste with cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice.

Radishes Vegetable. Both radish leaves and root have juicing health benefits and may be juiced. Radishes can be used to help the thyroid gland, and are good for the liver and stomach. They are helpful for detoxing the blood, removing bilirubin to help with jaundice problems. They help in weight loss, as they fill and satisfy the stomach. They contain a lot of water and roughage but not many calories.

Rapini Vegetable. A member of the mustard family with a bitter taste, rapini has leaves that surround clusters of green buds resembling small heads of broccoli. Leaves, heads and flowers may be juiced, though the flowers are quite bitter. Remove the bottom of the stem before juicing.

Raspberries Fruit. They help to protect against macular degeneration. Other juicing health benefits are that raspberries have high levels of phenolic flavonoids phytochemicals. These antioxidants can help against cancer, aging, and inflammation. They have a high ORAC value (oxygen radical absorbence capacity), making them among the top-ranked ORAC fruits.

Rhubarb Fruit. A tart vegetable high in phosphorus, sodium, copper, zinc, potassium, and B complex vitamins. Rhubarb juice is beneficial for gastrointestinal disorders, cancer and kidney disorders.
Do not juice rhubarb leaves, as they contain the poisons oxalic acid and anthraquinone glycosides, which can be toxic and even fatal. To avoid this, simply cut off the leaves and juice only the stalks.

Rosemary Herb, Mint. This plant looks like a branch of an evergreen tree. It may help stimulate the immune system, improve circulation and digestion. It also has anti-inflammatory compounds which might help reduce the severity of asthma attacks. By increasing blood flow to the brain, it may improve concentration. Rosemary has a strong taste, so only a few needles need be juiced at a time.

Rutabaga Vegetable. A good source of vitamin C, rutabagas can help reduce wheezing in asthma patients. They strengthen capillaries, thereby reducing the risk of cataracts. Another of their juicing health benefits is that they are high in potassium, which can help to lower high blood pressure and decrease stroke mortality. Rutabagas can also help to relieve constipation.

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As you may know, I am all for juicing nutrient dense vegetables and fruits, like those grown in your own garden.

One of the best ways of boosting the nutrients of what you grow is to feed your plants sea minerals. This helps to meet the needs both plant and soil for trace minerals. Happy juicing!


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