There are many benefits of juicing regularly. A daily homemade fruit or vegetable juice will almost certainly leave you feeling more healthy. Even a few juices a week (or month!) can have a beneficial effect upon your health. How so?
When you juice, you use more fruits and vegetables than you could actually eat. This provides an abundant concentration of health promoting nutrients. You would need to juice about 3-4 apples or oranges to produce one glass of juice. In the case of berries, such as blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, you will need around 5 cups of them for one juice. Most vegetables have less water content than fruits and you will need even more of them. To get yourself a carrot juice, 8-10 of them would be needed!
There is pulp left over from juicing, so what goodness is lost? This is a good question and the answer is – mostly fiber. Fiber is the main thing we sacrifice, and instead we greatly increase our intake of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and enzymes.
Liver Benefits of Juicing
Juicing benefits the liver significantly. It cannot be understated how important a healthy liver is to our overall health. The liver is the most powerful detoxifying organ in the body. The skin, kidneys and lungs are also detoxifying organs, but the liver is the “big gun” of this group. Pro vitamin A (beta carotene), Vitamins C & E and the mineral selenium are all powerful antioxidants that are needed for detoxification. Getting an abundance of these nutrients is a big help for the liver. They actually help to unburden the liver of the toxic overload it is usually faced with daily. Vitamin E also helps to protect liver cells from the harmful effects of toxins, helping to prevent liver diseases such as cancer. Juicing blackberries and/or kiwis will provide all of the above mentioned nutrients.
Cruciferous vegetables have also been shown to improve liver detoxification. So the liver will reap the benefit of juicing vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.
Skin Benefits of Juicing
Juicing foods high in vitamin A, like carrots, is fundamental for overall skin health. Vitamin A is needed for the creation and maintenance of epithelial skin cells – these are the outer skin cells that are exposed to the environment. As an antioxidant vitamin A also protects the skin from free radicals (harmful molecules that can cause cancer and other disease) found in UV light and pollution in the air.
All fruits are a source of vitamin C, which is another vitamin essential to skin health. Vitamin C is needed for the creation of collagen, a sticky elastic substance that keeps the skin supple and young. Citrus fruits and kiwi are all exceptionally good sources of vitamin C.
Heart Health Benefits of Juicing
Juicing can be very good for you heart health. Literally hundreds of studies show that people who eat diets high in fruits and vegetables are significantly less likely to develop heart disease. Two phytochemicals called lycopene and anthocyanins have also been found to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, prevent atherosclerosis and lower the reduce risk of strokes in those who consume them regularly. lycopene and anthocyanins are found abundantly in red/purple fruits and vegetables such as red grapes, watermelon, blueberries and tomatoes. It is also good to know that processing tomatoes through juicing or cooking makes the lycopene more available for digesting.