A great way to boost the nutrient content of your breakfast is to wash it down with a freshly squeezed breakfast juice. It has been known for many years now that fruit and vegetables help boost our immune systems which help fight off colds and viruses. Drinking healthy breakfast juices will also help your body to absorb iron from the food consumed at the same time, this is because of the high amount of vitamin C found in most fruit juices. Don’t forget these nutrient-packed juices are high in sugar and are acidic, (not such great news for your teeth) and because of this, it is recommended that you limit your fruit juice intake to one a day. We have compiled a list of the top 5 healthiest juices for you to check out, no need to just stick to one of the juices from the list, it’s always a good idea to vary the fruit juices you drink to maximize the health effects.
Oranges contain an anti-oxidant called hesperidin, this antioxidant is known to improve our blood vessel functions which in turn helps lower the risk of heart disease. If you have ever had a kidney stone you might have been told to drink a supplement containing citrate, I can tell you from personal experience they are not the best-tasting supplements you can try, but it’s the citrate in the supplements that help dissolve kidney stones. Not everyone can tolerate the acidic nature of the foul tasting supplements and find natural food that contains citrate is much easier to take, a daily glass of orange juice produces similar results. Oranges also contain health-promoting compounds know as flavanones, and it’s thought that these citrus phytochemicals can protect against cancer and heart disease, and that’s not all, flavanones have some anti-inflammatory benefits too. Oranges are a good source of fibre, B vitamins, vitamin A, calcium and potassium.
I think we are all familiar with the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and it’s most probably true, apples contain a variety of disease-fighting vitamins which will help our bodies stay healthy. Drinking apple juice may help to prevent the decline of an essential neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, this stuff is crucial for brain health and memory, although this research was carried out on mice, the “researchers claimed that an intake of two glasses of 500ml could have similar benefits in adults” says Pete Bee author of the Food Swap Diet. Research studies claim apple juice is linked with lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes, the presence of pyht0- chemicals is helpful at regulating the sugar levels in our blood. Apple juice also helps in aiding digestion and healthy bowel movements.
Free radicals damage the tissue in our bodies, and it’s the red substance in tomatoes called Lycopene that’s very good at disposing of the dangerous free radicals, it literally mops them all up. There’s some great news regarding prostate cancer and tomatoes, but you need to be consuming tomatoes in their concentrated form either processed, juiced or cooked as this helps absorption by the body, a regular consumption of processed tomatoes has been linked to a reduction in prostate cancer. The evidence is that reassuring, that cancer experts are encouraging men to increase the number of tomatoes in their diet.
Carrots are an excellent source of vitamins and nutrients, but you don’t have to eat carrots to receive all of their health benefits. Carrot juice is an easy way to add carrots to your diet and there’s a ton of reasons why you should. By ditching some of your fizzy nutrient dead sodas and swapping them for a healthy carrot drink you will start dropping pounds quickly, carrot juice also helps bile secretion, which can increase metabolism. We’ve always been told carrots are good for your eyesight but is there any truth in it? Yes, carrots are a very good source of vitamin A, which includes beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin A helps protect the surface of the eye and contributes to a strong vision. Carrots also contain lutein, which is an antioxidant that protects the eye from damaging light.
Pineapples are supposedly great for digestion because they contain an enzyme called bromelain, the enzyme is found in the stem and juice of the pineapple and is said to help break down the digestive proteins. Drinking pineapple juice use on an empty stomach is understood to act as an anti-inflammatory agent, the bromelain may help reduce arthritic joint pain and swelling. Pineapple juice also contains vitamin C and beta-carotene, both of these antioxidants can help to fight the skin damage caused by the sun, reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin texture.
Lately everyone’s been talking about the benefits and health healing powers of beetroot, the thing is, there is nothing new about this sweet root veg, it’s only in the past decade people are starting to realize just how good for you the beetroot is, it’s now risen to superfood status, so let’s have a look why.
- May slow the progression of dementia, nitrates help increase blood flow to the brain in older people and help slow cognitive decline.
- Helps maintain a healthy weight, beetroot juice straight is low in calories and has virtually no fat.
- Beetroots are rich in betalains, which are water soluble antioxidants, known to be free radical scavengers that help find and destroy unusable cells in the body.
- Good source of potassium, potassium is a mineral electrolyte that helps nerves and muscles function properly.
To sum up, what few ‘juicaholics’ fail to realize is that although our favorite fruit drinks are full of nutrients there also more sugary than fizzy drinks. You might be thinking, hang on, the sugars in fruit are naturally occurring healthy sugars? Well, you’re partly right but once the fruit has been squeezed and juiced it’s natural healthy sugars are released to become partly ‘extrinsic’ sugars and it’s these sugars that will damage your teeth. But like everything in life don’t overdo it, drink fruit juices in moderation, 1 a day is fine and try not to sip the juice, the longer you sip the longer your teeth are exposed to the sugars, it’s best if you can drink it in one go. Vegetable juices are a better option because they contain less sugar, and best of all to guarantee freshness juice your own, here you can select a variety of fruits and veggies that will provide you with a wide range of nutrients.