Friday, July 19, 2013

My Life Juicer: What Makes Juicing So Powerful

Over the last couple days, I have highlighted the benefits of juicing as part of a well, balanced diet, but what does it all mean? Why are vegetables, legumes, seeds and nuts so powerful, and why are they beneficial ingredients in your juicing recipes? For starters, cells in the body require nutrients such as vitamins and minerals to function optimally. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with these essential vitamins and minerals! A glass of freshly pressed juice contains fiber, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids.

The Life Juicer, as we describe on our website, releases more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients than conventional juicers that rip and tear through foods at 10,000 RPMs. Most juice extractors on the market today chop, shred and strain; a method that wastes the the valuable nutrients in food due to overheating and brute force. With the Life Juicer, you can juice a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables without worrying about losing nutritional value. 

What is in your juice? 

Fiber is the indigestible portion of plants. Diets high in fiber are associated with lower risks of heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Especially beneficial for women, diets rich in fiber (up to 30 grams a day) can reduce the risk of breast cancer. 

Examples of fiber-rich fruits (perfect for juicing) include:
Fruits: Prunes, Pears, Mangoes, Apples, Raspberries, Raw blackberries, raw strawberries

Phytonutrients are a family of chemicals found only in plants that often give that vibrant color to vegetables. These plant-based chemicals reduce the risk of cancer, prevent diseases and keep your body working properly. 

Examples of important phytonutrients include
  1. Carotenoids: These powerful antioxidants tackle free radicals that damage tissues throughout the body. More than 600 carotenoids provide yellow, orange, and red colors in fruits and vegetables. Fruits and Veggies loaded with carotenoids ideal for juicing include: carrots, tomatoes, spinach, and kale. 
  2. Ellagic Acids: This cancer fighting phytonutrient is found in a number of berries and other plants food. Throw in a few handfuls of strawberries or raspberries in your next juicing recipe and you will help your liver neutralize cancer-causing chemicals in your system. 
  3. Flavonoids: According to WebMD, a large number of phytonutrients fall into the flavonoid category.  Examples of flavonoids include: apples, berries, grapes, citrus fruits, and onions. 
Antioxidants keep the immune system strong and can be found in a variety of brightly colored fruits and vegetables. With so many different antioxidant-packed fruits and vegetables to chose from, you can easily create juice recipes that will keep you coming back for more. 

Here is a list of veggies and fruits loaded with antioxidants: beets, broccoli, carrots, kale, mangoes, peaces, spinach, tomatoes, kiwi, oranges, apples, red grapes, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and nectarines. 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: 
Your juicer is not only for fruits and veggies! You can add nuts and soybeans to your recipes! Did you know that flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, hemp seeds, and soy are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and provide many nutritional benefits. 



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