Vegetable juicing is critical to good health because it is an important source of raw food. Each of us needs raw foods every day, and juicing is an excellent way to make certain you receive large quantities of such raw foods.
Fruit juicing is certainly good for you, but it has one disadvantage over vegetable juicing, as fruit juice tends to increase insulin levels when consumed.
Vegetable juice does not raise insulin levels like fruit juice. The only exception to this would be carrot or beet juice, which function similarly to fruit juice. Nevertheless, fruit juicing is certainly better for you and your children than drinking soda.
Enzymes from raw fruits and vegetables are required for proper food metabolism and strengthening of the immune system. Unfortunately, these enzymes are destroyed when they are heated above 50°C. Nowadays nutrition scientists unanimously agree that more than one half of our food calories should come from raw vegetables, fresh fruit, raw or sprouted seeds; unpasteurized raw milk products, like raw-milk cheese and yogurt; as well as other fermented foods such as kombucha and miso. Read related article for kombucha.
High in antioxidant Polyphenols
The study researchers believe that antioxidant chemicals known as polyphenols, found in high concentrations in the skin and peel of fruits and veggies, may be responsible for the brain-protective effect offered by fruit and vegetable juices.
Polyphenols help mop up harmful free radicals in the body. In earlier studies, polyphenols were shown to have numerous health benefits, among them a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Another study, conducted at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and published in August 2006, focused on the benefits of drinking apple juice for improving memory and preventing mental decline. The study, which involved special mice that were a genetic model for human Alzheimer’s, showed that drinking two glasses of apple juice a day may prevent the decline of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Previous studies have demonstrated that increasing the amount of acetylcholine in the brain can slow the mental deterioration observed in people with Alzheimer’s. Read related article for keeping a healthy brain.(our brain-part2)
High nutritional value
Fruits and vegetables are loaded with nutritional substances, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, bioflavonoids, chlorophyll and pigments. The red pigment in red beets is proven to be extremely beneficial in the treatment of cancer. The yellow pigment, especially abundant in wild herbs, has two important tasks: it regulates the permeability of cell membranes and assists in the process of mineral transmutation for example, by changing silica into a mineral that the body lacks, like iron or calcium.
Many different nutrients that are contained in a plant’s juices are “locked up” in its cellulose fibres. In order to benefit from these nutrients the body must break down the fibrous cells. This is a major chore for some digestive systems, particularly for the elderly, whose problems may be further complicated by faulty teeth or dentures which make the proper chewing of fibrous foods more difficult.
Juicing- Fresh as possible
We all have a busy lifestyle and like to make large quantities for storage and convenience, but juice is best drunk freshly juiced. Not only does exposure to air and continuous storage encourage nutrient loss, but fresh juices are more palatable. Vegetable juice is one of the most perishable foods there is and ideally it would be best to drink all of your juice immediately. However, if you are careful, you can store your vegetable juice for up to 24 hours with only a moderate nutritional decline.
You can do this by putting the vegetable juice in a glass jar with an airtight lid and filling it to the very top. There should be as little air in the jar as possible because it is the OXYGEN in air that will “oxidize” and damage the juice. Think of a cut apple turning brown when exposed to air.
It’s a good idea to use an opaque container to block out all light which would also damage the juice and then store it in the refrigerator until about 30 minutes prior to drinking since ideally the juice should be consumed at room temperature.
Start your way to good health now
Drink a large glass of freshly made fruit and vegetable juice mix before breakfast. Then have a large glass of vegetable juice either at midday or before the evening meal, and again as a nightcap. There is nothing better than a drink of fresh-pressed juice before retiring. Keep this up for a couple of weeks and you’ll feel like a new person, healthy and energized. It is very important to not have the same vegetables every day. The chances are quite high that if you keep juicing the same vegetables for any significant length of time you will become allergic to them. Variety is king.