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Why More Parents Should Consider Juicing for Kids

     Adults carry the weight of many responsibilities and feeling the impact stress has on their health causes them to focus on the benefits juicing has to offer to them. Some never stop to consider the fact that juicing can also prove very beneficial to children.

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     There are many advantages juicing for kids has that even goes beyond what it offers adults. Read on to learn why including the children in your juicing lifestyle is a great way to be a smart parent.

Developing Bodies Need Proper Nutrition

     Although there are many rules of healthy eating that applies to people of all ages, it is even more vital that the proper nutrition be had in childhood. Those who regularly get the nutrients they need as a child tend to be healthier adults. This is because they had what they needed to develop properly.

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     It has an impact on all major and minor systems of the body, including bones, vision, hearing, brain cells, the circulatory system, the immune system and so on. By juicing, all of the essentials are easily introduced into the body.

     The fresh vegetables and fruits are packed with vitamins, minerals, and many other nutrients that are important to the development of your child.

Satisfy Their Sweet-Tooth without Harmful Sugar

     It is a widely known fact that children love sugar and sweet things. Some parents allow their children to eat lots of candy, cookies, ice cream, and other sugary snacks, but this is not a good idea. Junk food can have an even greater negative impact on developing bodies than it can on the fully grown.

     This is because sugar can weaken bones, leading to more fractures, cavities, joint problems, and several other health conditions loving parents want their children to avoid. With juicing, kids get to enjoy the delicious sweet flavor they crave without all the harmful side effects.

Let Them Learn Healthy Habits Early On

     Eating habits that are established in childhood often remain with people their entire lives. A great portion of the many adults now suffering from obesity and all of its side effects were put on this destructive route by their parents. Many of the adults who eat healthy and are fit simply followed the same eating patterns that they were taught as a child.

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     Their parents gave them a healthy start and the benefits remained with them. Parents who include juicing as part of the family lifestyle are showing their children that healthy eating is important.

No More Fighting Over Veggies

     Numerous jokes have been made and funny stories told about the struggles many parents face when seeking to get their children to eat vegetables. Some children go to great lengths to avoid eating things like broccoli, asparagus, spinach, brussel sprouts, and so on. It makes some parents furious and causes a lot of tension in households.

     However, juicing for kids does away with all the fighting. It is often much easier to get a child to enjoy a nice, fresh glass of  juice than it is to get them to eat peas or salad. As many well-seasoned juicing fanatics know, juice can be sweet and delicious and still contain lots of vegetables. Many children will slurp down every last drop without even considering the fact that they are drinking their leafy greens.

Easy Recipes Kids Can Prepare

     There are a lot of independent-minded children who enjoy fixing their own food. Often, the only problem is that they are too young to use the stove. However, juice is a fun, delicious food they can prepare on their own. If they are too young to use a knife, the adults can handle that part for them.

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     It is a good idea to just leave the fruits and vegetables pre-cut and in a container in the refrigerator. That way, the children can prepare a nutritious snack for themselves and feel like they are doing something all on their own.

     While juicing for kids is not as popular of an idea as it deserves to be, those who have discovered what juicing does for their health should easily understand the advantages it has for children. Give your child a great start in life by introducing them to the world of juicing.

Some juice recipes that kids love:

Apple juice: 3 to 4 medium yield about 1 cup
Pineapplecarrot juice: 2 carrots and 2 spears of pineapple yield 1 cup.
Orange juice: 2 medium oranges yield 1 cup
OrangeCarrot juice: 1 orange and 1 carrot yield ¾ cup
AppleCarrot juice: 2 red apples and 1 carrot yield 1 cup
AppleGrape juice: 2 apples and a small bunch of grapes yield 1 cup
Pear juice: 2 medium pears yield 1 cup

Juicing Health Benefits for Pregnant Women

     What are the disadvantages of juicing for pregnant women? Some are of the opinion that it is a bad idea. They say that problems could result from bacteria on fruits and vegetables, but this only means it is important to wash these foods carefully before juicing; something that everyone should be doing anyway. Women who are expecting stand to benefit greatly by juicing.

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     There are numerous advantages to be had both for mother and child. Read on to learn about the many goodies pregnant women who juice stand to experience.

Ward off Morning Sickness and Sooth Your Stomach

     Many women are excited when they hear that they are destined for motherhood. That fuzzy feeling comes when they first find out they are pregnant and stays with them for many years. Unfortunately, there are also some feelings that come when expecting that are not at all enjoyable, such as indigestion, morning sickness, and the likes.

     Juicing is a very healthy and helpful way to ward of unwanted wooziness. This is especially true if some ginger is added to the mix.

Enjoy Increased Energy from Juicing

     One of the most common reports had from first-time juicers is that they have more energy than ever before. One of the most common complaints from women who are expecting is that their energy levels are at an all-time low. Developing a whole other human being is physically demanding.

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     Pregnant women can take advantage of the extra energy boost juicing brings. It will help them stay more active for more hours during the day, allowing them to do all that is needed in preparation for their new arrival.

Extra Essential Nutrients Help Ensure a Healthy Baby

     Most doctors recommend that pregnant women begin taking prenatal vitamins as soon as possible. Even many women who are trying to get pregnant have to take prenatal vitamins. This is because the developing fetus needs a lot of nutrition in order to properly grow.

     Juicing helps pregnant women easily fulfill the nutritional needs of both themselves and their unborn child. By juicing, expectant mothers increase their chances of having a healthy baby.

Proper Nutrition Fights Pregnancy Complications

     Many of the complications that arise during pregnancy happen because of improper nutrition. This is not just about the mother’s failure to eat healthy foods, but a deficiency in some specific nutrient, such as folic acid. A lack of folate can lead to a miscarriage, premature birth, or low birth weight.

     There are many folate rich foods which are excellent for juicing during pregnancy, including tomatoes, oranges, broccoli, spinach, bananas, cantaloupe, and several others.

     For example, raw tomato juice is very good for pregnant women as it is rich in vitamin C and potassium. Pregnant women develop loss of glucose tolerance. With the increase in circulating blood volume and metabolites, it becomes difficult for pancreas to produce more insulin (insulin is required to maintain appropriate blood sugar level). Raw tomato juice it is safe and does not have any side effects.

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     Expectant mothers who are at risk of having a baby with a premature birth may want to consider drinking pomegranate juice (pomegranate juice is a great source for folic acid which is needed for the healthy development of babies) to help reduce the risk of their baby having a brain injury caused by low oxygen and reduced blood flow, according to a study published in “Pediatric Research” in June 2005.

     Expectant mothers who juice must realize that there are other nutrients needed in their diet that most foods used for juicing do not supply, such as vitamin B-12.

     Nevertheless, juicing offers powerful benefits when it comes to maintaining proper nutrition, making it a great addition to a healthy diet for pregnant women.

Replace the Drinks Pregnant Women Should Avoid

     Even avid coffee, tea, alcohol, and cola drinkers get pregnant. They may be excited to find out they are having a new baby, but struggle with changing their habits when it comes to these popular drinks. It is vital that expectant mother avoid consuming caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.

     Juicing is a great solution for those who find avoiding their favorite drinks a difficult thing to do. Whenever they get the urge to consume any of the items on the list of forbidden beverages for pregnant women, they can find satisfaction from juicing instead.

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     Juicing may not provide the same type of feeling that they are used to, but the energy boost from it can soothe their need for caffeine and the sweet flavor and mild sugar content can set aside their body’s craving for alcohol and sugary sodas.

     In addition to all the benefits granted to specifically to pregnant women who juice, expectant mothers get to enjoy all the other juicing health benefits, such as clearer, healthier skin, stronger nails, healthier hair, and much more. When it comes to performing the practice while pregnant, juicing does have its critics.

     Therefore, it is important that the expectant mother wash fruits and vegetables carefully before juicing and also consume other healthy foods in order to have a well-balanced diet.

Nutrient Glossary (L-W)

Lemon (How to Make Lemon Juice)

          Lemons contain highest vitamin C content of any citrus fruit. They are high in fiber and contain no fat or sodium. Lemon juice is also thought to inhibit the absorption of fats. Lemons have natural plant chemicals (‘phytochemicals’) called ‘monoterpenes’ in their skin that both protect against cells becoming cancerous, and help fight existing cancers.

Orange (How to Make Orange Juice)

          Oranges have natural plant chemicals (‘phytochemicals’) called ‘monoterpenes’ in their skin that both protect against cells becoming cancerous, and help fight existing cancers. They are high in Vitamin C and Folic Acid. Recent tests on the anti-oxidant effectiveness of various commercial fruit put oranges at number five in effectiveness against damaging oxidative processes in cells.

          Scientists have recently identified several bioflavonoids from citrus that inhibit certain cytochrome P450 enzymes. One cytochrome enzyme, P450 1B1, can activate cigarette smoke, pesticides and other substances ( ‘procarcinogens’) in the body to become carcinogens. Hesperetin, the most abundant bioflavonoid in the juice of oranges, has been found to inhibit P450 1B1 from metabolizing procarcinogens, significantly reducing the opportunity for them to be converted into carcinogens.

Parsley

          Parsley is an excellent herbal source of trace minerals, especially the electrolyte minerals including sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. It is also an excellent herbal source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and chlorophylins, all natural detoxifiers. Parsley has been used to treat urinary tract infections, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, dyspepsia, bronchitis, allergies, arthritis, asthma, flatulence, dysuria and nephritis.

          Anticancer because of its high concentrations of antioxidants, such as monoterpenes, phthalides, polyacetylenes. Can help detoxify carcinogens and neutralize carcinogens in tobacco smoke. Has diuretic activity, and may reduce accumulation of plaque in arteries and prevent unhealthy blood clotting.

Pineapple (How to Make Pineapple Juice)

          Pineapple is a source of digestive enzymes Bromelain and Betaine. Bromelain breaks down protein, hence it is a natural meat tenderizer. It can also break down blood clots and clean away the dead tissue left by burns, abscesses, ulcers, and various kinds of surgery. South American Indians used pineapple poultices to reduce inflammation in wounds and other skin injuries.

          Suppresses inflammation. Aids digestion, helps dissolve blood clots and prevents osteoporosis and bone fractures because of its high manganese content. Antibacterial, antiviral, mildly estrogenic. In addition, pineapple is a fantastic source of minerals, potassium, chlorine, sodium, phosphorus, sulfur, calcium iron, iodine. It is also rich in vitamin A, B complex and vitamin C.

Raspberry

          Raspberries are rich in anthocyanin antioxidants and cell protecting, cancer fighting phytochemicals such as ellagic, coumaric and ferulic acid. They also contain fiber, calcium, manganese, vitamins such as A, B, C, E, fiber and folic acid. Raspberries have antibacterial, anti-yeast and antifungal properties. They promote wound healing, heart and liver health

Saw Palmetto

          Saw Palmetto has two distinct actions. It may block the enzyme responsible for the formation of DHT or dihydrotestosterone, which can contribute to the possible negative side effects of the Prohormones, including hair loss in men. Saw Palmetto may also be anti-estrogenic. This means it may have the ability to decrease estrogen absorption, which can be elevated from increased testosterone levels.

Spinach

          Spinach contains iron, chlorophyll, potassium, magnesium, calcium, folic acid, vitamin C, E and beta-carotene and the antioxidant glutathione. Thought to be a cancer antagonist. Rich in fiber that helps control cholesterol. Spinach also provides octacosanol, a nutrient promoting stamina and energy.

Strawberry (How to Make Strawberries Juice)

          Strawberries are an excellent source of antioxidants that protect cell structures and prevent oxidative damage from free radicals. Their phenol content provides protection against heart disease, cancer, macular degeneration, inflammation and arthritis. Strawberries reduce age-related diseases of the brain, lower LDL cholesterol and protect the spleen & pancreas.

          Strawberries are an excellent source of Vitamins B, C & K, manganese, potassium, iodine, magnesium, copper and omega-3 fatty acids.

Watermelon (How to Make Watermelon Juice)

          Watermelon contains Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant and the source of a watermelon’s red coloring. Recent research suggests that lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, helps prevent some forms of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Watermelon also contains potassium, which is believed to help control blood pressure and possibly prevent strokes. Watermelon is also high in vitamin C and vitamin A, in the form of disease-fighting beta carotene.

Wheat Grass (How to Make Wheatgrass Juice)

          Wheat Grass is a concentrated superfood that contains 25% protein, a higher percentage than is contained in meat and fish, and is rich in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is called ‘the blood of the plants’, because it is a very similar structure to human hemoglobin, which also helps purify and detoxify major body systems (especially the liver, lungs and colon) and counteracts the growth of unfriendly bacteria. Wheat grass helps the body resist harm from x-rays, radiation therapy and air pollution.

(From Super Angel Juicer Operation Manual)

Nutrient Glossary (D-K)

Dandelion Leaf

          Dandelion Leaf is a blood purifier and liver tonic, which stimulates the liver to detoxify. High content of easily assimilable minerals, helps keep electrolytes in balance, removes excess water and increases bile flow. The leaf is high in potassium, which most diuretics leach from the body.

          High in nutrition to build the blood. A very nutritive herb with medicinal benefits of stimulating the liver and kidneys while absorbing toxins and soothing the digestive tract. Dandelion Leaf is abundant in calcium, iron, potassium, sodium, and vitamins A, C, and E.

Flax Seed

          Flax is the richest vegetable source of Omega 3 essential fatty acids. It is also the richest known source of lignans, a class of phytonutrients that have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-carcinogenic properties. Flax Seed is an exceptional source of dietary fiber, both soluble, and insoluble. Flax is high in boron, a trace mineral that helps the body hold onto calcium.

          The National Cancer Institute has chosen flax as one of the first five primary foodstuffs for study to determine health benefits of natural foods. From the Omega 3 essential fatty acids, the body produces series 3 prostaglandin’s. These act on the cellular level in a variety of disease fighting ways, that include anti-clotting actions in the blood stream, anti-inflammatory responses that alleviate or prevent such auto-immune diseases such as: arthritis, psoriasis, and asthma. They are involved in mechanisms of transport and metabolism of both cholesterol and triglycerides that result in a strong lowering effect on both of these cardiovascular factors.

          Series 3 prostaglandins increase vitality, energy, and stamina due to their involvement in the body’s process of oxidation, which, on a cellular level, is the way molecules are broken down to produce energy. Flax Seed is rich in: Essential fatty acid Omega 3, soluble and insoluble fiber, and boron. Flax Seed contains natural anti-oxidants, and has positive effects on dry skin, tissue inflammation and immune system dysfunction.

Garlic

          Garlic contains calcium, copper, essential oils, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sulfur, zinc, Vitamins A, B1, B2, C and the amino acid Allicin. Support s the body?s ability to regulate cholesterol levels, reduce blood pressure & blood clots, improve circulation and maintain a healthy heart.

          Stimulates immune system function, fights bacteria and detoxifies the body. Support s the body’s ability to defend itself against infection, colds, coughs, asthma, gastrointestinal problems and parasites. Preliminary evidence shows that the potent antioxidants in garlic that may help prevent cancer.

Ginger

          Ginger Root helps relieve nausea and upset stomach. Support s the circulatory, digestive and cardiovascular system. Helps ease cold, flu & allergy symptoms. Natural expectorant and anti-microbial. Posses antioxidant, antibiotic, inflammatory and pain relieving properties.

Gingko Biloba

          Gingko Biloba: The leaves have traditional uses in cardiac and vascular support, these actions relate partially to the antioxidant and ‘vitamin P’ activity in the flavonoid contents of quercetin, proanthocyanidins, isorhamnetin and luteolin, in addition to the turpenes ginkgolide and bilobalide. This herb is believed to inhibit water retention, enhance cellular energies, help oxygenate the blood, prevent clotting, promote glucose utilization, and improve brain functions, memory retention and boosts neurotransmission.

          Thought to help with depression and asthma. Improves cerebral and peripheral circulation, oxygenation and blood flow. Aids in the utilization of glucose. Adequate concentrations of glucose fuels the brain with energy. The brain cannot burn fat or protein only glucose. The breakdown of glucose increases energy and the burning of fat. Ginkgo has anti-oxidant properties in that it may protect the cells from free radical damage and improve overall blood circulation. Ginkgo may be effective in impotency due to arterial insufficiency.

Grape Seed Extract

          Grape Seed Extract has been found to be the most powerful antioxidant(free radical scavenger) known to man; 20x stronger than Vitamin C and 50x stronger than Vitamin E. The extract from grape seeds may have a purity of up to 95%. It is thought to sharpen mental alertness because it is one of the only (if not the only) antioxidants able to cross the blood-brain barrier. It is also thought to restore capillary activity to normal, strengthen capillary walls, and restore flexibility to arterial walls.

Grape Skin Extract (How to Make Grapes Juice)

          Grape Skin is rich in proanthocyanidin flavonoids, which have demonstrated a number of important biochemical properties: they act as free-radical scavengers, help resist blood vessel damage and skin damage, inhibit inflammatory enzymes, and inhibit histamine formation. Grape Skin has been shown to be 50 times more effective than vitamin E and 20 times stronger than vitamin C.

          These astounding properties may enable free radicals to be scavenged out of the body, while improving circulation, capillary activity, back pains, heal spurs, skin conditions, memory, and may be helpful with those affected by Attention Deficit Disorders. Grape Skin Antioxidants have been extensively researched in Europe , and have been widely used there for more than 20 years.

Grapefruit (How to Make Grapefruit Juice)

Grapefruit helps break down fat, lowers cholesterol and balances the blood sugar.

Kale (How to Make Kale Juice)

          Kale, like other members of the cabbage family, is a good source of vitamin C and is rich in phytochemicals, including sulforaphane and indoles, that may protect against cancer. Kale has a substantial mineral content, providing manganese as well as some iron, calcium, and potassium. There’s antioxidant vitamin E in the flavorful leaves as well.

 (From Super Angel Juicer Operation Manual)

Nutrient Glossary (A-C)

Apple (How to Make Apple Juice)

Apples provide whole-body benefits and really do keep the doctor away! They help to lower blood cholesterol and remove metals and toxins from the body, improve bowel function, reduce risk of stroke, lung, colon and prostate cancer, type II diabetes and asthma. The disease-fighting profile of apples provides a multitude of health benefits, including a potential decreased risk of cancer and heart disease. Apple improves digestion, colon health and promotes weight loss. Apples provide Vitamin C, B, iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, folic acid and fiber.

Asparagus

          Research has proven that asparagus does contain several substances which are vital to overall health. Asparagus is very rich in Folacin, a B vitamin which aids in the duplication of cells for growth, repair of the body and blood cell reproduction in the bone marrow. Folacin has recently been discovered to have a profound effect in the prevention of two of the most common neurological birth defects: spina bifida and anencephaly. Folacin has also been established as a nutrient that prevents cervical cancer.

          According to the National Cancer Institute, asparagus is the highest tested food containing Glutathione, one of the body’s most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants. Additionally, asparagus is high in Rutin, which aids in strengthening the blood vessels. Asparagus is also an excellent source of Potassium, Fiber, Vitamin B6, Vitamins A & C, Triamin and Folic Acid. source of Potassium, Fiber, Vitamin B6, Vitamins A & C, Triamin and Folic Acid.

Barley Grass (Organic)

          The health benefits of barley grass include increased energy levels, enhanced digestion and immunity, anti-inflammatory actions, antioxidant protection, and neutralization of pesticides and other toxins. Barley Grass contains more dietary fiber than bran and is a rich source of beta carotene, chlorophyll, iron, enzymes, vitamin C (seven times more than oranges) Vitamin B-12 (important for brain function), and 19 essential amino acids. It aids the body in DNA repair, helps improve stamina, and clarity of thought.

Beet Root (How to Make Beet Juice)

  • Contains Betaine, which helps maintain liver function.
  • The nucleic acids in beets nourish cells and supports cell respiration in the body.
  • Support s cardiovascular health.
  • Blood-supporting & building.
  • Support s the blood with beneficial minerals and natural sugars.
  • The body assimilates iron from the beet root more easily than any other known food – unlike other sources of
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  • Assists in maintaining cellular health.
  • Helps maintain whole body health.
  • Helps provide an easy assimilation of a wide spectrum of nutrients.
  • Digestive stimulator, kidney purifier.
  • Beets contain an abundance of Potassium, Niacin, Folic Acid, Zinc, Manganese, Magnesium, Chlorine, Phosphorus, Calcium, Sulfur, Iodine, Iron and Copper, as well as traces of the rare metals Rubidium and Cesium.
  • Beets contain Carbohydrates, some Protein and Fat, as well as Vitamins A, B1, B2, niacin, B6, B12, and C.

Broccoli

          Broccoli contains the phyto-nutrient Sulphoraphane. Sulforaphane belongs to a class of phytochemicals known as isothiocyanates, which are known to strongly stimulate the body’s natural detoxifying enzymes. Aids in Cancer prevention and cell detoxification. Broccoli is rich in vitamins A, C and folic acid and a full spectrum of minerals.

Cabbage

          Cabbage contains naturally occurring phytonutrients. These phytonutrients, such as sulforaphane, are believed to have powerful antioxidant and protective capabilities.

Cranberry (How to Make Cranberries Juice)

          Cranberries are well-known for treating & preventing urinary-tract infections, but they also protect against cancer, stroke and heart disease and are a natural antibacterial. Cranberries are rich in potent antioxidants – polyphenols and procyanidins. Cranberries help reduce cholesterol, gum disease and stomach ulcers and inhibit the growth of human breast cancer cells. High in Vitamin C and dietary fiber. The fruits contain a variety of compounds including anthocyanins, flavonol glycosides, catechin, various organic acids, and small amounts of alkaloids.

Carrot (How to Make Carrots Juice)

          Carrots provide an excellent source of alpha & beta carotene -antioxidants that inhibit free radical formation. Carrots contain Folic acid, Vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium. Carrots contain glutathione, which helps the body recycle vitamin E and increases the body’s production of white blood cells. Carrots support skin and eye health and the immune system.

  • Maintains a healthy circulation and supports the immune system.
  • Carrot juice is an extremely rich source of alpha and beta-carotene, which is converted by the body into pro-vitamin A (natural vitamin A). Vitamin A is essential for the normal development and health of many body tissues, including the skin and eyes. It is considered essential for the visual cycle (focusing the conversion of light stimuli into electrical impulses), pigment formation in the skin, and as an antioxidant in the cells. The level of Vitamin A required by the eyes can increase up to fifty-fold when working with a computer, watching television, driving a car at night, and reading and writing under artificial light, all of which place great demands on the eyes.
  • Beta-carotene is also a photochemical which research is now proving can help reduce disease risk, help fight infection and supports bone growth and maintenance.
  • Considered to be one of nature’s finest alkaline foods and has the ability to help maintain intestinal flora.
  • Carrot juice is a good source of folic acid, calcium, iron and magnesium, as well as vitamins B, C, E and K.
  • Carrot juice stimulates digestion and cleanse the liver.
  • Carrots contain glutathione, which helps the body recycle vitamin E and increases the body’s production of white blood cells.
  • Maintain healthy cellular function.
  • Due to its alkalizing action in the body, carrot juice is considered to be an excellent source of helping maintain proper pH balances.

Celery

          Celery is rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, folic acid, and potassium. Provides fiber and carbohydrates. Celery is thought to have a relaxing effect by calming the nerves.

Cucumber

          Cucumber is a powerful diuretic. It will help to expel uric acid from the body and is a valuable remedy for arthritis, gout, and rheumatism. Cucumber is also an excellent remedy for skin and hair problems due to its silicon and sulfur content combined with its powers as a diuretic. It is also useful in normalizing the blood pressure.

 (From Super Angel Juicer Operation Manual)

Guide To Juicing Fruits And Vegetables

          Juicing fruits and vegetables ensures that you retain all the nutrients available in your recipe. Juicing is very different from cooking or even chopping, and this is why fresh juices have been used to achieve health plans. The overweight are usually advised to consume liquid diets (usually raw fruit and vegetable juice) for some duration of time, in order to gain an attractive shape. The same advice is also given to those who are looking for natural ways of eliminating diseases such as cancer.

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Fruits on Barcelona Market (from Wikipedia)

          Knowing the right fruits and vegetables to include in your recipe is the main task, since different plants contain different types of nutrients. Combining the wrong types of plants can leave you many health complications, and so it is also important to know the right recipes for each health goal. Though fresh juices are usually natural, they can generate some unbearable effects and thus it is also important to know how a specific juice works, the recommended daily allowance and possible reactions. The following is a guide to juicing fruits and vegetables.

Preparation process

          Select as fruits and vegetables from each sub group. Fruits and vegetables are sub divided into various classes, and each of these sub categories supplies you with different types of nutrients.

          Choose only the most fresh fruits and vegetables in order to boost your yield. Fresh fruits and vegetables also ensure that your juice contains all the vital nutrients required by your body. Fruits and vegetables are perishable products that lose their nutrient value with time. Therefore, it is advisable to juice them when fresh. If you have a fridge, you can buy them in bulk and keep them there. However, it is important to note that some fruits and vegetables cannot be refrigerated.

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Fruit Basket – Balthasar van der Ast (1593 – 1657) (Wikipedia)

          Always wash your fruits and vegetables with cold water before juicing. This ensures that you obtain clean juice for your health needs. Washing also cleans away any bacteria or dirt that might have attached themselves to the fruit or vegetable.

          Sometimes, you will be required to chop your fruits and vegetables into small pieces in preparation for juicing. This depends on the type of juicer you are using, since some juicers have enough knives to do the cutting. If your fruits and vegetables are extremely fibrous, you may have to go through some extra step of zapping it to release the juices held between the fibers.

The juicing process

          This is the most crucial time. The real juicing process may not take long, but you need ample time to do some thorough work. The average juicing time is 25 minutes, depending on the amount of juice you want and the type of juicer you are using. Some juicers are slower than others, and some ingredients take longer than others.

          The most important thing to consider here is the type of juicer you use. Select a juicer that is suitable for the types of fruits and vegetables you are juicing. Different ingredients require different types of juicers. Tougher fruits and vegetables require a more advanced juicer than softer fruits and vegetables. In addition, you need to consider hygienic value of your juicer.

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The Farmer’s Market in Lhasa, near the Potala palace – Tibet (Wikipedia)

          Some juicers give a yield that is full of pulp, while others have a filter that separates pulp from juice. You also need to consider your juicing experience and select a juicer that matches your current juicing experience. There are juicers for everyone, from the first time user to the most advanced users. Generally, the best juicer might be costly but will give you value for your money.

Serving time

          It is always recommended for you to serve juices immediately, because most of them are oxidized by air thus losing their nutritional value. Juices work better if served in the morning, or as a mid morning snack. Your body requires more nutrients in the morning in order to be able to accomplish the daily tasks, and so the best time to take fruit and vegetable juices is during the morning hours.

          Juices also help with the natural detoxification process, which is effective during the early morning hours. People who take fresh fruit and vegetable juices as the first meal of the day are stronger and healthier than those who take the same juices later in the day.

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Vegetables in market (Wikipedia)

Preservation and storage

          Fresh juice is better when taken immediately. However, you can keep your juice for later consumption. In this case, you can keep it in an airtight container especially if you will consume it in the course of the day. However, some juices can be kept in their frozen state for even up to 3 months. It is important to know the best storage method of your juice in order to obtain maximum benefit. Nevertheless, it is advisable to avoid artificial preservatives as they reduce the value of your juice.

          Juicing fruits and vegetables is the best health alternative for people who are concerned about wellness, and so it is good to learn how to handle each ingredient in your juicing recipe.

Some Good Books:

1. James PetersonVegetables, Revised: The Most Authoritative Guide to Buying, Preparing, and Cooking, with More than 300 Recipes

2. Matthew BiggsVegetables, Herbs and Fruit: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

Vitamins and Minerals from Juices

 BenefitsSources
Vitamin AImproves Vision, Healthy Immune System, Growth & Development of Cells, Healthy Skin.Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Kale, Cantaloupe, Apricots, Peaches, Papayas, Mangos.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)Forming Collagen, Healthy Bones, Teeth, Gums, Blood Vessels. Helps the body absorb Iron & Calcium, Wound Healing, Brain Function.Red Berries, Kiwi, Red & Green Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Broccoli, Spinach, Juices made from Guava, Grapefruit, Orange.
Vitamin
E
Antioxidant & Helps protect Cells from damage. Healthy Red Blood Cells.Green Leafy Vegetables
Vitamin B6For Normal Brain & Nerve Function. Body Breakdown Proteins. Making Red Blood Cells.Potatoes, Bananas, Beans, Seeds, Nuts, Spinach
Riboflavin (vitamin B2)Essential for Turning Carbohydrates into Energy. Producing Red Blood Cells. Improving Vision.Green Leafy Vegetables, Broccoli, Asparagus
Folate ( vitamin B9)Making Red Blood Cells. Making DNA.Green Leafy Vegetables, Asparagus, Oranges & other Citrus Fruits.
CalciumBuilding Strong Bones & Teeth (Osteoporosis)Broccoli, Dark Green leafy Vegetables, Orange Juice, Soymilk
IronHelps Red Blood Cells carry oxygen to all parts of the body. Symptoms of Iron-Deficiency Anemia include Weakness and Fatigue, Lightheadedness, Shortness of Breath.Lentils, Beans, Soy Foods, Green Leafy Vegetables, Raisins.
MagnesiumHelps Muscles and Nerves Function, Steadies the Heart Rhythm, Keeps Bones Strong. It also helps the body create energy and make proteins.Nuts, Seeds, Green Leafy Vegetables, Potatoes, Beans, Avocados, Bananas, Kiwi, Broccoli
PotassiumHelps with Muscle and Nervous System Function. It also helps the body maintain the balance of water in the blood and body tissues.Broccoli, Potatoes (with skins), Green Leafy Vegetables, Citrus Fruits, Bananas, Dried Fruits, Legumes such as Peas, Lima Beans.

Important Safeguards for Juicers

When using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions should always be followed including the following:

  • To protect against risk of electrical shock, do not put the motor base in water or other liquid. Always do not allow water to get into the motor base unit (main body) of the machine.
  • Close supervision is necessary when any appliance is used by or near children. Always keep the juice extractor away from children.
  • Unplug from outlet when not in use, before putting on or taking off parts and before cleaning. DO NOT assemble or disassemble while the power cord is plugged in.
  • Avoid contact with moving parts.
  • DO NOT operate any appliances with a damaged cord or plug, or after the appliance malfunctions or is dropped or damaged in any manner.
  • Return appliance to the nearest authorized service facility for examination, repair or electrical adjustment.
  • The use of attachments not recommended or sold by the manufacturer may cause fire, electric shock or injury.
  • DO NOT use outdoors.
  • DO NOT let cord hang over edge of table or counter, or touch hot surfaces.
  • DO NOT place on or near a hot gas or electric burner or in a heated oven.
  • DO NOT operate the machine on an unstable surface.
  • DO NOT use appliance for other than intended use.
  • Be sure to switch to off position after each use of your juicer. DO NOT unplug the power cord with wet hands. This may cause an electric shock.
  • DO NOT lift the juicer with wet hands because it is heavy and it may accidentally slip from your grip.
  • DO NOT put any articles such as spoons or forks or knives into the feeding chute on any circumstances. ONLY use the wooden pusher provided.
  • DO NOT put your fingers or other objects into the juicer opening while it is in operation. If food becomes lodged in the opening, use the plunger or another piece of fruit to push it down. When this method is not possible, turn the motor off and disassemble juicer to remove the remaining food.
  • DO NOT plug in until familiar with all the instructions and operating procedures.
  • DO NOT unplug from electrical outlet by pulling on the cord. To unplug, grasp the plug, not the cord, and pull.
  • Turn off all controls before unplugging from or plugging into an electrical outlet.

When you use your juice extractor continuously, stop operation for 10 minutes after every 30 minutes use.

FRUITSVITAMINSMINERALS
 Apples A, B1, B2, B6, biotin, folic acid and pantothenic acid choline, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, silicon, sodium and sulfer
 Cherries A, C, B1, B2, folic acid and niacin calcium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, Potassium, Contains powerful alkalizing properties.
 Cranberries A, C, B-complex and folic acid calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium and enzymes
 Grapes A, B1, B2, C and niacin magnesium, manganese and phosphorous
 Grapefruit B-complex, C, E, K, biotin and inositol calcium, phosphorous and potassium
 Lemons  C and citric acid Very strong cleanser.
 Limes C and citric acid Very strong cleanser.
 Melons A, B-complex and C High in enzymes.
 Oranges A, B-complex, B1, B2, B6, C, K, biotin, folic acid and niacin copper, flourine, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous,  potassium, silicon and zinc
 Papayas A and C High in enzymes and good cleanser.
 Peaches A, B1, B2, C, and niacin calcium, iron, phosphorous and potassium
 Pears A, B1, B2, C, folic acid and niacin phosphorous and potassium
 Pineapples C choline and potassium. High in enzymes.
 Strawberries C holine and potassium. High in enzymes.
 Watermelons     chlorophyll, enzymes and good cleanser
VEGETABLES VITAMINSMINERALS
 Asparagus A, B1 (thiamine), C, choline, folic acid potassium
 Beets A, C, chlorophyll, B6 calcium, potassium, choline and iron
 Cabbage B6, C iodine, potassium and sulfur
 Carrots A, C potassium, calcium, phosphorus and carotene
 Celery  organic alkaline minerals (balances blood PH levels)
 Cucumbers Good diuretic Potassium
 Fennel  alkaline, calcium and magnesium content
 Kale A and chlorophyll calcium
 Parsley A, C, and chloropyll calcium
 Parsnips  calcium
 Radishes C choline, phosphorus, potassium
 Spinach A, B complex, chlorophyll calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium
Summer squash B1, B2, niacin 
 Peppers A, C potassium
 Tomatoes C calcium
 WatercressC and chlorophyll potassium, choline, phosphorous, sulfur and calcium

How To Choose The Best Juicer

          Because there are thousands of juice extractors on the market, you should ask yourself, before purchasing a juicer, what are important to you, when making your choice?  There are some factors you should take into consideration:

  • easy to cleaning
  • speed of juicing (in rotation or watt power)
  • what you will be juicing: fruits or vegetables
  • noise level
  • length of warranty

          Juice extractor is a machine that mechanically separates juice from the pulp (solid part) of most fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, and herbs. The pulp is usually discarded, but can also be used in muffins and breads or composting. On market exists manual or electric juice extractors. Most juice extractors are electric, which requires less effort than their manual counterparts. Also, a  juicer differs from a blender be cause a juicer separates the juice from the pulp.

          Before purchasing a juicer, the most important thing to ask yourself is what type of juice do you want to drink? Some juicers are ideal for fruits and vegetables but they are unable to extract wheatgrass. For wheatgrass you must select a centrifugal juicer.

There are three main types of juicer (Wikipedia):

  • centrifugal juicers – use blades and a sieve to separate juice from pulp (but cannot break the fibers of the grass); cuts up the fruit or vegetable with a flat cutting blade at a high speed, to separate the juice from the pulp
  • masticating juicers – ‘chew’ fruit to a pulp before squeezing out the juice (good for wheatgrass); uses a profiled screw style moulding to compact and crush fruit and vegetable matter against a static screen, allowing juice to flow through the screen while pulp is expelled through a separate outlet
  • triturating juicers – that have twin gears to first crush fruit and then press it (good for wheatgrass)
  • citrus juicer – it works like the centrifugal juicer but is specialized for citrus (the strainer baskets catch the pulp)

          Today, on market there are several styles of juicers and there is no perfect juicer that will perform every juicing operation with equal quality. Before purchasing an appliance, please evaluate your needs carefully. Also, you can find many juice recipes and several kinds of juicers to choose from, but first you must know that most juicing tips and techniques include recommendations to use a juicer that does not create excess heat, because the excess heat can destroy valuable nutrients existing in fruits and vegetables.

          There is not a perfect juicer because fruits and vegetables have different properties. Fruits require a gentle extraction method. On the other hand, vegetables have fibrous, that requiring more aggressive mechanical juicing action than fruit. Due to their low acid content, it is recommended that vegetable juices be consumed within 15 minutes of their preparation, since it has been demonstrated that enzyme activity in juice 30 minutes old is one-half that of freshly made juice. The juices that are sold in the store (in the bottled or canned) will never oxidize because the juice has been heated to deactivate all the enzymes.

          At HowToJuice.org the reviews you’ll find on the product pages may help you to decide which juicer is right for what you want to do.

          If you invest in a juicer and use it daily, you’ll start feeling healthier and more energized that you thought was possible. There are a lot more features to consider when buying a juicer, so I recommend to watch the video below, were you can see several types of juicers and wich explain all of the features of these juicers and how to properly choose one that is perfect to you.

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