Juicing Health Benefits

Juicing is the one trend hitting the big city that is making the National Cancer Institute’s job a little easier in spreading their cancer prevention message. If you have noticed that juice bars have suddenly started cropping up in more city delis and corner trucks then you are not alone. Juicing has finally hit mainstream in a big way. Grocery stores all across the country are also jumping on the bandwagon, offering pints, quarts, and half gallons of fresh-squeezed orange juice or recently-pulped carrot juice. Now instead of meeting over a cup of joe or a glass of wine, folks are choosing to sit down with their favorite juice. Many people are also now opting to make the few hundred dollar investment for a good juicer to create their own home juice bar in order to making juicing a part of their daily diet for a healthier lifestyle. When it comes to juicing, there is a wide selection of healthy juices of all sorts of fruits and vegetables to choose from such as: carrot, wheat grass, kale, cucumber, spinach cabbage, celery, beet, lettuce, parsley, mango, papaya, pineapple, watermelon, cranberry, grapefruit, and apple.

The National Cancer Institute recently began a campaign to help motivate people to eat more fruits and vegetables in their diet. They recommend an individual consume five servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables on a daily basis to prevent or possible even cure a wide range of ailments such as; breast cancer, cancer of the colon, esophagus, stomach, lungs, ovaries, etc. Promising, cutting edge research indicate that the chemicals in plants known as phytochemicals offer protection against cancer causing substances thereby decreasing the possibility of damage occurring in a cells’ DNA. These studies have cited that the phytochemicals could potentially prevent or cure many cancer causing ailments, as well as heart disease, asthma, arthritis, and allergies.

The vegetables and fruits that require special mention in the fight against cancer are:

• Green vegetables such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale have high levels of phytochemicals that offer protection against cancer-causing substances. Other vegetables including carrots, celery, cilantro, parsley, and parsnips also offer high levels of phytochemicals

• The foods and herbs with the highest anticancer activity include garlic, soybeans, ginger, licorice

• Citrus fruits have substances that make it easier for your body to remove carcinogens, thus decreasing the chance of contracting cancer. Grapes contain a phytochemical that appears to protect each cell’s’ DNA from damage.

Since many people say they would like to incorporate more vegetables and fruits to their diet on a daily basis but just don’t have the time for such food preparation in their busy lives. So instead they miss out on all of the numerous health benefits that fruits and vegetables provide. Juicing provides an easy way for people on the run to get the daily nutrients their body needs. Juicing could be the answer to our nation’s fruit and vegetable deficient diet. We are simply not eating enough fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. The average American eats only 1 1/2 serving of vegetables and typically little to no fruit on average on a daily basis. If you don’t enjoy eating fresh fruits and vegetables, juicing is solution for you in how to incorporate them into your daily diet.

Benefits:

• When you juice, you use more fruits and vegetables than you could actually eat. As a result, you are drinking a densely packed amount of vitamins, minerals and other plant-based nutrients.

• Juicing will add chlorophyll to your daily diet which is a substance found exclusively in plants and known as the very substance in blood that is responsible for transporting oxygen.

• Fresh Juice has the ability to deliver enzymes which are another important group of nutrients. Enzymes are essential for digestion and absorption and conversion of food into body tissue, and for the production of energy at the cellular level. Enzymes are destroyed by heat but since fruits and vegetables are juiced raw, the enzymes are still viable at the time you ingest the juice.

• Fruit and vegetable juices are good sources of the traditional nutrients. Citrus fruits (grapefruit, oranges, etc.) are a good source of vitamin C. Carrot juice is a good source of vitamin A, in the form of beta carotene. A number of green juices are a good source of vitamin E. Fruit juices in general are a good source of essential minerals like iron, copper, potassium, sodium, iodine, and magnesium.

• Important nutrients are available to the body in much larger quantities than if the piece of fruit or vegetable was eaten whole because the nutrients are trapped in the fruit’s fiber.

• Fruits and vegetables provide pure, clean water which is absolutely essential for good health yet most people don’t consume enough each day. More than 65% of most of the cells in the human body are made of water, and in some tissues, for example the brain, the cells can be made up of as much as 80% water.

• The body can quickly absorb larger amounts of nutrients from juices than from solid foods because the process of digestion that is necessary when you eat whole foods is bypassed.

• Juicing also ensures that the body is getting sufficient amounts of phytochemicals, substances in plants that are considered among the most powerful ways to fight disease. While most people do not eat enough raw fruits and vegetables to obtain the amount of phytochemicals that would make a difference, it is relatively easy to drink enough juice to obtain sufficient amounts of these powerful nutrients. In addition, antioxidants and other immune enhancing properties are concentrated in juices.

• Ultimately with all of the added nutrients and minerals juicing provides, it will boost one’s immune system; help to accelerate recovery from illness; help remove toxins from one’s body; will detoxify the liver; improve the cardiovascular system and heart health: (both antioxidant vitamins C and E prevent the damaging effect of free radicals on artery walls); improve brain function; slows down the aging process; improve joint function; increase energy levels; help to prevent sun damage and rebuild blood cells.

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Benefits of Mango

Facts About Mango

Tropical climate, with its long dry season suits mango even though there are isolated cases of the fruit being grown successfully in Europe. It is seasonal fruit that is believed to be originating from the sub-Himalayas. Some documents indicate that mango was around 4000 or more years ago!

“The king of the fruit” by all means deserves the title. Mango is nutritionally rich fruit with an incredible fragrance, flavor, sweetness levels, texture and taste that tends to capture taste buds of even the most choosy and prominent flavor seekers. Flavor is pleasant and rich: the fruit tastes sweet but the high water content is providing the balancing act. Quality mango fruit features sweetness and creaminess with good balance of water and fibrous content. With such versatility, mango is a perfect addition to fruit creams, raw ice creams, nut yogurts, raw desserts, raw chocolates, fruit and other salads as well as smoothies, breakfast muesli and shakes. This is not where the story ends. This is where it actually begins.

Mango For Health

Mango contains an incredible array of health building nutrients. It is rich in B vitamins. Anti-oxidant vitamins A and C are present in remarkable quantities. Alkaline minerals such as potassium and magnesium are found in mangoes, so are copper and iron. Being rich in iron, mango is suitable for individuals with iron deficiencies, such as anemia.

Mango is an alkaline fruit that is rich in organic water, numerous other anti-oxidants and phyto hormones, dietary fiber and so on.

Valuable anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin A, C alongside remarkable phyto nutrients content attribute to considerable free radicals fighting and anti cancer properties.

Despite rich sweet flavor, mango has low GI factor of 45-55 and GI factor of 8. It is suitable for type 2 diabetics but the diabetics are advised to consume no more than one mango a day.

As an alkaline substance that is rich in organic water, electrolytes, living enzymes, phyto nutrients and other health restoring nutrients, mango is an excellent digestive and detoxifying agent.

So called mango latex allergy especially with raw, unripe mangoes is common in some sensitive individuals. Immediate reactions may include itchiness at the corners of the mouth, lips, and at the tip of the tongue. That allergy is not present if consuming ripen mango.

Mango For Skin

Being vitamin, mineral and anti-oxidant rich, mango comes with potent skin anti aging properties. The simplest way to use it is by rubbing the fresh remains of mango flesh, left on the stone on our face and neck. Turn the stone so that the edge of it faces your face and rub it gently all over the face and the neck, avoiding the eyes. Repeat 2-3 minutes later, leave for another 2 minutes then rinse off. This is wonderful natural skin tonic, with skin regenerating and protective properties.

Mango In The Kitchen

What can be made using mango in the kitchen? Mango is ideal for fruit salads, fruit shakes, fruit creams, fruit yogurts, smoothies, fruit cake creams or for making raw fruit cakes including a simple fruit crumble (recipe supplied), for making mango chutney or for drying it and storing to use for fruit compotes or as sweetener and so on.

How to cut mango? Peel the mango thinly first. Cut lengthwise, about ½ cm from the middle, making sure not to cut into the seed. Cut both sides, with the seed remaining in the middle, untouched. Put the two large halves of mango aside and cut around the central seed to remove remaining flesh.

Mango On a Hot Summer Day

Due to its sweetness and water content, mango can be used for preparation of delicious summer coolers. Some ideas could be as follows:

· In a mix with plain yogurt in 1:1 ratio, with addition of a few finely chopped fresh mint leaves, mango creates true refreshing creamy snack on a hot summer day;

· Mango juice with added lime juice can be frozen and added to flavor and cool drinking water;

· One peeled mango and 2 glasses of fine ice, blended in high power blender make a fantastic refreshing fruit shake.

Delightful Raw Mango Crumble Recipe

Ingredients (base):

4 large sweet ripe mangoes, peeled and cubed

2 tbsp roughly chopped almonds

1tsp finely chopped mint leaves

generous squeeze of lime or lemon juice

Preparation:Spread cubed mangoes over a glass dish (approx 24cmx16cm). Sprinkle with chopped almonds and chopped mint. Squeeze lime juice over the mixture and leave in the fridge while you prepare crumble topping.

Ingredients (crumble topping):

1½ cups ground almonds or cashews

½ cup finely desiccated coconut

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

½ cup raw coconut butter

1/2 tsp stevia in 3 tbsp water (or 2 tbsp raw organic agave nectar)

pinch of sea salt to enhance flavor of other ingredients

Preparation: Mix dry ingredients first: ground almonds, desiccated coconut, nutmeg and salt. Add coconut butter and stevia combined with water (or agave nectar) and mix thoroughly with fingers to form crumble. Sprinkle over the fruit and refrigerate for further 2hrs.

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Health Benefits of Drinking Flavored Water

Drinking plenty of water can cure most of your body problems. A person should at least drink 6 to 8 glasses of water each day. As water is tasteless, many people find it difficult to drink that much water. Their problem can be solved if they add flavored drops in the water. Nowadays, in a departmental, local or online store you can find flavored drops. Just add a few drops in your water and see the difference. Following water flavors are available in the market and there health benefits are described below:

Blueberry Pomegranate Flavor:

Adding this flavor in water can provide various health benefits. Some Health benefits of Blueberry are it is high in antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, Improves memory and eyesight, slows aging etc. Pomegranate helps in fighting cancer, protects the Neonatal Brain, Prevention of Osteoarthritis, protects from Arteries, lowers Blood pressure the list is endless. Making a fruit juice is a tedious work. By just adding a few drops of this flavor in water you can reap various benefits.

Orange Mango flavor:

You can get good taste when this flavor is added in water. Just add 4-5 drops per 8 ounces of water. Nutritional facts of orange are it is a good source of minerals such as calcium, iron, sodium, copper, potassium, magnesium and sulfur etc. This fruit is known for Vitamin C content. Some health benefits of Mango flavor are it is good for indigestion, dental care, pyorrhea, bone health, respiratory problems, cough, cold, acne etc. Health benefits of Mango are it is good for eye disorders, heat stroke, diabetes, bacterial infections, diarrhea etc. By just drinking one glass of this mixed flavor you can enjoy its benefits.

Peach flavor:

Peach is beneficial for individuals suffering from aliments like Acidosis, Dry Cough, Gastritis, High blood pressure, Poor Digestion, Nephritis etc. Peaches can make your skin look healthy and also add color to the complexion. Many people like to add peach flavored drops in their water to get that taste.

Pear flavor: Nutritional benefits of pear are it is rich in copper, phosphorous and potassium. It is an excellent source of water-soluble fiber. Being rich in vitamin C, pears have antioxidant properties and are said to protect body cells from oxygen-related damage caused by free radicals. People, who like pear fruit, will drink peach flavored water also. By just adding 4-5 drops in water you can enjoy the taste of peach.

Peppermint flavor: Capella peppermint flavor contains certain health benefits. This water is unsweetened and has zero calories.

Capella Flavor drops are a highly concentrated, water soluble pure flavoring which requires just drops per serving. Flavor drops can dissolve instantly. Use them to flavor shakes, smoothies, baked goods, water or even fresh brewed coffee or tea. These flavored drops do not have fats, calories or sweeteners.

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