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.
• 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.