The Best Fruits and Vegetables to Juice
If anyone who is planning to start juicing wonders which fruits and vegetables to start with, there are indeed some of them which are excellent for the daily diet and one should start juicing with them. These particular fruits and veggies are good as part of the normal diet, if the user is juicing fasting and also if they are juicing for cleansing. Here they are.
Papaya is on the top of the list of foods that help in digestion. It consists of an enzyme known as papain that breaks down protein. If a person has digestive issues, they may try juicing papaya daily, particularly after meals. Adding any kind of mint to the papaya juice will intensify papaya’s digestive properties even more. Also, vitamin C is replenished in the body by papayas. Papaya also protects against cancer.
Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable and is packed with antioxidants and also rich in vitamin C. Having raw broccoli a few times a week reduces the risk of cancer of lung, breast and colon. However, it can also be juiced. It can be mixed with tomato juice. Because of its chlorophyll content it also helps in regulating blood sugar and insulin.
For more information about broccoli, check our Health Benefits of Broccoli article.
Spinach has very low glycemic index and glycemic load. It is rich in various minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, greatly improving the quality of juices made at least partly using the spinach. In many ares it is available year long in the form of fresh leaves.
Apples are rich in antioxidants, help reduce cholesterol, cleanse digestive system and help boost immune system. They are also good for softening strong or bitter juice because they go with almost any other fruit or vegetable. They are also packed with nutrients that help in digestion of fats.
For more information about broccoli, check our Health Benefits of Apples article.
Tomatoes are excellent for juicing and also are best for one’s health. They reduce the risk of cancer (particularly testicular cancer in men) and because of their high amount of lycopene, they are good for heart health too. The best point about them is that they mix well with several vegetables and offer a pleasant taste to the juice.
If anyone is keeping away from carrots because they are sweet and delicious, they may miss out a lot of helpful nutrients in carrots. Carrots are loaded with beta carotene which is turned into vitamin A by the body and is great for brain and skin, and for protection of arteries, fighting cancer and infections and boosting the immune system. Studies have shown that they help in eliminating putrefactive bacteria in the colon and clearing intestine of parasites. They can be mixed with several ingredients, even with apples.
7. Cabbage and Kale
The simple-looking cabbage is great for stomach. If someone has ulcer problems, they should include cabbage juice in their juicing vegetable list. It also fights cancer and is loaded with indoles that help in balancing estrogen level and regulating metabolism. It’s a great detoxifier too. Though it’s not very great to taste alone, its peculiar flavor can be easily masked by other tasty fruits and vegetables.
For more information about broccoli, check our Health Benefits of Kale article.
With their distinct flavor, pineapples are favorites of almost everyone. Plus they are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral. They help to dissolve blood clots and also contain an enzyme known as bromelain that is important for digesting proteins.
Loaded with antioxidants, berries are the best for one’s general health. They have antibacterial and antiviral properties. They are also good for the blood. Black currants and blueberries help in urinary infections and diarrhea. Raspberries help alleviate menstrual cramps. Strawberries loaded with lycopene are useful for cardiovascular system. But berries are not easy to juice. Still, they should be an essential part of one’s juicing regimen.
Celery is known to cleanse uric acid from digestive system. Thus it’s helpful in gout issues. One more of its benefits is to lower blood pressure as it is rich in potassium. It’s also great for water retention and bloating because it’s a potent diuretic. If anyone is starting juicing detoxification, celery should be an essential component of the juicing regimen. It should be remembered that tops of celery contain potassium and so, they should be juiced too to maintain the balance with sodium contained in their stalks.
Wheatgrass is one of the most beneficial greens. It helps in faster recovery for the sick and helps increase red blood cell count. It’s also high in indoles and thus helps prevent cancer. It neutralizes free radicals and helps in DNA repair. It consists of more than 20 enzymes including catalase which breaks down the hazardous hydrogen peroxide and thus prevents it from damaging cells. Wheatgrass is packed with nutrients including vitamin A, potassium, magnesium and chlorophyll among several others. The only nutrients seemingly lacking in it are vitamins B12 and D. Wheatgrass has been successfully reversed cancer in many people. Although it’s quite easy to grow and is even easily available today, sadly not all juicers can juice it easily. Those having a juicer that cannot juice wheatgrass have to buy specialized wheatgrass juicer.
Cranberries have been found to prevent bacterial growth in prostate, bladder and kidneys. They also deodorize urine. They contain proanthocyanidins which protects the entire urinary tract from getting an infection. They are antibacterial and antiviral. They can also prevent formation of kidney stone. Due to their extreme tartness, they should be combined with either water or another fruit while juicing to make them palatable.
13. Dandelion Greens
Apart from its general leafy green advantages including chlorophyll, dandelion is particularly good for cleansing liver, kidneys, bowels, pancreas and gallbladder. It’s a mild diuretic and helps with diabetes, anemia and hypoglycemia (lower blood sugar). It’s packed with iron, calcium, potassium and manganese and helps in acne because it can clear elimination blockages.
14. Sweet Potatoes
Yes, sweet potatoes can be juiced too. They have an exclusive amount of beta carotene, vitamin C, copper, vitamin B6, manganese, iron and potassium. They are anti-inflammatory and can help with arthritis and other kinds of inflammation.
Parsley is loaded with chlorophyll and therefore is excellent for the health of blood. It has anti-parasitic properties and offers a spark of energy. It cleanses liver, helps with stones in kidneys and gallbladder and boosts heart health. Many people experience alleviation in their arthritis with parsley. It can be mixed with juices of other leafy greens and it will be hardly tasted.
16. Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits are among the best and most popular fruits to juice. They are very juicy and are easy to juice, and contain bioflavonoids, carotenoids and loads of vitamin C that helps fight cancer. They help reduce arterial plaque and thus reduce blood pressure. They are antibacterial and antiviral too. While picking citrus fruits for juicing it should be made sure they are fully ripe because if picked too early, they can be acidic.
For more information about broccoli, check our Health Benefits of Lemon, Lemonade and Lemon Water article.
Melons are super tasty and super nutritious too. They are natural diuretics and therefore powerful detoxifiers and cleansers. They are high in water content and thus are great to rehydrate one’s body, particularly after a workout. All melons are antibacterial and antiviral, and cantaloupes are high in beta carotene.
Beet can be one of the healthiest choices for juicing being a great source of antioxidants, including zeaxanthin and lutein. Beet leaves contain iron, beta-carotene and calcium and so, should be added while juicing.