Top 10 Healthy Juices

Top 10 Healthy Juices

Are you just getting started on juicing for health? Or, have you been juicing for a while? Are you wondering what juices are the best juices to reach your goals? Maybe you are juicing for Energy? Weight Loss? Healing? General Health? Read this post to find out what are my Top 10 Healthy Juices.

Homemade vs Packaged Juice

Let’s get something out of the way first. What we are going to be talking about here is homemade juice, not store bought packaged juice. Why?

Almost all packaged juice has been pasteurized, i.e. heated to destroy bacteria. This is done in order to extend its shelf life and purify it of any potentially harmful bacteria. However, this also destroys many of the nutrients. Most packaged products also contain additives, such as chemicals and sugar, to enhance their color and flavor.

Homemade juice is pure juice without pasteurization or additives unless you do something to it. This makes homemade juice much more nutrient-rich, healthy and beneficial for you.

Top 10 Healthy Juices

Here’s the list of my top 10 healthy juices and their benefit:

  1. Antioxidant (from Health.com)

    Top 10 Healthy Juices - Mango
    Mango
  • Mango, 2 cups (peel and remove seed)
  • Blueberries, 1 cup
  • Strawberries, 1 cup
  1. Green Power (from Health.com)

  • Kale, 1-cup – rich in Vitamin K for bones, blood and muscles, also iron to fight fatigue
  • Seedless Grapes, 1 cup
  • 1 English Cucumber
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple (small)
  1. ABC’s of Energy Juice (by Gwen at delightfuladventures.com)Top 10 Healthy Juices - Beets

  • A – 2 Granny Smith Apples
  • B – 2 medium Raw Beets – betalain for liver detox
  • C – 3 Carrots
  • 1/2 of an English Cucumber
  • 2″ piece of Fresh Ginger – anti-viral and adds zing
  1. Immunity Booster – (from draxe.com)

  • 1 bunch of Kale
  • 1/2 bunch of Parsley or Cilantro
  • 1 Green Apple (cut and seeded)
  • 2″ piece of Fresh Ginger
  • Garlic, 1-clove, (peeled)
  • 1 Lemon or Lime (peeled)
  • Cucumber (ends removed)
  1. Grand Daddy Purple Juice – (from breastcancermaven.com)

  • 1 bunch purple Kale – to slow growth of cancer
  • 1/4 head Red Cabbage – rich in Vitamin K and anti-cancer compoundsTop 10 Healthy Juices - Red Cabbage
  • 1 Red Beet – lowers risk of breast cancer
  • Carrots, 1 or 2 – antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
  • 1″ piece of Ginger
  • 1 Lemon – antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
  1. Red Spark Energy Juice (from lindawagner.com)

  • 2 Pink Grapefruits, peeled
  • 3 medium Blood Oranges, peeled
  • Navel Orange, peeled
  • 1-pint Strawberries
  • 1/2 cup Blackberries
  • make 32 ounces
  1. Green Diuretic for Weight Loss (from juicingwithg.com)Top 10 Healthy Juices - Cucumber

  • 1 medium Cucumber – diuretic to flush out water
  • 2 – 3 stalks Celery – diuretic and anti-inflammatory
  • Carrot, 1 small – for sweetness
  • Green Apple – for sweetness
  • 1 – 2 handfuls of Spinach – rich in vitamins and antioxidants
  1. Fat Dissolver Juice (from lindawagner.com)

  • 1 Pink Grapefruit
  • 2 Oranges, peeled
  • Mint, 1 bunch
  • Romaine Lettuce, 1 head
  1. Kale-Aid (from elizabethrider.com)Top 10 Healthy Juices - Kale

  • 5 large Kale leaves – high in carotenoids and other antioxidants, vitamins A, B6, and C, K, iron, potassium, and flavonoids
  • Cucumbers, 1-2 large
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Apple
  • Ginger, 1″ knob (peeled)
  • Celery, 1-2 stalks
  1. Juicing for diabetics should follow the 80/20 rule – 80% of the juice from vegetables / 20% from fruits in order to keep the sugar content low. Check with your doctor before starting a “juicing” diet for diabetes treatment.

This is not a recipe but a list of vegetables and fruits helpful to diabetics. Pick and choose. Experiment until you find a recipe that tastes good to you. Just remember the 80/20 rule.

Veggies

  • Asparagus – to regulate blood sugar levelsTop 10 Healthy Juices - Fruit & Vegetables
  • Bitter Melon – for Charantin and Polypeptide P, known to help lower blood sugar levels by increasing glucose uptake inside the cells of the liver, muscle, and fatty tissue
  • Broccoli – for vitamin C and beta-carotene helping vision, is anti-inflammatory and helps support detox
  • Celery – to cleanse uric acid from digestive system
  • French Green Beans – to help prevent macular degeneration and reduce pressure in the eyes
  • Kale – low in calories and carbohydrates, high in protein, has vitamins A, C & K, and 45 different flavonoids for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits
  • Milk Thistle – helps raise glutathione, an important antioxidant in fighting diabetes
  • Red Onions – also high in antioxidants that help balance blood sugar
  • Spinach – has beta-carotene, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant helpful to diabetics
  • Tomatoes – contain lycopene, an antioxidant that may help control blood sugar levels

Fruits

  • Blueberries – high in phytochemicals which have been shown to help prevent type 2 diabetes and improve insulin sensitivityTop 10 Healthy Juices - Watermelon
  • Carrots – to stimulate liver function and reduce insulin resistance. High in sugar so count as fruit in 80/20 rule
  • Cranberries – anti-inflammatory
  • Green Apple – slows carbohydrate and glucose digestion and absorption. Also, stimulates the pancreas.
  • Raspberries – high in antioxidants that help to reduce inflammation and may help protect against macular degeneration
  • Red Grapefruit – for antioxidants that help to lower blood sugar levels
  • Watermelon – to lower blood pressure which is important to diabetics

Find out more about fruit and vegetable nutrition facts at Fruits and Veggies More Matters.

Conclusion

Do you need a juicer to make these healthy beverages? If so, have a look at my SmallKitchenAppliancesForYou/Juicers page and find out which type will best suit your needs.

Do you have a favorite healthy recipe that you would like to share? Leave it or any other comments or questions in the comment box below.

4 Replies to “Top 10 Healthy Juices”

  1. So many people these days want to start eating right or even talk about juicing but don’t have the information right. In this article not only did you offer great juicing recipes to make at home (and I agree about the store bought juice) but you also list the benefits of the fruits and veggies. I specifically likes how you listed what juice targets the overall goal.

    Great information! Keep up the good work

    1. Hi Kayla,

      Thanks for the comment. Juicing can be a dangerous fad diet or it can be very beneficial and healthy when done right. I try to keep my posts on the beneficial and healthy side and hope that this helps all visitors to my site.

      Ed

  2. Great article. You made quite a clear distinction between homemade vs packaged juice. I made the mistake of thinking that commercially prepared but labeled as natural juices are as healthy as homemade juices when I went on a juice cleansing diet several years ago.

    Anyway, my mom loves juicing, not to lose weight but for cleansing and just for the sole purpose of trying to be healthy, so I bought her a juicer

    At first she did cucumbers, carrots, mangoes and all other kinds of fruits and vegetable she had her hands on. She had them plain, not a combination of these and she was actually enjoying her natural juices.

    Until she started to get bored and wanted to try mixing them. The problem is that she had no idea what fruit and vegetable combinations are the best.

    I told my mom I will look into some juice combinations and I will give her a copy so she will have some options. So thank you for these several fruit combinations you have enumerated here. I’m sure my mom will be excited to get back on track with her cleansing regimen.

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