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:
Antioxidant (from Health.com)
- Mango, 2 cups (peel and remove seed)
- Blueberries, 1 cup
- Strawberries, 1 cup
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)
ABC’s of Energy Juice (by Gwen at delightfuladventures.com)
- 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
Immunity Booster (from draxe.com)
- 1 bunch of Kale1/2 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)
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 compounds
- 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
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
Green Diuretic for Weight Loss (from juicingwithg.com)
- 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
Fat Dissolver Juice (from lindawagner.com)
- 1 Pink Grapefruit
- 2 Oranges, peeled
- Mint, 1 bunch
- Romaine Lettuce, 1 head
Kale-Aid (from elizabethrider.com)
- 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
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.
- Asparagus – to regulate blood sugar levels
- 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
- Blueberries – high in phytochemicals which have been shown to help prevent type 2 diabetes and improve insulin sensitivity
- 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.
Do you need a juicer to make these healthy beverages? If so, have a look at my Juicers page and find out which type will best suit your needs.
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