Health benefits of natural fruit and veg juices

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In today’s busy world, consuming all the fresh fruit and vegetables that are healthy diet needs can be a struggle. So why not consider juicing to give a quick and very healthy “pick me up” that contains multiple vitamins and minerals.

But there are few things to remember with juices. Always juice all fruit and vegetables raw. In this way you keep the highest vitamin and mineral content possible. Non-organic fruit and vegetables may content chemical residue, so it is a good idea to peel it before use. Also, always peel any waxed fruit.

Remove any large stones from peaches, apricots etc. You can juice small seeds, like those in apples, pears and watermelon. Drink juice fresh, so make them on the day you want them and clean the juicing machine immediately as the pulp will go mouldy quickly. You feel free to add water if the juice is too thick in consistency. Oxidation is part of our molecular life but too much can be damaging and antioxidants help fight this and keep us working at a healthy level. Antioxidants are molecules that stop other molecules from oxidising. Plants and animals, including humans, have a complex system of multiple types of antioxidants, like vitamin C and E along with enzymes that keep us healthy. Low level of antioxidants can cause stress cells or kill them.

Apples

Apples have a lower vitamin C content than other fruit, but they are high in other antioxidants. They also contain a good level of fibre and research has been done to suggest they may help reduce the risk of some cancers.

Oranges

High in vitamin C, which supports your immune system and antioxidant protection.

Lemons

High in vitamin C and containing multiple other vitamins, lemons are one of the lowest calorie citrus fruit. Like other citrus fruit they contain citric acid; good as a natural preservative and in aiding digestion.

Carrots

The most familiar antioxidant in carrots is beta-carotene. They are also high in vitamin A and C. Research has been done to show this richness is believed to help the cardiovascular system.

Tomatoes

High in Lycopene which is a vital antioxidant that helps in the fight against cancerous cell formations. Tomatoes are the one fruit that is as good for you when cooked as it is raw. Lycopene actually increases with heating.

Celery

High in vitamin C and fibre. Celery is a good source of folic acid, potassium, and multiple B vitamins. It also contains calcium and it is believed can help prevent certain cancers, lower blood pressure and may even help in the treatment of rheumatism.