By Anna Robertson Ham
Juicing is not a new trend. It has been around for a long time, but the trend caught on in the past decade, especially in recent years. People are figuring out the many benefits of drinking juice. Not store-bought juices that are loaded down with sugars, but cold-pressed juices that maintain their nutrients. Here is a go-to list of just some of the essential juices from various vegetables and fruits and their benefits to your body.
Beets are a good source for antioxidants, nitrates, folate, potassium and vitamin C. It is also known to lower blood pressure, improve blood flow, boost stamina and may help in preventing cancer and slowing the progression of dementia.
Carrots are packed full of vitamin A which is great for eyesight and they contain antioxidants, fight free radicals and heart disease. They are loaded with dietary fiber and also have vitamin c and vitamin B6, potassium, phosphorous, help boost immunity, maintain cholesterol and blood sugar.
Celery contains vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and potassium. Studies have shown that celery may help reduce inflammation, help cardiovascular health and fight against cancer and liver disease.
The go-to for helping treat and prevent urinary tract infections (UTI), cranberry juice also assists in fighting age-related damage from free radicals, promotes heart health, helps lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) which is the "bad" type of cholesterol, and improves digestive health.
Cucumbers help keep you hydrated, have antioxidants that prevent and delay cell damage from free radicals. They also contain vitamin C, beta carotene, manganese and molybdenum. They can help lower blood pressure, boost bone health, support healthy skin and may prevent cancer.
Ginger is the essential for digestive health and can treat forms of upset stomach and nausea. It is a pain reliever, reduces inflammation, relieves congestion and cold symptoms, reduces high blood pressure, improves heart health and may lower cholesterol. It may also help prevent against cancer and protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods, containing vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese, calcium, copper, potassium and magnesium. It is also loaded with antioxidants, can help lower cholesterol, improves heart health, helps fight against cancer and protects eye health.
Lemons contain high amounts of vitamin C and antioxidants that help protect cells from damage from free radicals, can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, lower blood pressure and help fight against the common cold. It can also help with glucose levels, digestion, prevent kidney stone and improve your skin.
Pomegranates are a powerhouse of benefits! They are packed full of antioxidants - higher levels than most fruits - which can help remove free radicals, reduce inflammation in the gut and in joints, improve digestion and protect cell damage. They also contain a lot of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, folate and potassium and have been shown to protect against Alzheimer’s disease and memory.