Today, I found out “exactly” what’s in this current favourite juice of mine!
2 1/2 apples, 4 medium beets and 16 medium carrots! (all in one liter)
The Magic of Fresh Juice
Quite unlike heat-treated and sugary commercial juice, fresh fruit and vegetable juices are full of powerful enzymes, antioxidants and other nutrients that you can feel within minutes of having them. In fact, drinking freshly extracted juice has been compared to having an ENERGY TRANSFUSION from the plants involved into your body’s cells.
Since there is so little digestion required, this is one of the quickest ways to deliver nutrients to important organs like your liver. Fresh vegetable juices in particular are so powerful they are often central components of natural treatments for various diseases and have a cleansing and rejuvenating effect throughout your body.
Carrot juice is highly alkalizing to your body and helps flush your liver of toxic waste materials that can accumulate there. These alkaline properties and its wealth of vitamins and minerals are also believed to help cleanse your blood of contaminants and improve your eyes and skin.
Freshly juiced carrots are one of the best known sources of pro-vitamin A beta-carotene and alpha-carotene for protecting your body from free radical damage. These antioxidant nutrients are converted to vitamin A when needed and are actually stored within your liver’s cells.
Carrot juice is also a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K and various B vitamins. Additionally, they can be rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium and trace minerals like molybdenum and copper if grown in decent soils. One way to increase the chances of a high mineral content is to choose organic carrots.
Beets or beetroot are a rich source of phytonutrients like betanin that have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, coupled with a stimulating effect on the various detoxification pathways of your body and especially your liver.
Betaine is another nutrient identified in beets that promotes the flow of bile for better digestion and improves liver detoxification. In fact, beetroot juice is so powerful it is even believed to help regenerate liver cells and clear fatty deposits caused by years of alcohol consumption.
Organic is best as apples are often sprayed with pesticides you really don’t want in your body. Especially as we are trying to help the liver here rather than add to its burdens. At very least, soak your apples in hot water and vinegar and scrub them well.
Aside from all of the other apple health benefits, they are a great general detoxifier and are rich in pectin. Pectin is a type of fiber that binds to toxins in your intestines as they are digested so they can be safely excreted, well before your liver has to deal with them.
In this way, eating apples regularly, as well as using them in special juices and smoothies like this, will help ease the workload on your liver and improve your overall health.
(All the above information was found from Health Ambition)
And, from SELFNutritionData, is as follows: (I wanted to provide some nutritional content)
*the Nutrient Balance Indicator and Completeness Score = 32 (out of 100)
BEETS: (1 beet, 2″ diameter)
Protein 1 g 2%
Completeness Score = 74 (out of 100)