Fruit for Juicing – Getting the Vitamins and Minerals You Require
For an interesting twist on eating fruits why don’t you drink them instead? We are not talking about the fruit juices you find in the supermarket that are chocked full of sugar and artificial flavoring but fruits that you can make in your juicer at home and then drink them in their natural and raw state.
You need to be careful when it comes to fruit juicing however as raw fruit juice has the potential to increase insulin levels in the blood. Limit your fruit juicing to a couple of times per week. Nevertheless fresh fruit juice in its natural state is still much healthier for you than is drinking commercially prepared juices or soda.
Here are our top picks for fruits that make excellent juicing choices:
Apples are one of the best fruits around for juicing purposes. Apples are packed with healthy antioxidants. They also boost the function of the immune system, reduce cholesterol levels, and clean out the digestive system. Apples can be combined with practically any other fruit or vegetable to make raw juice. They are one of the most popular bases for juicing because they soften juices that are bitter or too strong. Apples are also rich in the nutrients that help in the digestion of fats.
Pineapple contains a digestive enzyme you may have heard of called bromelain. This enzyme is important because it helps the body to digest protein. Pineapples often conjure up thoughts of tropical islands and they can add a tropical flavor to your natural fruit juices as well. This fruit has anti-inflammatory properties. It also has antibacterial and antiviral properties as well. The substances found in pineapple are beneficial in aiding the body to dissolve blood clots.
When it comes to a fruit that aids in the digestive process, papaya tops the list! It is composed of papain which is an enzyme that helps to breakdown protein in the digestive tract. If digestion is sometimes a problem for you then juice papaya on a daily basis. It is the most effective for the stomach if you drink it following your meals. To give it more of a sweet taste and to strengthen the effects of it even more add a little bit of mint to it. Papaya also has two other beneficial functions. It protects against cancer and it replenishes the supply of vitamin C in the body.
If you love the taste of berries then you will love how they taste when they are juiced. Berries are full of antioxidants and also have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Berries are very detoxifying for the blood and also help to strengthen it. Strawberries are rich in lycopene (as are tomatoes) and can do lots of good for the cardiovascular system. Raspberries are useful for women who suffer from menstrual cramps. Both blueberries and black currants can help to combat urinary infections and diarrhea. Berries are not the easier fruit to juice but they are one of the best ones and should be included in your weekly rotation for your juicing regimen.
While also a type of berry, we put cranberries in a category of their own. Cranberries do a good job of preventing bacteria from developing in the bladder, the kidneys and the prostate. They also help to prevent kidney stones and contain a substance called mannose which keeps the urinary track free from infections. Cranberries are sour and therefore they should be combined with some water or another fruit to make them easier to drink. Apples or grapes work well with cranberries.