Some people believe that raw fruit and vegetables are more useful than their freshly squeezed juices. But this is not true. Your body can absorb MORE of the vitamins and minerals then if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole! Many of the nutrients are TRAPPED in the fiber and by blending fruits and vegetables, you break down the fiber and release the vital nutrients. Example:
When you eat a raw carrot, you are only able to assimilate a small percentage of the available beta carotene. When a carrot is juiced, removing the fiber, a LARGE percentage of the beta carotene can be assimilated by your body. Of course, you still need to eat whole produce because fiber is also an important part of your daily diet.
Its name is derived from the Arabic word meaning 'best fodder'. It is significant that a few generations ago carrots were considered primarily horse food while now their juice has become one of the most famous beverages in the civilized world. So alfalfa, which in the past has been the food of paramount value for cattle, will in the none too distant future supply its juice as one of the greatest aids for human ailments and deficiencies. Only the leaves of alfalfa should be used for juice and for salads, as the fiber of the stems is very tough. The water content of fresh alfalfa is about 80%. It is exceedingly rich in nitrogen, calcium, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. When fresh alfalfa is not obtainable, then the powdered can be used in salads in quantities of about one quarter teaspoonful per portion, or in similar quantity in one pint of fresh vegetable juice.
Excellent for potassium and magnesium which supplies stamina. Also a good source of iron. Only cantaloupes can rival apricots for the amount of beta carotene. Apricots should be fairly firm, but not rock hard. Coloration should be orange with a brush of pink revealing the sweet flesh below. They will store for two to three days at room temperature and slightly longer in the refrigerator. Always remove pit before juicing.
Beets are famous for their ability to cleanse the blood. Beets contain calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, choline, beta-carotene and vitamin C. Beets are also high in minerals which strengthen the liver and gall bladder, and are the building blocks for blood corpuscles and cells. Beet greens are excellent for salads and juicing. Beet greens are a good source of carotenoids which help in the prevention of all types of cancers. They are high in manganese which is an important mineral for brain function.
Beet juice is very concentrated. Do not drink it alone. Dilute with a milder juice such as carrot or apple. Beet juice has been proven therapeutic in the treatment of leukemia and cancer. In a clinical trial, 22 patients with advanced inoperable cancers were given 10 oz. of beet juice daily for 3 to 4 months. Twenty-one of these patients showed marked improvement in health.
Beets cause the stool to turn red and may give the urine a reddish tinge. When juicing beets, alternate between pieces of beets and pieces of carrots, otherwise the beet pulp tends to build up on the side of the spinning extraction basket and causes the juicer to vibrate.
Lactofermented beet juice is fermented with lacto bacillus, making it sweeter. On a juice fast, this delicious juice is like a bottle of Champagne.
Raw is an excellent source of beta-carotene, sulfur, vitamin C and the trace mineral, selenium which is excellent for fighting cancer, protecting against heart disease, improving conditions of arthritis, slowing the aging process, giving beautiful skin and increasing male potency. Within cabbage is a delicate amino acid called glutamine which is excellent for healing stomach disorders including ulcers. When making cabbage juice, it must be consumed within 60 seconds or this precious amino acid will begin to decay. If straight cabbage juice causes gas, mix with carrot and celery.
Carrots are an outstanding source of Vitamin A, a key anti-oxidant and maintainer of good health. used as a general body builder, carrot juice is excellent. We like to include a stalk of celery to carrot juice. Carrot juice is a foundation of anti-cancer diets, or any regimen to strengthen the immune system. The nutrients of carrots significantly aid night blindness and other eye problems. It is nourishing to the skin. Combine carrot juice with parsley, celery, watercress, endive or romaine lettuce. As a rule, drink one pint of fresh carrot juice daily.
High in magnesium, iron and chlorophyll which is an excellent blood builder. One of the richest sources of organic sodium. This is excellent for those who enjoy vigorous workouts, maintaining valuable body fluid and electrolytes. Celery juice is a superb nerve tonic. Celery juice alone tastes bitter and is usually mixed with carrots or apples.
Great for adding a salty taste to vegetable juices. Do you have a headache? Drink a glass of celery juice. Even the ancient Greeks used celery for the universal problem of headaches. Do you live in the inner city full of air pollution? Celery/apple juice is able to cleanse the body of carbon dioxide. Were you thinking of buying an air conditioner? Celery juice cools down the body and is great for hot weather. Are you on a diet and craving a snickers bar? Celery juice helps curb the craving for sweets. Do you have a problem with muscle cramps and fatigue during workouts? The potassium sodium balance in celery juice will be a great asset.
Cherries are high in iron, which specifically helps clean the liver and gall bladder. They are an excellent laxative and blood builder. They are wonderful in an elimination diet. High in alkaline content, they will assist in eliminating toxins from the glands. Most people prefer simply to eat cherries, rather than juice them. They are popular as flavors for herbal teas, so that sugar is not needed. To target the liver or gall bladder, drink a six-ounce glass of cherry juice.
This juice contains 40% potassium, 10% sodium, 7% calcium, 20% phosphorus and 7% choline. It is an excellent source of silicon. Cucumber is good to rub on your skin, giving it elasticity, resulting in a more youthful complexion. It is suspected to help in reducing hair loss. Cucumber juice is usually mixed with other juices. Look for firm cucumbers with a dark green, wrinkle-free skin. Will store in refrigerator for 6 days.
Fresh cranberry juice is a powerful healing tonic filled with quinine which changes to hippuric acid in the liver. Hippuric acid is able to assist in the removal of purines, uric acid, urea and toxic build-up in the prostate, testicles, kidneys and bladder. It is a wonderful defense against yeast infections for women. Cranberries are a complex little fruit, being tested by scientists for their abilities in virus-fighting. Many people find that the juice can overcome flu symptoms overnight. If you are susceptible to colds, fill up on your cranberry juice in the winter time. The juice of cranberries is very bitter, so it is advisable to combine it with a sweeter juice such as apple or grape, a delicious combination.
Dandelion greens contain more than 85% water. They are very rich in potassium, calcium, sodium and particularly magnesium. The acid elements are low, giving the composition of this plant a close relation to the alkaline-acid percentage in the human body. It is very rich in most of the vitamins, particularly in A, B, C and D. The dandelion flower is very rich in Vitamin D. Dandelion has a very stimulating effect on the glands. Its principle value is in nourishing the bone structure of the body, particularly giving strength and firmness to the teeth. It is valuable also in stimulating lymph activity, thus aiding elimination through the pores of the skin. The whole plant, leaves, flowers and roots and can be used, both in salads and in making juices. Because of its bitter taste it is advisable to use the juice mixed with carrot juice thereby adding the valuable constructive elements of the carrot as a base.
With five times the vitamin C content of oranges, this juice is a powerful cleanser. Pink is sweeter and less acidic than white. Many people can tolerate grapefruit more easily than oranges. Juice some of the white pith for valuable bioflavinoids. All citrus juices should be drunk immediately because of the fragility of vitamin C.
The flavonoids in grape juice, like those in wine, have been shown to prevent the oxidation of so-called bad cholesterol (LDLs, or low-density lipoproteins) that leads to formation of plaque in artery walls. Grape juice can also lower the risk of developing the blood clots that lead to heart attacks.
Lemons are the king of citrus fruit. Because of their high source of bioflavinoids, they are powerful in detoxifying the body. They are also an excellent diuretic. Lemon juice is an excellent addition to guacamole, salad dressings, sauces, and is a preservative, keeping the guacamole from discoloring into an unsightly brown.
The various varieties of lettuce constitute one of our most valuable foods because of their large organic water content, ranging from 92 to 95 percent, and on account of the abundance of potassium, sodium, calcium and, particularly, magnesium and iron they contain. They are also rich in those essential elements, silicon and fluorine. The raw juice of lettuce turns almost black when separated from the pulp. With the addition of carrot juice it is a valuable aid in digestion where stomach ulcers would otherwise interfere with the digestive processes.
Papaya makes excellent-tasting, highly-expensive juice. It is a good source of calcium, potassium, vitamin C and of course, the color gives it away-beta carotene. It is high in the enzyme, papain, which helps us digest protein and is used commercially to tenderize meat.
Oranges are a great source of water-soluble vitamin C. Vitamin C is very unstable. It is destroyed by air and light, so it is important to drink fresh citrus juice immediately after juicing. Citrus fruits are also high in sodium. Those with poor gums or tooth decay are probably lacking in vitamin C. Gastric and duodenal ulcers are deficient in Vitamin C, so their diet should be supplemented with fresh oranges or grapefruit. With fevers or colds, drink orange juice freely. The orange is a great part of any juicing regimen.
Parsley is one of the highest sources of life-giving chlorophyll which acts like iron to oxidize the blood. Chlorophyll will help neutralize the strong odor of garlic and is used in chewing gum to sweeten breath. It is a cleanser of the kidneys, liver and urinary tract. Parsley is effective for upset stomachs by stimulating digestive enzymes. Excellent for the colon by encouraging the peristaltic wave in the intestines. Parsley juice, added to vegetable juices, will enter directly into the bloodstream immediately impacting your body.
Both flat and curly parsley have the same nutritional value. Look for healthy, dark green leaves. Parsley can be grown inside and outside the house. Will store in the refrigerator for a week. Always add parsley with other hard veggies like carrot so it will not affect the juicer. Parsley alone can be hard on a juicer.
The juice from a pear is thick and sweet and can be diluted with apple juice. They are high in thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and folic acid which help establish a healthy cardiovascular system. They are also a good source of vitamin C, calcium, potassium, phosphorus and minerals. Levulose is the fruit sugar in pears which is easily tolerated by diabetics. Pears are higher in pectin than apples, which encourages regularity.
Pineapples are jam-packed with minerals, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and iodine. They have loads of vitamins including vitamin C and are an excellent source of bromelain, an enzyme that helps digestion. Bromelain has also been known to cure laryngitis and is soothing to the throat. Learning how to determine a sweet pineapple may take some practice. Your pineapple ought to have a strong, sweet aroma. Look for a large plump, heavy fruit. The leaves should easily pull out. The skin should be a dark golden color.
Potato juice has many folk medical use as a remedy, the science of which have not been fully investigated. It has been reported to improve the function of the Digestive System. Potato (juice consumed on rising in the morning) alleviates Constipation. Potato (juice diluted) alleviates Heartburn. Potato juice diluted with warm water and consumed first thing in the morning alleviates Peptic Ulcers. Potato juice alleviates Gout and Rheumatism. Some have reported the use of potato juice in treatment of cancer. A decoction of clean potato peels or tea made from the peels is recommended in cases of malignancy, rheumatism or in getting rid of excess uric acid from the body. Because raw potato juice is often not very palatable to drink, it is usually combined with carrot or lemon juice. It is recommended in the following conditions. Some specific conditions include:
1) Skin problems like eczema
2) Arthritis, rheumatism, gout, lumbago, etc. The juice has anti-inflammatory actions and reduces excessive deposition of uric acid in the joints. For these cases, it could be taken with an infusion made from herbs like, Sage, Nettle, Garlic, Agrimony Catnip, etc.
3) Potato juice when taken alone or in combination with carrot juice assists in healing intestinal or peptic ulcer and gastritis ? potato juice to 1 full glass could be taken 30 minutes before any meal. The teas made from Sage, Nettle, Mistletoe, Fleabane, Chickweed could also help. And a teaspoonful of ground Cayenne pepper could be sprinkled on the meal each time before eating. The initial burning sensation noticed will disappear with subsequent intakes of the pepper.
4) Potato starch or when the juice is mixed with carrot and pure honey will disinfect the bowels in case of any food poisoning and this also stops diarrhea just as quickly as lemon juice mixed with blended raw garlic will do.
The juice of radishes blended with carrot juice is a wonderful aid in cleansing and in healing the mucous membrane of the digestive system as well as of the respiratory organs.
The juice of this vegetable, when raw and fresh, is one of the most nourishing foods for the entire digestive and particularly the eliminative organs. While cathartics and laxatives operate as a result of irritation of the lower intestines, spinach juice follows the natural course of nourishing the cells and tissues as well as nerves and muscles so that eventually normal elimination may be established. The addition of fresh raw carrot juice to spinach juice is a particularly good aid to reestablish the normal tone of the intestines.
When strawberries are allowed to ripen on the plant, they are a high source of vitamin C but useless for shipping. They are high in potassium, sodium, and iron. Strawberries are handy if you have to endure second-hand smoke. The ellagic acid neutralizes and dissolves the carcinogen, PAH present in cigarette smoke. Fresh strawberry juice will knock your socks off. Frozen with honey, they make brightly-colored Popsicles that children just love. They are easy to juice because you can leave the stems on. You may find the juice a little thick, so you are welcome to mix it with other juices such as grape or pineapple.
Providing tomatoes are vine-ripened, they are a high source of vitamin C, in fact, one tomato is equal to more than 50% of the recommended daily allowance. Good source of organic sodium phosphorus, calcium, potassium, magnesium, malic and oxalic acid and sulfur. Tomato juice has a wonderful taste that is quite different from store-bought juice which is boiled and stored in cans for months. The health-giving acids in tomatoes are beneficial to the body unless heated or canned.
It is a wonderful source of chlorophyll, vitamin A, protein, potassium, zinc, iodine, nucleic acids and enzymes that aid in digestion. Ninety-five percent of all the nutritional content of watermelon is in the rind. Thump watermelons with your knuckles and if it sounds hollow, it's going to taste sweet. They should be dark green in color, dull, rather than shiny and their underbellies should have a pale yellow color.