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Health Benefits of Juicing – Vegetables

July 14th, 2010

It is now common knowledge that vegetables are very beneficial to our health, so it stands to reason that drinking home made fresh vegetable juices is also a healthy practice. Why so, you may ask? Well, if you make a carrot juice for one person, you will need about 8 -1 0 carrots. That’s a lot of vegetables and therefore lots of benefit!

Detoxification is a fundamental health benefit of juicing vegetables. Vegetables provide us with many antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to boost the immune system to protect us from viruses and pathogens as well as clear toxins out of our cells. Juices made from cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale and cabbage are especially potent for detoxification. Cruciferous vegetables contain specific antioxidants called sulforaphanes and indoles that have a powerful stimulating effect upon the livers ability to synthesize detoxification enzymes. It is also good to note that this effect is more profound from juiced cruciferous vegetables than it is from eating them. A juicing machine will squeeze out more of these antioxidants for our digestive system than we could by chewing vegetables.

Another one of the wonderful health benefits of juicing vegetables is the healthy effect upon our body PH levels. Vegetable juices really help to lower acidity in the body because they are very alkaline in nature. Over acidity of the body is associated with a variety of health conditions such as acid reflux, gout, arthritis and even an increased risk of cancer.

One of the cool things with juicing vegetables is that we are eating raw. This means our fresh vegetable juices are loaded with healthy digestive enzymes that are otherwise killed off through cooking or heating methods. These digestive enzymes help us to digest the juices we drink easily and therefore takes a lot of the burden off the digestive system, This also helps to speed up our metabolism which can help in weight loss.

To get the very best from our vegetables juicing recipes we should always try to use the freshest organic produce. Fresh means more nutrition, and organic means less harmful chemicals in your juice!

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