Nutritional Benefits of Juicing
Freshly squeezed fruits and vegetables are the kings of the food kingdom, for several reasons. Fruits and vegetables provide a wealth of nutritional benefits that could never be squeezed into a vitamin supplement. Also, no other health food on earth can be so quickly digested and absorbed by the body.
Why Not Just Eat or Cook with Produce?
There's absolutely nothing wrong with eating fruits and vegetables, or cooking them and enjoying them with meals. But there are several reasons why juicing is a more effective way of ensuring you get the most bang from your buck when you're dealing with fresh produce.
Juicing filters out the fiber contained in fruits and vegetables and leaves you with a concentrated array of nutrients, making it an easier and convenient way to consume a greater volume of produce than you could ever comfortably consume in raw or cooked form.
Unlike most forms of cooking, juicing does not destroy any of the nutrients in fruits and vegetables.
Fresh produce doesn't contain any of the unhealthy fillers or ingredients that prepared produce may contain. You don't have to read any labels or do any guesswork to know your juice is 100 percent natural.
Because juicing removes the fiber from produce, the result is juice that is almost completely self-digesting. The nutrients are absorbed almost immediately by your body.
Juicing makes it easy to achieve what's sometimes called rainbow nutrition, or consuming the widest possible variety of fruits and vegetables every day. The color of each fruit or vegetable signals its unique vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, antioxidants, anti-carcinogens, detoxifying agents, digestive aids, natural blood purifiers, blood thinners, immune stimulants, and memory enhancers.
Juicing makes it easy to get the recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables for health and disease prevention.
According to the National Institutes of Health, most people get less than 75 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of essential nutrients. Because nearly all the necessary vitamins and minerals for health are found in fruits and vegetables, juicing is a fast, easy, delicious, and guaranteed way to cover your nutritional bases.
Looking for fast energy? Fruits and vegetables have the highest rate of bioavailability of all foods. That means your body can make full use of the nutrients in juice within 45 minutes to two hours after you drink it. As a side bonus, juicing also helps reverse digestive problems caused by food additives, preservatives, overcooking, and processed foods.
The Synergy Connection
Many nutrients need to work with other nutrients to enjoy maximum performance and really strut their nutritional stuff. For instance, vitamin E is most effective when it's combined with vitamin C and the mineral selenium, while beta-carotene boosts the benefits of zinc and many other nutrients.
Juicing for Enzyme Action
Fresh juice contains tons of enzymes — chemicals in fruits and vegetables that are catalysts for the biochemical reactions behind every function the body performs. Fruits and vegetables have digestive enzymes that help the body digest carbohydrates, fats, fiber, and proteins, and convert large food chemicals into smaller ones that are more easily absorbed and used by the body.