Enjoying a wide variety of natural fruit juices could provide you with natural protection from serious illness.
Who doesn’t love their orange juice for breakfast? There are so many store-bought varieties to choose from: regular, pulp-free, premium extra-pulp … (you do know, don’t you, that they take the pulp out of one and add it to the other?)
Health benefits of popular fruits in juicing
In addition to the variety of fabulous fresh tastes, there are particular health benefits associated with raw fruit juicing. Some of the associations are ancient, or “folk remedies,” while some have been only recently discovered or quantified by researchers.
The nice thing about juicing is that by combining fruits and vegetables that contain specific nutrients, one can target certain concerns, like weight loss, diminishing eyesight, or colon health.
Take a look at the colors represented in the list on the sidebar:
Red Green Black / purple Blue Orange Yellow
It seems that Mother Nature has designed such an attractive array of colorful fruits as if to beckon us to try some of each.
So unless you are dealing with a specific medical problem, and are seeking a remedy through juicing and/or raw foods, it looks like enjoying a wide variety of these foods could provide you with natural protection from serious illness.
The best fruits for beginner juicing and how to prepare them
Everyone loves fruit, but except for bananas and apples, people avoid getting too deep into “messy” fruits. Especially if they are busy or going to be away from home, people tend to default to easier prepackaged snack foods.
Juicing is a wonderful way to reacquaint oneself with the fresh, beautiful variety of tastes that are just a grocery-store trip away. Playing with different combinations of fruits in juicing may entice you to (re)introduce a variety of fruits to your normal menus, too.
Try some of these easy-to-find fruit selections. A little bit of planning and preparation will make your first juicing adventures fun and healthful.
Berry, berry good
Berries are so easy! Just rinse, inspect for things that don’t belong there, and enjoy them promptly.
- Blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries – rinse and juice as soon as possible, they are somewhat fragile
- Strawberries – remove the green leaves and stems, but no need to cut out the hull (core)
No seeds allowed
Bad things may be lurking inside some of those innocent-looking seeds.
- Apples – remove the cores and seeds (seeds have cyanide)
It’s the pits
Why risk breaking your juice machine on a stone or a hard seed?
- Apricots – the pit has to go, slice the fruit in half and pick out the pit
- Cherries – a small paring knife will make it easy to remove the pits; discard any stems
- Peaches – like apricots, cut these in half to remove the pit
- Plums – same an peaches
- Mango – peel, then slice away flesh parallel to the flat pit
The soft white pith just beneath citrus peel is good for you; try to preserve as much of it as you can.
- Oranges and grapefruits – their peels contain oils that are indigestible and should not be juiced; cut them up and remove the seeds.
- Tangerine and clementine peels can be juiced.
- Lemons and limes have peel that can be juiced; adjust according to how much bitterness you can stomach.
Leave the leaves
Certain plant leaves contain toxic substances, so stick to the stalks alone.
- Rhubarb -- stalks only
Hard, inedible skins or skins that are coated with wax should be peeled.
- Cantaloupe – the webbed skin should be peeled, but try to save as much rind as possible
- Mangoes, papaya and guava are often coated with wax
- Kiwi fruit skins are edible if they are organic but some people find them too bitter
Take what you need and leave the rest
More popular fruits for juicing include these.
- Pineapple -- slice into wedges, cut out the woody core, peel the skin away
- Watermelon – remove the skin but juice the rind and the seeds
- Banana peels – while bananas contain little water and cannot be juiced, their skins contain rich nutrients that can be released through juicing
Remember to always remove the skin from non-organic fruit because of the pesticides that cannot be easily washed away.
Always wash your produce well. Use a vegetable brush with biodegradable soap to scrub the surfaces and remove surface dirt, unseen bacteria, and pesticide residue.
Fruits For Juicing
Let’s review some of the popular fruits that are found in many juice recipes.
Apples – contain soluble fiber that helps to clean the colon, and helps to halt oxidation of LDL cholesterol; also contains elastin and collagen that help keep the skin young
Blackberries – have rich antioxidants that can help fight degenerative disorders of the eye
Blueberries – can help improve memory and eyesight, prevent hardening of the arteries and type 2 diabetes, prevent urinary tract infections, and help shed belly fat
Cantaloupe – has an ingredient that helps reduce migraine headaches
Cherries – known for fighting the painful symptoms of gout
Cranberries – contain acids useful in relieving the pain of fibromyalgia, dissolving fat deposits and halting bladder infections
Figs – good for hypertension (high blood pressure) and lowering cholesterol
Ginger root – reduces inflammation and helps support liver function
Grapefruit – loaded with vitamin C, supports the immune cells, promotes low blood pressure
Kiwi (Chinese gooseberry) – magnesium relieves mental fatigue and increases concentration
Lemons – contain vitamin C helps heal bruises
Mango – called the “king of fruits,” its vitamin A and rich antioxidants fight against skin aging and restores skin elasticity
Oranges – rich in vitamin C which improves skin texture, reduces incidence of kidney stones
Papaya – the seeds kill intestinal parasites
Passion Fruit – good source of colon-protecting dietary fiber, Vitamin C and vitamin A
Pears – contain soluble fiber which is good for colon health
Plums – antioxidants help prevent cardiovascular disease and obesity
Pomegranate juice – may slow the growth of prostate cancer
Strawberries – “superfood” that helps lowers cancer death rates, anti-inflammatory
Watermelon – contains lycopene which minimizes the risks of several diseases developing, and it also contains potassium which helps with blood pressure
Note: the list given is neither exhaustive, nor claiming to provide medical advice. The intent is to illustrate the wide spectrum of beneficial nutrients believed to be available in fruits and fruit juices.