“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
It’s a saying as old as the hills. It is important to remember that fruits are the source of some of the most important nutrients for a healthy lifestyle and that without them our wellbeing would be seriously affected.
But is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Truth is too much fruit juice may be undesirable for people with blood sugar issues or who are trying to lose weight.
So what should we be combining with fruit to ensure that we get the very best from our juices? Any juicing recipe book worth its weight in wheatgrass should be able to help, but here’s our run down of the five finest root vegetables you’ll need to overhaul your diet and add balance to your juicing programme.
For many beetroot is an acquired taste in its natural form, but this purple wonder can be incorporated into a range of delicious juices in order to get a healthy hit of nutrients.
Beetroot is high in iron, fibre, folic acid, manganese, vitamin A, vitamin C and an enzyme called betaine. Betaine actively nourishes and strengthens the body’s major organs, including the liver and gallbladder. Beetroot is also high in potassium which offers a deep cleanse for the body.
Best combination: beetroot, carrot, apple and celery juice
There may be some truth to the old wives’ tale that carrots help you see in the dark after all! Carrots are high in vitamin A, also known as retinol, which helps to fight common eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and night blindness.
The carrot is also high in vitamin B, vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium and sodium, nutrients that help cleanse the important organs throughout your digestive system. In addition to this, carrots have been proven to lower the risk of kidney stones, arthritis, gout, cancer and heart disease. Not a bad return on these cheap supermarket staples.
Best combination: carrot, orange, mango and ginger
Known for their high water content (cucumbers are made up of 95% water) and instant hydration, cucumbers have a number of other benefits that could unlock a healthier ‘you’. High in vitamin A, iron and potassium, introducing cucumber to your diet can help fight cancer, aid digestion and control blood pressure.
Best combination: cucumber strawberry, carrot and apple
Found in many forms, ginger has been used for centuries as a culinary and medicinal spice but unbeknown to many, it’s more than just a seasoning. Available all year round thanks to its long shelf and storage life, ginger has been proven to soothe the digestive system whilst treating colic and dyspepsia.
Ginger can also relieve nausea and is a common cure for morning sickness, whilst its high gingerol content has been linked to relieving the painful symptoms and increasing mobility for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid sufferers.
Best combination: ginger, celery and pineapple
It worked for Popeye so why can’t this lean and green root vegetable work for you? Spinach contains choline, a nutrient that has been linked with increased mental capacity. As well as containing vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, iron, folic acid and calcium, spinach is one of only four vegetables that contains vitamin E. It also contains lutein, which has been known to prevent cancer.
When juicing leafy greens such as spinach or kale it is important that you are using a suitable juicer, however. Not all appliances can handle the fibrous texture of these ingredients and ideally a cold press juicer should be used – both to maximise juice extraction and avoid reliability issues.
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Best combination: spinach, apples, mint, cucumbers, parsley
So next time you hit the supermarket or farm stall, make sure you share your spending across the fruit and vegetable sections for a healthy balance and great taste to your juices.