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Health Benefits of Fruit and Vegetable Juice

Updated on January 14, 2015

A cup of tomato juice

A cup of tomato juice
A cup of tomato juice | Source

Benefits of fruit and vegetable juice

Health benefits of fruit and vegetable juice

Fruits and vegetable juice helps us combat disease in a natural way while reducing causative factors that can arise from to much cholesterol and processed food intake, they are healthy and could be responsible for our longevity. Their natural nutrient rich nature offers us a convenient way to tantalize our tongue while gaining the benefit of fruit drinks.

There is a very large number or verity of fruits and vegetable that can supplement our diet while offering us good nutritional benefits at the same time detoxifying or cells/organs and enriching or blood. They stimulate, cleanse and reinvigorate us with their phytonutrient riches.

Grapes

You can find grapes almost in every country, they are very durable tough and good to eat. Grapes are usually cast with fruits such as blue berries, raspberries, strawberries and grapes; they are eaten fresh as fruit salads or juiced. Juice extracts are very healthy to drink, either way grapes have good health benefits that can contribute to sustained health, prevention of diseases and even cure some ailments.

Grapes have a tart flavor with a subtle dose of sweetness that quickly becomes an acquired taste. They look semi transparent in appearance while some assuming different shades of color. Grape extracts are said to be able to regulate insulin and provide nutrients that assists the blood.

Nutrient compositing of grapes

Grapes are wonder fruits and have so many nutritional benefits when consumed some of which are; Flavanols which contain viniferones, epicatechins. Stilbenes on the other hand contain piceatannol, pterostilbene. Flavonols have myricentin, quercetin while more nutrients can be found in carotenoids such as lutein and beta-carotene. The grapefruit have several others not mentioned.

The fruit is believed to have cardio vascular enhancement qualities that is it helps the heart function better, boosts the immune system and regulates reparatory, hormones, protein balance and regulates anti oxidants in the body. The wonder fruit also has phenol acids like caffeic, and Gallic acid, the overwhelming nutrient found in the modest grape continues with manganese, carotenoids and vitamin C. Some even swear to its anti inflammatory properties.

Grape juice

How to make grape juice

Making grape juice is moderately easy if you know what you are doing, to make the juice you need to follow the simple guidelines bellow

1 Extract the grapes from its stock, by picking each one individually

2 Wash thoroughly in cold or warm water to remove germs

3 Squish the grapes by mashing them with a wooden implement or blunder

4 Put the mashed grapes in a cooking pot and boil on low flame for 12 minutes

5 Check the blends consistency by mashing it up to avoid clogging

6 Sieve the juice into a cup or container and allow to cool

Then you have your grape fruit juice, to achieve a cup of fruit you need several grapes.

Oranges

Different varieties of orange can be found in every continent, they are abundant and loaded with many health benefits. This citrus fruit is delicious, juicy; sweet to drink it comes in many vibrant colors but is commonly known for its bright yellow. They are favored because of there ready availability, nice taste and good nutritional benefits to our body.

Nutrients

Some of the nutrients that can be found in oranges but not limited to the list are Vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A minerals like calcium, and iron. A single cup of fruit juice may contain several calories. They also have carbohydrates, proteins low fat and lots of fiber if eaten. In combination with vegetable orange becomes a cleanser and helps relieve constipation while facilitating bowel movement.

Some other nutrients that can be found in oranges are smaller quantities are omega 3, sodium, lipid, fatty acid. 8 ounces of orange juice contains enough vitamins to cover our daily fix. The cup depending on the size and number of oranges used, if you get 150g the calorie intake could be calculated as 105 calories. Other vitamins found in oranges are vitamin B6, vitamin A said to help boost our immune system and keep us healthy.

Orange juice

Orange juice is much easier to make than grape juice all you need is a blender. Bellow is how to make orange juice

1 get about 10 full sized oranges

2 Wash thoroughly in cold water to remove dirt form the surface

3 Cut the orange into 2 or 4 half’s

4 Remove the seeds with you fingers or a spoon

5 Extract the juice with a motorized citrus blender, fruit juice extractor or manual juice extractor.

6 Remove roughages or leave if you fill like chewing some

7 Serve fresh or refrigerated

Another method

1 peel the orange and cut into half

2 use an extractor to remove the juice

3 make a syrup by putting sugar into water and boil

4 add the syrup to the orange juice

5 refrigerate and serve cold


This method works but you will not get 100% orange fruit juice, some people use the second method because they may find the taste of the orange to sweet.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are very abundant in our gardens, super markets and open stores, we use this natural vegetable for its highly prized juicy taste and sweet natural taste, it is one of the most recognized and hugely consumed vegetable in the world with good reason. They are eaten raw, cooked fried, baked, used as stew in soup in salads, grilled and drunk as vegetable juice.

Tomatoes are loaded with a host of essential vitamins and nutrients. To reap the full potential of this vegetable you need to consume it by drinking its juice extract. Tomato juice extract is very good for the human body; the red color comes from the presence of lycopene in the tomato. The extensive nutritional benefits of drinking tomato juice are highlighted bellow.

Benefit of tomato juice

They are full of beneficial properties like helping reduce the blood pressure level, assists weight loss, reduces heart related damage, prevents blood vessel from rupture is found to be rich in fiber, high in cholesterol. It is known to boost the immune system, prevent cancer agents is an antioxidant, prevents constipation and hydrates the body due to its high level of water content.

The humble tomato has been used in beauty regiments from cure of sores to body creams, removal of bumps, rashes and minor sores. Some other benefits are prevention of diarrhea, aids digestion and have been said to stimulate quick muscle recovery it is low in sodium and converts blood sugar to release energy into the body.

Nutrients in tomato

Vitamin C, Vitamin B

Vitamin E, Vitamin K

Vitamin A, Fiber

Iron, Manganese

Copper, Foliate

Potassium, Phosphorus

Calories, Chorine and many nutrients

How to make tomato juice

The health benefits highlighted above clearly shows tomato as a good source of many nutrients we need to stay healthy, tomato juice extract drank daily will allow all the benefits associated with the vegetable to be fully realized.

Making the juice

1 use an adequate number of tomatoes (3 pounds)

2 Wash thoroughly to remove black spots, dirt and germs.

3 Cut them into small slices

4 Cut celery and add to mixture

5 Chop up a small onion and add

6 Add a tablespoon of sugar

7 1 teaspoon of salt

8 Simmer in stainless steel for 30 minutes with lid open

9 Force mixture through a strainer or sieve

10 Return to cooker and bring to a boil

11 Allow to cool completely

12 Then store securely in an airtight container

13 Refrigerate and serve cold

Well processed tomato juice can lat several days.

Mixed fruit juice

Mixed fruit juice has the benefit of several fruit nutrients rolled up in on savory brew, the health benefit of a combined drink out ways the benefit of only one fruit.

Making mixed fruit juice

First carefully select fresh fruits that you want to use for your drink to make a refreshing blend with the aim of achieving a 100% fruit drink. Choose at least five fruits that you intent to use for the drink. A good combination can be orange, pineapple, mango, apple and grape. The juice should be made under clean conditions to ensure the natural goodness is well harnessed.

Mixed juice ingredients; pineapple, oranges, grapes, mangoes, apple

Method

Wash and pill fruits

Cut in2 small pieces

Remove seeds

Use a juice extractor to mix the fruits

Sieve the juice into a clean container

Add a syrup this is optional

Refrigerate and serve cold.

A simple receipt for mixed fruit salad

Pill 3 mangos and chop to pieces, remove seeds of other fruits in the mix, add 2 apples and chop into small chunks, introduce 2 sliced bananas, 1 ounce pineapple and freshly prepared orange juice, ground cinnamon, flaked and sweetened coconut with sugar syrup.

Veronina Amygdaline juice

Veronina is a shrub that has been used widely for its culinary delight and its herbal qualities. The bitter leaf as it is called has been exploited by herbal practitioners for ages. It is said to stimulate the bile and assist the kidneys, scientifically this hasn’t been proven. The bitter leaf is used in many African dishes and it is said to reduce blood sugar levels, aid digestion, increase energy, reduce exhaustion stimulate bowel movement and relieves head ache and fevers.

The shrubs leaves, bark and stem are also used to treat all kinds of ailments from mild stomach aches to rashes, skin warts and to loss weight.

How to extract the juice

First pick the leaves from the stem and wash thoroughly in warm water to kill the germs, discard leafs with black spots. Chop into small pieces, put in blender with a little water, use the blender vigorously, then strain the liquid through a cheesecloth or sieve, add fruit juice to reduce bitter taste with a little honey.

The shrubs extracts are very potent and most be used with care, to much and it might damage an organ, used lightly a small portion drank once in 3 days will suffice. Some herbal practitioners may ague with this reasoning but it is better to be safe than sorry. Fruit juice is a convenient way to get all the nutrients your body needs to work at optimum capacity, while enjoying a delicious drink you are getting back much needed nutrients.

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      femi 2 years ago from Nigeria

      justmesuzanne, thanks for the comment

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      justmesuzanne 2 years ago from Texas

      Excellent, detailed information on juicing! Voted up and useful! :)