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Juices And Smoothies Which Is Most Healthy?

Updated on November 18, 2016
Knowing which one is best for you and when to drink it could make the difference between being healthy or sick.
Knowing which one is best for you and when to drink it could make the difference between being healthy or sick. | Source

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Every few days or so I am asked by either a client or friend, which is best for their health juices or smoothies? I usually reply to them; "Personally I like both, as each has it's own very special place and purpose in helping us to live longer, healthier and more vibrant lives. Listen to your body, does it need to assimilate nutrients as quickly as possible? If so, then juicing is probably exactly "what the doctor ordered", for this moment in time."

I also make sure they understand juices, and smoothies, are not magic health bullets, and drinking them should not be done long term to replace eating fresh organic fruits and vegetables. They are excellent additions to our diets and make it much easier for us to get the adequate number of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics we need to energize to our bodies.

Long before I became a holistic practitioner, I was juicing almost daily on a regular basis. Even though I juiced for twenty plus years, I did not understand the effect that juicing had, except I knew I felt better when I juiced or made a fruit or vegetable drink in the blender. (we didn't call them smoothies back then).

Today, all over the internet you'll find a hundred different juicing and smoothie gurus with different opinions as to which is better, juicing or smoothies. In the past, I have tried to walk more of a middle road, as I always felt that for my clients sake, doing one or the other was better than not doing either. I just didn't want to get into discussions that ended up not solving anything.

Today, I'm going to make a stand, "put my big boy pants on". So, it's my sincere hope, that what I am sharing with you, will not be directly influenced by my personal experiences or biases. I have endeavoured to bring you scientifically proven advantages and disadvantages of both methods of making fruit, vegetable and grass nutrients more easily available to support your health and wellness.

There are plenty of great juicers to choose from that are priced very reasonable. A juicer is one appliance every kitchen should have.
There are plenty of great juicers to choose from that are priced very reasonable. A juicer is one appliance every kitchen should have. | Source

Advantages, Cautions And Disadvantages Of Juicing

“You’re able to derive nutrients that are unavailable because of our inability to eat things that are indigestible like the rind or the outside armor plate, let’s say, of a pineapple,” ~ Jay “The Juiceman” Kordich

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Juicing Advantages

1. Juicing is an incredible and delicious way of making sure we get at least or exceed the US government's minimum daily requirements of fruits and vegetables. In my experience, with my clients, these minimum requirements may keep you alive, but they are not nearly enough to protect you from disease and maintain a healthy body.

2. The digestion process takes energy. When we juice fruits, vegetables and grasses we remove the bulk of the fiber, making it easier and faster for our digestive system to assimilate and absorb the nutrients and feed our cells. If we drink juice on an empty stomach, the nutrients and sugars are in the bloodstream in fifteen to thirty minutes.

3. Here, in America more than 1/3 of our population is affected by a some chronic illness at any moment. For many of the sick it means, their having digestive systems that are not functioning at optimum levels. For these individuals with sensitive or malfunctioning digestive systems, drinking larger quantities of juice, especially green vegetable juices should be most beneficial.

If you could only choose one, which would you choose?

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Juicing Cautions

1. Sugar - Those who are having problems managing their blood sugar will want to lean toward juicing fruits and vegetables with lower sugar contents. Juicing delivers nutrients to the body very quickly, along those nutrients sugar is also being distributed in large condensed quantities.

2. Diabetes - Anyone with diabetes, no matter the type should probably abstain from drinking any high glycemic fruit or vegetable juices. It would be prudent to not juice any fruits or vegetables until you have discussed your plans with your health care provider.

3. Calories - Most of the time the fruits you juice will be high in calories. You may want to consider juicing fruits, together with lower calorie vegetables to lower the caloric impact.

Wouldn't be nice just to get the real truth about juice.
Wouldn't be nice just to get the real truth about juice. | Source

Juicing's Disadvantages

As I said earlier, I want to provide you with as much solid scientific evidence as possible, so that you could make the best decision possible. You have a right to know the truth without having to get your information from a guru with a "dog in the fight".

1. Studies recently completed by Harvard researchers found something that most of the Naturopaths and Holistic practitioners have known for and taught our clients for the past seventy-five years. When we eat fruits, they lower our risk of diabetes, but if we just drink the juice, we increase the likelihood of diabetes.

2. Drinking juices do not have a great effect on the lowering of cholesterol unless there is significant fiber in the juice. You should be able to get the cholesterol-lowering effect if you leave the fiber in the juice. Better yet a whole apple or smoothie would ensure you're getting all the health benefits without the adverse side effects.

3. As we know, when we juice we remove almost all of the fiber. We now know that fiber plays a larger role than just helping us to have more regular bowel movements. The bacteria in our large and small intestines digest parts of the fiber to make short chain fatty acids. These fatty acids inhibit the growth of unhealthy bacteria and help to maximize mineral absorption in the colon.

4. We now know that most of the anti-cancer fighting phytonutrients and polyphenols are bound up in the fiber, and thy are not released until they have reached the colon.

5. When we juice, we lose most of the good bacteria, that resided in the fiber. There are healthy bacteria in the fiber. They help to maintain bowel strength and structure, as they create butyrate, which fuels the cells that line the colon. The whole process also stimulates and increases blood flow to the colon, keeping it healthy and freer from all disease, not just diseases of the colon.

As you can see, when we juice we are removing more than just the fiber. We are also many eliminating essential nutrients and polyphenols and phytonutrients. Losing all these benefits, does not mean we should not include juicing in a healthy balanced diet. The key words here are healthy and balanced. Juicing has its place in helping many very sick people restore themselves to health.

Even inexpensive blenders can make smoothies. All you need to do is cut the fruit and vegetables into smaller pieces.
Even inexpensive blenders can make smoothies. All you need to do is cut the fruit and vegetables into smaller pieces. | Source

Advantages, Cautions And Disadvantages Of Smoothie's

"You’re likely to notice your craving for bad food decrease, your desire to exercise increase, your emotional stability improve, your skin and hair look prettier, and your sex drive increase!

I once weighed over 200 pounds and had more than 20 diagnosed, chronic health problems.

At 25 years old, I was having mini-strokes and migraines; slept 10 hours a day but was always tired; took heavy drugs to manage my anxiety and depression; and couldn’t run a city block."~ Robyn Openshaw AKA The Green Smoothie Girl

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Smoothie Advantages

Called by many different names depending on the guru who is pushing their version, smoothies are beginning to play a significant role in our quest for optimum health.

It seems that everyone has their favorite mixed smoothie concoction. Some smoothies consist of fruits only; others blend fruit and vegetable in various percentages depending on how much sugar they want while others use only vegetables. Yes, it true some of us the whole kitchen sink and include nuts, seed algaes, grasses and exotic super foods. (I will share my power smoothie recipe with you at the end of this article) The variations and additions of healthy ingredients that meet our individual health requirements make smoothies one of the most versatile health foods of the 21st century. So on to the advantages. Some major advantages are:

1. Smoothies leave in the fiber, most of the time, for most of us; fiber plays a crucial role in sustaining our health. The healthiest smoothie includes the skin of the fruits and vegetables, thereby providing the body with the maximum numbers of the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, micronutrients, polyphenols, phytonutrients.

2. Smoothies support a healthy digestive system. Unless we are very sick and unable to digest and assimilate food, smoothies are at the top of the list for giving the body what it needs, when it needs it. Because the much of the plant's cell walls have been broken down, the nutrients from smoothies can be assimilated into the bloodstream in as little as thirty minutes.

3. Since smoothies contain the complete fiber, they help balance our bodies electrolytes. The bacteria in our large and small intestines, digest parts of the fiber from the smoothies to make short chain fatty acids. These fatty acids inhibit the growth of unhealthy bacteria and help to maximize mineral absorption in the colon.

4. Smoothies preserve all the fiber, so you're fuller for longer and don't experience high and low energy swings or wild sugar cravings. Studies recently completed by Harvard researchers eating fruits and vegetables or drink them in blended forms (smoothies) lowers our risk of diabetes, Fruit and vegetable smoothies also have a cholesterol-lowering effects.

5. We now know that most of the anti-cancer fighting phytonutrients and polyphenols are bound up in the fiber, and thy are not released until they have reached the colon. Once again with smoothies we get the highest return on our investment in healthy foods.

6. When we drink our smoothies, we help the body support the good bacteria, which resided in the fiber. There are the healthy bacteria in the fiber, which help maintain bowel strength and structure, and create butyrate, which fuels the cells that line the colon. The whole process also stimulates and increases blood flow to the colon, keeping it healthy and freer from all disease, not just diseases of the colon.

Keep your nutrients intact. Blend for the shortest time possible.
Keep your nutrients intact. Blend for the shortest time possible. | Source

Smoothie Cautions

  1. Since smoothies contain the full complement of fiber found in the original vegetable or fruit, those people suffering from intestinal related illnesses may want to start off slowly, only drink a small amount of the smoothie mixture. They may wish to incorporate juicing into their diet, at least until their intestinal problems subside.
  2. The new blenders are very powerful especially the Vitamix, Blendtec and Nutri bullet brands. These blenders as well as the smaller less expensive kitchen models can produce heat if they are left on for extended periods of time. The heat combined with the continual aerating of the blades creates oxidation and decreases the enzyme activity.

The chewing motion setups up all the other steps in the digestion process.
The chewing motion setups up all the other steps in the digestion process. | Source

Smoothie Disadvantages

1. We forget to chew our food. The first green smoothies were invented by Dr. Ann Wigmore. She called them Energy Soup. Our instructions were to take the soup into our mouths and to chew on it 30 times before swallowing it. The chewing motion setups up all the other steps in the digestion process. We must chew the smoothies to get the salivary enzymes, secreting. This chewing action the pancreas to release pancreatic enzymes because the food is coming.

2. If you don't chew your smoothie, the chemical digestive juices are not unleashed, and you will not be able to assimilate all the nutrients. The undigested food ferments, which could lead to bad fungal, and bacterial overgrowth that will contribute to a host of health disorders.

3. I have observed friends and clients who become very ill, because they have overconsumed large quantities of sugary fruits, resulting in elevated blood sugar levels and metabolic imbalance.

Avoided these problems is easy and with just a little common sense, you can make smoothies make an excellent addition to your healthy lifestyle.

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My Favorite Morning Smoothie

Bobby's Bomber - This smoothie is a powerhouse.

In the order and the amounts, I put the ingredients into my Vitamix blender.

  • 2 cups of nut milk - I like to switch it up and mix it up, Almond, cashew, pumpkin, sunflower, coconut, etc.
  • 2 cups of organic baby spinach.
  • 2 cups organic baby kale.
  • 1 cup sunflower microgreens.
  • 1 apple - organic seeds left in and skin left on,
  • 1 banana - we keep frozen, no peels.
  • 1/2 cup papaya - chunks we keep frozen.
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries
  • 1 tablespoon of Amala - Indian Gooseberries have an incredible amount of antioxidants.
  • 1/2 avocado - If no avocado I will put in two tablespoons of coconut oil. You must have oil in the ALL your smoothies so you can assimilate the fat-soluble nutrients.
  • 2 tablespoons of maca - Men and women, you have to try this. Amazing for balancing the hormone
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax - Think Omega
  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds - Protein and Omega
  • 1 scoop Vegan protein powder - More protein.
  • 1 tablespoon organic blackstrap molasses - Optional. some weeks I use it when I feel I'm short on iron.
  • 1/2 lemon I usually don't do the peels. Stops oxidation.

Blend till smooth. Usually just a few seconds. Pour the smoothie into two 1 quart jars. Drink one for breakfast. Tightly cap and drink the second one for a mid-morning or after lunch snack. If the smoothie has gotten too thick, just pour off some of the smoothie into a glass and stir in water or nut milk until the smoothie is at the consistency you like.

Be creative, get in touch with what your body is needing. Make a smoothie that feeds your cells not yourself. Blessings, Bobby

Nothing like a nose ride at trestles beach on the marine base at Camp Pendleton in Cali... Those were the days :)  Back then we used our weak little blenders to make fruit drinks. The name "Smoothie" was not even thought of yet.
Nothing like a nose ride at trestles beach on the marine base at Camp Pendleton in Cali... Those were the days :) Back then we used our weak little blenders to make fruit drinks. The name "Smoothie" was not even thought of yet. | Source

Thank You For Reading This Article

I hope you have garnered enough information to help you decide whether juices or smoothies will best provide you with the nutrition you need to live a vibrant, healthy life. Which ever you choose my sincere hope is that you will start to drink more of them every day as part of your healthy lifestyle. My passion as a Holistic Practioner is to see the people I can reach live a full and healthy life. Thanks for reading this article and I sincerely hope it has enlightened you. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments section, or email them to me, and I will answer them ASAP.

Robert "Bobby" Morgan, Certified Naturopath and Holistic Practioner.

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      JP Carlos 21 months ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      This is really informative my friend. We love to buy fresh fruits and juice them. Some times we opt for smoothies. Either way we love the refreshing and healthy break. My daughter is now getting into the habit of eating and drinking healthier. I suppose modeling the right behavior goes a long way with 4 year old kids.

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      Robert Morgan 21 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Thanks for your comment JP. You live in a wonderful part of the world where I bet fresh fruits and vegetables are abundant. Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed week. Bobby

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Bobby,

      I learned so much here in this most informative hub. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I will share this hub with my son and his family as they are in to drinking smoothies. That is interesting and most important fact to know about chewing and digestion!

      What is the difference between prebiotic and probiotic ...forgive my ignorance.

      Blessings and peace

      Up +++ and sharing everywhere

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      Robert Morgan 21 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      wilHello Ms. Faith, I am so glad you found this hub informative. I'm always humbled by your taking the time to read my hubs. I noticed you said your family are into drinking smoothies. I would hope that you would also consider the incredible health benefits properly prepared smoothies can bring to us cancer surthrivors. I will not press the matter, but I would be more than happy to assist you, by providing you with a half dozen of my favorite recipes. Again I don't want to pester you; I just want to help if you need it. Now, to the prebiotics. The simplest way for me to explain them is that they are the carbohydrates in the fiber, from the smoothies that have not been digested. They are dinner for the probiotics. If you need a more technical answer, that will take a consultation, and my minimum cost is one million dollars :) Hope you and your family have had a blessed weekend. Bobby

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      The Stages Of ME 21 months ago

      Bobby ~Thank you so very much for this hub. I have been a person who at times relies on smoothies for nutrients. The information here in your hub is spot on and helpful. I was much better about my holistic health prior to my health battle. I am a tough though and find it merely a means to my end and part of my journey. Due to this little bump on my road swallowing at times is an issue, and nausea comes and goes. When I saw your recipe for Bobby's bomber I wanted to run to the kitchen and whip it up. I do, however, need a few of the ingredients, so I will not make it at 1:42 am LOL, nonetheless, I am excited to try it. My own smoothies have quite a few of the ingredients but not all. the ingredients mine lack sound like they truly would be a power boost for me on days when energy is limited and appetite suppressed. Thank you again, I learn much from you wisdom. Planning on using your tips more regularly after I take my youngest to school and we move homes in a few short weeks. I am looking forward to focusing on wellness even more so than I do now. I am already considered a walking miracle, wait until they see me run :) Blessing to you!

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      Buildreps 21 months ago from Europe

      Very informative article, Bobby. I used to make smoothy-like breakfasts, but that changed again (as everything changes). I now mainly stick to the Aryuvedic kitchen, with a lot of fresh fruit, seeds and nuts, that must be chewed :) Great information though! Thanks.

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      Robert Morgan 21 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Ms. Kathy, "We walk by faith, not by sight". Our healings are always happening, they are the little miracles that come upon us with every breath we take. As we relax and let The Spirit have all we are, exactly as we are, whether broken or well, we can be assured that this makes us one in heart with the perfect will of God. I feel that being in this place does not take any action on our parts, it just simply surrendering to Love. God's Love, God, is Love, Love is God.

      I can tell there is not much that I can share with you that you do not already know. You are already resting in The Spirit, and being healed by The Spirit. You were born for this moment in time, and your faith and trust in The Christ fills your body with The Spirit, who brings you miracle upon miracle.

      Thanks for your kind words and abut this hub, I also hope that you will get to make a Bobby's Bomber, LOL. I also have different types of smoothie recipes to address specific health challenges. I do not charge for them and would always freely share them with you. So, if there is anything I can do to assist you on your healing journey, please feel at peace in asking. Blessings, Bobby

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      Robert Morgan 21 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Buildreps, I am glad you found the article informative. You are so right about everything changing I have great respect for the Ayurvedic lifestyle, as there are many powerful life-enhancing aspects to it. I also love nuts and seeds, but find them easier for me to eat them in a blended for, as long as I don't forget to chew :) Talk to you soon, Bobby

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      Missy Smith 21 months ago from Florida

      This was a very useful article. I don't juice or drink smoothies; I'm ashamed to admit. I have thought about juicing, but thought I couldn't budget in a juicer machine. Now, I know I probably can fit it into my budget with a little research. However, I'm currently on the fence about going forward with it since reading the amount of fiber it takes out is a concern. Furthermore, plenty of my family members have diabetes, my mom for one. It was interesting to know eating fruits' help, but juicing them are harmful.

      As I read your article, I realized that there is a lot to learn about juicing and smoothies, and I'm kind of glad I read your article before I made that choice. I have a better understanding on which I should choose to do.

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      Robert Morgan 21 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Hi Missy, Hope this note finds you less confused about juicing and making smoothies. Keep in mind that neither juicing or blending is natural. The need for them arises, because of the small level of nutrients found in our foods grown, especially here in America. If you are eating foods grown in healthy soil, meaning earth filled with all the natural minerals needed to build and support your body, then I would not be a proponent of either of juicing or blending. In this case, I would reserve juice and smoothies for those with health challenges and to add variety and convenience to my lifestyle. Whole foods are always good, and living whole foods are always the very best. Blessings, Bobby

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      Larry Rankin 21 months ago from Oklahoma

      Personally, I would think smoothies are a little healthier, because you're imparting the full fruit or vegatible.

      Thought provoking read.

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      Robert Morgan 21 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Hi Larry, thanks for coming by and leaving your encouraging comment. I tend to agree with you as I usually save juicing for times when digestive issues are at the forefront of a health challenge. Wishing you the best day ever. Bobby

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      The Stages Of ME 21 months ago

      Thanks, Bobby ~

      Your words are so affirming our God always has us right where He wants us and doing exactly as He has designed. I love, How He loves us, and how awesome He is! When God fills our heart there is nothing that can form against it, as long as we seek Him, and even when we don't He is there, He is Love and He is everything. I am so glad you share the joy and passion of His abundant Love. We will shout His love from the mountain tops prayerfully obedient in hope that the sounds of His Glory and His grace meet many lost by the whispers of His Spirit.

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      catmalone 21 months ago

      Whether you juice or make smoothies, I think both are great. It depends on the quality of substance you use. Very great hub with useful information. The Bobby's Boomer smoothie looks awesome and healthy at the same time.

      Thanks for Sharing!

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      Robert Morgan 21 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Hi Cat, Thanks for your kind comment. Glad you found the information useful. Blessings, Bobby

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      autoimmune 21 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Bobby. well done for the Hubs you've written on natural nutritional food. We are so much in need of this natural sources of energy for our immune system.

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      Robert Morgan 21 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Thank you for your kind words. I hope to write more in the very near future. Blessings, Bobby

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      Barb Johnson 21 months ago from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

      Great informative hub Bobby! To be honest, I didn't know the difference between the two. I do now. Thanks!

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      Wendi Pembridge Skilling 21 months ago from Overland Park, KS

      I juice each morning with carrots, romaine lettuce, green apples, almonds, flax seeds, cucumbers, green peppers and ginger. I make a pure fruit smoothie every night, normally with black berries and blue berries and a few strawberries.

      Nothing makes me feel better! :)

      -Wendi

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      Robert Morgan 21 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Hi Barb, I'm happy you learned the differences between a smoothie and a juice. Now it's time to create a concoction that you will really enjoy. Blessings, Bobby

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      Robert Morgan 21 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Hi Wendi, All I can say is YUM. I love all the wonderful fruits, nuts and vegetables you put in your morning juice. I drink juice and/or smoothies throughout the day. Being at home most days makes it pretty easy. We are going to the Caribbean next week and we are taking our Vitamix and juicer with us. Blessings to you and your loved ones.

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Excellent hub. You've highlighted the pros and cons well. I'm planning to get a blender real soon. What's a maca?

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      Robert Morgan 21 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Hi Kristen, Hope you are having a wonderful Saturday. I also hope you get a blender ASAP. The smoothies you can make will give you more energy and raise your health quotient. As for Maca, well there are so many benefits that it will hard to list them here. In short Maca is a root vegetable that initially grew in the Andies. It is an energizer and has been called “Peruvian ginseng". It had high quantities of B vitamins, C, and E as well as calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous. The Inca's use to eat the dried powdered Maca root as they went into battle. For my women clients, I recommend Maca to relieve t cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression. The only women I don't recommend it to are pregnant or lactating ones. Maca is one superfood that's worth the money. Blessings, Bobby

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Hi Rawspirit, nice weather over here. I hope so for X-mas probably. I never heard of Maca before, except for Macadamia nuts. LOL I'm not sure my supermarkets have it but I can check.

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      Robert Morgan 21 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Kristen, You will need to purchase your Maca from a health food store or off of Amazon. Wishing you the best of health, Bobby

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Bobby. I'll take it under consideration.

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      Barb Johnson 21 months ago from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

      The thing is Bobby, I was always including the fiber with all my drinks. I scrubbed up all my fruits & veggies beforehand so I could. It's good though to know which is which and which to use for which purposes. So again, Thanks

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      Nadine May 21 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      My blender has given up so for the last six month Ive been eating yogurt with cut up fruit instead, but your Bobby's Bomber - powerhouse recipe have inspired me to be on the lookout for the new juicer. Nice hub.

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      Robert Morgan 21 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Thanks for the kind comments. Don'tunderestimat just eating the whole fruit. The only downside is trying to eat enough in one day. Blessings to all, Bobby.

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      FlourishAnyway 20 months ago from USA

      I should probably try this. I always wondered what the difference was.

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      Robert Morgan 20 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Both juices and smoothies offer powerful ways to nourish our bodies. Its just a matter of which one to drink at which stage. Blessings.

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      Kendra Dobson 16 months ago

      I want to make my own juices. I love green juice and smoothies, but I don't make my own right now. It's something that I will pick up one day in the future.

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