by April McCarthy
Both blended smoothies and juicing can offer significant benefits in nutrient absorption and maximizing the nutritional spectrum of whole fruits and vegetables. Some combinations yield more concentrated nutrients while others are exceptional in taste. Here are a dozen different combinations which have both.
The nutrients from fresh fruit and vegetables have a much greater impact in preventing heart disease and other illnesses if the fresh juice or smoothie is consumed regularly rather than every once in a while.
The proportions of each ingredient are not that important, as you will find the blend, consistency and taste that works best for you.
Concord Grapes are another great source of very powerful antioxidants and are a great source of fibre. There is also research that suggests they can help keep your heart healthy and contribute in reducing blood pressure.
Blueberries are another type of fruit that contain a lot of antioxidants. They also hold lots of fiber and are a great source of Vitamin C. The antioxidants found in blueberries can help to lower inflammation, which indicates that they may have a positive effect on age-related declines in cognitive abilities.Cranberry Juice
Cranberries are, like the rest of these fruit juices, very high in antioxidants. They are also another good source of Vitamin C. A slightly more unique benefit of cranberries however, is that they’ve been shown to help slow the build-up of bacteria in the bladder, which can help to protect against urinary tract infections.
Orange Juice is the most widely consumed fruit juice, and for good reason. It’s another juice with high levels of antioxidants and as everybody knows, is packed full of Vitamin C, which is good for your ligaments, tendons, skin, blood vessels and bones. Good old OJ also contains 500mg of potassium in every glass, which helps to maintain your body’s water and acid balance.
The benefits of Apple Juice are only now beginning to be fully understood. Recent studies show a glass a day can help heart health due to a high concentration of phytonutrients. Apple Juice is also high in fiber and Vitamin C.
Tomato Juice contains phytonutrients including lycopene, beta-carotene, Vitamin E and more. In addition to reducing inflammation, regular consumption of Tomato Juice has been linked to helping to lower blood pressure, and it may even bolster immune function.
Carrot Juice has one of the highest concentrations of vitamin A of any food, which can help strengthen defective eyesight. It’s a good source of B vitamins and contains minerals including calcium, chlorine, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and sulphur.