But where do its substantial powers come from?
Here we’ll give you the lowdown on the nutrition science behind our green juice #meangreen ,
Starting with these 7 key ingredients:
Cukes are widely admired for reducing inflammation when applied directly to the skin, but they work all kinds of wonders inside the body, too. Cucumbers have phytosterols, which help lower cholesterol levels, as well as electrolytes (such as potassium), important for keeping blood pressure regulated. They’re also majorly hydrating - thanks to a high water content.
The old adage holds as true today as ever: an apple a day keeps the doctor away J. Eating apples has been shown to help lower the risk of certain types of cancer, thanks partly to their bountiful antioxidants. These nutrients, and high soluble fiber content (yes that’s the fiber that’s in your juice!), can also help bring down cholesterol.
A prodigious source of calcium, iron, copper, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamins A and C, kale is low calorie and yet powerfully nutrient-dense. Kale’s also got compounds, like lutein, that enhance eye and skin health. It’s far better to get your lutein from eating or juicing kale than from supplements.
Hankering for a natural, Vitamin C-packed, anti-nausea metabolism- and immune-supporting addition to your juice? Lemons got your back! Just smelling a fresh lemon can help calm a queasy stomach… it’s true! For a less bitter taste, peel your lemons first. And hey—don’t forget to put some in warm water for a morning refreshment that starts your day on the right foot!
Broccoli has a powerful, positive impact on your body's detoxification system. Glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin are 3 glucosinolate phytonutrients found in a special combination in broccoli. This titanic trio is able to support all the steps in your body's natural cleansing process. Also, broccoli may help us resolve our vitamin D deficiency problem. Broccoli has an unusually potent mix of both vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) and vitamin K. For people faced with the need to replenish vitamin D stores, broccoli is an ideal food.
Above and beyond the individual benefits of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients sealed up in each ingredient, the act of juicing them might have additional advantages:
It emerged in a recent study that men who drink fresh vegetable juice with ingredients like kale - compared to commercial vegetable juice - have substantially lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels after only 4 weeks.
Juicing may also help to augment the body’s ability to use certain nutrients bound up by insoluble fibers.
While eating is, of course, a vital way of getting nutrients - including the insoluble fibers so important for hunger control and blood sugar management - juicing can also be a great addition to any diet. For people with bowel concerns, eating salads or a big bowl of veggies in raw form can be a real challenge. Juicing offers them an option to get these vital nutrients easily and comfortably.
By Jamie Schelz
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