Juicing with fresh fruits and vegetables can be beneficial to any adult’s health—as long as it’s done right.
We believe that all fruit and veg is good for you, no matter the shape or consistency. That’s why we’ve highlighted some of the best fruits and veg that you need to try this season, in order to build a strong immune system before the cold and flu season. These juices are a great way to keep all health levels high and ensure your body is full of essential vitamins, potassium, calcium and more!
While juicing is also a great way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet, eating them whole and raw is just as good for you, if not better. However, if you have difficulty including the recommended number of servings of vegetables into your diet each day, juicing may be the trick. Some of the best vegetables for juicing includes:
Despite its slim nature, a single stick of celery contains high amounts of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, and potassium. Make sure to also juice the green leaves because they have the highest potassium content.
Rich in vitamin K and vitamin E, broccoli contains antioxidants that protect cells from free radicals. It also has vitamin B and vitamin C that help boost immunity.
Wheatgrass is an excellent source of many different vitamins and minerals. It is especially high in vitamins A, C and E, as well as iron, magnesium, calcium and amino acids.
Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and E, along with iron, calcium, potassium, protein and choline.
The humble cucumber has a 95% water content which makes it a great juice base and offers you excellent hydration benefits!
Carrots contain plenty of vitamins, including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin B8, and numerous minerals such as potassium, copper, iron and manganese.
What you put in your juice can make a great difference. Fruits are higher in sugar and calories than vegetables. Drinking pure fruit juice can increase blood sugar so in order to keep the sugar content at a minimum, try juicing vegetables and then add a small piece of fruit, like an apple or kiwi, if you want to add a little more sweetness.
Some great fruits to juice include:
Grapes are typically a good source of eye-healthy lutein and zeaxanthin, and the skin of red grapes is particularly good as it is a source of heart-healthy resveratrol.
Peaches are a source of immune-boosting and cancer-fighting vitamin C and eye-healthy vitamin A. Peaches are also a good source of potassium.
Tomatoes are also an excellent source of the electrolyte, potassium that plays a role in hydration and can be beneficial to boost electrolyte stores pre-workout.
Watermelon is another great seasonal fruit to add to your juice, and especially if you spend time being active.
Strawberries are a great addition to your juice– again similar to peaches they’re easier to juice if they’re a bit less ripe. Strawberries are a good source of a cancer-fighting compound called anthocyanins. It also contains immune-boosting vitamin C, and is also a source of bone-healthy magnesium, which aids in the absorption of calcium.
The fruit and vegetables we’ve chosen cover a variety of colours which is great evidence that they include a variety of nutrients, phytonutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants. The greater the variety of fruits and vegetables you eat, the more benefits you’ll receive.