11 Juicing Ingredients to Always Have on Hand

Juicing Ingrediants
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Apple – A fruit that can lend a subtle sweetness to vegetable juice, apples contain vitamin C, phytochemicals, and quercetin, a phytochemical also found in green tea, tomato, broccoli, and green leafy vegetables. The whole apple, except for the core and seeds, can be juiced.

Beets – A good source of potassium and folate, beets are also rich in betaine, a nutrient which may have numerous health benefits.

In alternative medicine, beets are thought to be cleansing for the liver, kidneys, and gallbladder. Beet juice can stain, so it’s best to scrub the root and leave the skin on, although it will still need to be cut into pieces before juicing.

Beet greens have vitamin K, magnesium, iron, potassium, and the antioxidant lutein. Although they don’t keep for as long as beets do (beet greens should be used immediately), they may be juiced and not wasted.

Carrots – Known for being a rich source of beta-carotene, carrots are a staple juicing ingredient. They should be scrubbed before juicing. The carrot tops should not be juiced.

Celery – Rich in natural sodium, celery may can counteract the bitterness of certain dark green leafy vegetables. The stalks and leaves can be used. Wash them thoroughly before juicing and cut into pieces or strips if necessary.

Cucumber – With a high water content and mild taste, cucumber are great for diluting the stronger tasting vegetables in juice.

Cucumber is rich in potassium and has natural diuretic properties. The skin should be peeled prior to juicing if it has been waxed.

Ginger – Although ginger has a strong flavor, when a small knob of it is juiced with other vegetables, its unique taste can shine, especially when it is paired with lemon.

The active ingredients are gingerols and shogaols, which speed the movement of food through the digestive tract, relieve nausea, and may promote the release of digestive enzymes.

Kale – There are a variety of vitamins and minerals in kale, such as vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as the phytochemicals lutein and zeaxanthin. Kale (and dark leafy green vegetable) consumption has been linked to a lower risk of certain diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. After washing the leaves, roll them up along the stem and feed them through the juicer.

Lemon – With vitamin C, antioxidants, and a unique flavor, lemon is a valuable juicing ingredient. The peel can taste bitter, so be sure to remove it before juicing.

Parsley – A digestive stimulant, parsley has chlorophyll and beta-carotene and is thought to be a diuretic. As a juicing ingredient, a little goes a long way, so add just a few sprigs for each glass of juice.

Romaine lettuce – A salad green with vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese and chromium, romaine lettuce is also a great juicing ingredient because it’s firm stems make it the leaves easy to roll up and feed into a juicer.

Spinach – Rich in iron, potassium, vitamins A, C, E and K, choline, folate, chlorophyll and magnesium, spinach is also an excellent source of lutein, an antioxidant which may help to decrease the risk of age-related macular degeneration. 

Precautions

It's best to rotate fruits and vegetables and avoid using too much of one type of produce. For example, raw cruciferous vegetables (such as cabbage, broccoli, kale, watercress, radishes, and collard greens) contain glucosinolates that may inhibit iodine intake and interfere with thyroid function. Another example is oxalic acid, found naturally in spinach, swiss chard, watercress, parsley, beets, nuts, and some fruits such as berries. Certain people, such as those with kidney disorders, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and certain types of vulvodynia are usually advised to follow a lower oxalic acid diet.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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