Juice provides an easy way to consume the antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables.
What is Juice?
Federal government guidelines recommend consuming from five to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables each day, depending on factors such as age, caloric intake and activity level. However, research indicates that only 30 percent of Americans meet the minimal standard of five servings per day. Juicing provides a simple way to increase overall fruit and vegetable consumption and makes it easy to add a variety of fruits and vegetables to the diet, even those that aren’t as palatable when eaten whole.**
Although fresh juicing has long been prized by health-conscious and raw-food enthusiasts, it is not as convenient or affordable as fruit and vegetable juices found in bottles and cartons. Today, so-called “superfruits” – or high polyphenolic fruits and berries such as mangosteen, noni, pomegranate, blueberries and goji berries – are widely available in bottled form, making it easier than ever to get the healthy plant compounds for overall wellness, including heart health and joint comfort.**
Some of today’s most popular fruits and vegetables for juicing include:
- Tart Cherry: The fruit of the Prunus avium tree, tart cherries contain rich concentrations of the antioxidant anthocyanin. Long prized in the folk wellness traditions of China, Greece and South Asia, these small, sour fruits modulate inflammation, support brain function and accelerate recovery after athletic performance and exercise.**
- Cherry + Probiotics: When combined with probiotics (beneficial bacteria) juiced cherry helps to promote both digestive health and immune system function. The fruit’s flavonoids are linked to joint comfort, clear respiration and cardiovascular health.**
- Nopal Cactus: Derived from the pads of the prickly pear cactus, nopal holds a place in the culinary and healing traditions of Mexico. Supplying vitamin C, beta-carotene, iron, protein and many other nutrients, this exotic cactus is associated with balanced blood lipids and blood sugar.**
- Pomegranate: The ruby-red seeds of pomegranate are bursting with vitamin C, along with other antioxidants, inflammation-modulators and anti-microbial compounds. Used for thousands of years in Asia and the Middle East, the fruit is linked with cardiovascular wellness and exercise recovery.**
- Goji: For more than 2,000 years, the fruits of the Lycium chinensis plant have been prized by Chinese wellness practitioners for their liver- and cardio-protective properties. Goji supplies vitamins A and C along with minerals and an array of antioxidants.**
- Noni: Derived from the tropical Morinida citrifolia shrub, noni has been a staple in Polynesian wellness traditions for centuries. The pungent fruit is used to promote flexible joints, strong bones and healthy skin. Noni contains potent phytochemicals known as anthraquinones that are considered its active ingredient.**
- Mangosteen: Known as the “queen of fruits,” mangosteen has long been prized in Southeast Asian cultures for its ability to support and maintain digestive tract health. Scientific studies show that the fruit contains xanthones, or bioactive antioxidants.**
- Blueberry: Blueberries contain high levels of anthocyanins, as well as ellagic acid, vitamin C and other beneficial phytonutrients. Blueberry nutrition is linked with cardiovascular wellness, healthy neural function, and healthy aging benefits.**
These supplements are often presented in concentrate form in bottles ranging from eight fluid ounces to over thirty fluid ounces. Some juice supplements may also be presented in powdered form and reconstituted with water.**
Juice Product Directions for Use
There is no set dosage for fruit and vegetable concentrates. Always consult your health care professional before starting any routine supplementation.**