Juicing and Raw Foods

October 27, 2011
Pumpkin Juice
  • 2 cups fresh pumpkin, peeled and chopped up into chunks
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • Bit of honey
  • Cinnamon

This juice requires a blender and juicer

Juice the pumpkin pieces by squeezing through a cheesecloth or using a juicer if you have one. Pour the pumpkin juice, apple juice and pineapple juice into a blender. Add a spoon of honey to the juices and blend thoroughly. Pour and top with Cinnamon.

Nutritional Benefits:

Having a yellowish-orange color, pumpkin is rich in anti-oxidants and beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a vitamin that can be converted by the body into vitamin A. This helps the body in its process of regeneration, slowing down the aging process. Pumpkin pulp contains vitamins, especially pro-vitamin A, vitamins E and C, salts and minerals, carbon hydrates, and proteids. The seeds contain oil, proteids, resines and enzymes with antihelmintic properties.

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September 27, 2011
Benefits of Celery and Why it’s Good for Weight Loss

What is Celery?

 Apium graveolens is a plant species in the family Apiaceae commonly known as celery (var. dulce) or celeriac (var. rapaceum), depending on whether the petioles (stalks) or roots are eaten. Apium graveolens is used around the world as a vegetable, either for the crisp petiole (leaf stalk) or the fleshy top-root.

Celery seeds can be used as a spice, either as whole seeds or ground and mixed with salt, as celery salt. Celery salt can also be made from an extract of the roots. Celery salt is also used as a seasoning.

Medicine

Celery SeedsThe use of celery seed in pills for relieving pain was described by Aulus Cornelius Celsus around 30 AD. Celery seeds contain a compound, 3-N-butyl-phthalide, that has been demonstrated to lower blood pressure in rats.  Bergapten in the seeds can increase photosensitivity, so the use of essential oil externally in bright sunshine should be avoided. However, this is a potentially useful action in psoriasis, with caution, and celery, along with other umbellifers, is one of the vegetables to be included in the diet as a source of psoralens for this purpose according to herbalists. This may constitute a risk factor, though, in skin cancer. The oil and large doses of seeds should be avoided during pregnancy, as they can act as a uterine stimulant. Seeds intended for cultivation are not suitable for eating as they are often treated with fungicides.

A common use for the seeds is as a “blood purifier”, and it is sometimes taken for arthritis.

Celery stalksNutrition & Weight Loss

Celery is used in weight-loss diets, where it provides low-calorie dietary fibre bulk. Celery is often called a “negative calorie food”.

Celery juice is highly hydrating and incredibly alkalizing. It equalizes the body’s PH, which is vital for peak health. In ancient times, it was considered a medicinal herb used to treat a variety of health complaints. The minerals and vitamins and nutrients are in perfect harmony with each other. Celery leaves are high in vitamin A, whilst the stems are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C and dense in potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and essential amino acids.

This super food also contains important concentrations of plant hormones and the very special essential oils that give celery its characteristic smell. These oils help to regulate the nervous system, and are very calming.

Celery is rich in a sodium that is different from table salt. Normal table salt is composed of insoluble inorganic compounds which lead to the development of varicose veins, hardening of the arteries and other aliments. If salt, including sea salt is white, then it has been processed and all minerals and nutrients have been destroyed.  On the other hand, the sodium that is in celery is soluble and organic (live), and is essential for the body. Organic salt allows the body to use the other nutrients that are taken into the body.

Juicing Celery | How to improve the taste

Celery Juice alone is not recommended because of the taste, but it is highly recommended to add to just about any juice.  To juice primarily Celery you should add an apple and either a lemon or small chunk of ginger to make the taste more pleasant.

Celery Juice for weight loss

The Benefits of Celery Juice

Fights Cancer – Celery is known to contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds. A study at Rutgers University of New Jersey found that celery contains a number of compounds that help prevent cancer cells from spreading. Celery contains compounds called acetylenics and this compound has been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells. Celery contains other compounds called phonolic acids that block the action of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which encourage the growth of tumor cells. Coumarins, another phytonutrient in celery helps prevent free-radicals from damaging cells and prevent the formation and development of the colon and stomach cancers.

Lowers Cholesterol – Butyl phthalide, a chemical in celery, helps to reduce bad cholesterol. According to researchers at the University of Chicago, celery reduces cholesterol levels by as much as 7 points with as little as 2 stalks a day.

Diuretic & Aids in Digestion – The potassium and sodium in celery juice are powerful body fluid regulators that stimulate urine production to help flush out excess fluid. Celery has been used as a diuretic for centuries.

Anti Inflammatory – The polyacetylene in celery is an amazing relief for all inflammation including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma and bronchitis. Studies have found that another powerful phytonutrient called luteolin prevents activation of a pathway that allows inflammation in the brain to get switched on.

Lower blood pressure – Chinese medicine has known of Celery’s potential for reducing high blood pressure for a long time and studies show that drinking celery juice every day for 1 week can significantly help accomplish this. A compound called phtalides helps relax the muscles around the arteries, dilating the vessels and allowing blood to flow smoothly. Pthalides also reduce stress hormones that cause blood vessels to constrict. Researchers injected 3-n-butyl phthalide derived from celery into laboratory animals and their blood pressure dropped 12 to 14 percent.

Insomnia – Celery juice have a calming effect on the nervous system, which makes it beneficial for insomniacs.

Weight loss – Celery helps with weight loss because it is very low in calories and has a lot of filling fiber.

Elimination and Prevention of stones – Celery juice is an amazing eliminator of toxins from the body, which aids in the breaking and elimination of urinary and gall bladder stones.

Immune System – Celery has a high amount of vitamin C which promotes a healthy immune system.

Allergies:

Celery is among a small group of foods (headed by peanuts) that appear to provoke the most severe allergic reactions; for people with celery allergy, exposure can cause potentially fatal anaphylactic shock. The allergen does not appear to be destroyed at cooking temperatures. Celery root—commonly eaten as celeriac, or put into drinks—is known to contain more allergen than the stalk. Seeds contain the highest levels of allergen content. Exercise-induced anaphylaxis may be exacerbated. An allergic reaction also may be triggered by eating foods that have been processed with machines that have previously processed celery, making avoiding such foods difficult. In contrast with peanut allergy being most prevalent in the US, celery allergy is most prevalent in Central Europe

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September 16, 2011
Goji Berries | Why are they so beneficial?

What are Goji Berries and why is it so powerful?

Goji Berries in raw form taste great either as a snack or on a salad.  You can easily find some at a Whole Foods and if you haven’t tried them then I would recommend grabbing a bag. They are a bit expensive but worth it. They really do taste quite good.

Goji berries are a bright orange-red berry that comes from a shrub that’s native to China and in Asia, goji berries have been eaten for generations in the hopes of living longer.  Scientists have discovered the Goji Berry to be one of the most nutritionally dense fruits on the planet.  Goji Berries contain special polysaccharides which fortify your immune system and are responsible for controlling your body’s most important defense systems. Scientists attribute most of goji’s amazing health properties to these special polysaccharides

Over time, people have used goji berries to treat many common health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, fever, and vision problems. Goji berries are eaten raw, cooked, or dried (like raisins) and are used in herbal teas, juices, wines, and medicines.

History of Goji Berries:

Goji BerriesSome early Himalayan healers recognized the power of the goji berry and utilized the goji vine which flourished in the valleys of the Himalayas for thousands of years. These healers shared their knowledge of the goji berry and its powerhouse nutritional properties with the herbalists of Tibet, China, and India, who in turn took goji berries back home with them where they continued to spread the word about their nutritional power.

There are many varieties of goji berry, grown in many parts of the world, and as the popularity of the berry continues to grow, more and more varieties will likely appear as the vine is cultured for mass profit. But the most powerful and nutrient rich goji berries still come from the vines of Himalayan mountain valleys.

What Are the Benefits of Goji Berries?

Research shows that eating berries of any type offers some definite health benefits. Berries are filled with powerful antioxidants and other compounds that may help prevent cancer and other illnesses, including heart disease. Antioxidants may also boost the immune system and lower cholesterol.

Eating foods high in antioxidants tends to slow the aging process by minimizing damage from free radicals that injure cells and damage DNA. When a cell’s DNA changes, the cell grows abnormally. Antioxidants prevent the destructive power of free radicals and in doing so they help reduce the risk of most serious diseases.

Many studies using goji berry juice founds benefits in mental well-being, calmness, happiness, quality of sleep, and feel healthy.

Goji Berries Contain:

  • 19 Different Amino Acid
  • More Vitamin C Than Oranges
  • Wide Variety Of Antioxidants-best source of carotenoids of known foods
  • B-complex Vitamins
  • Vitamin E
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Betaine

Health Benefits:

  • Protects the liver
  • Helps eyesight
  • Increases metabolic activity
  • Boosts immune function
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves sexual function and fertility
  • Promotes longevity
  • Brings life support to the blood and all internal organs
  • Rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants, and particularly carotenoids
  • May prevent the growth of cancer cells
  • May reduce blood glucose and lower cholesterol levels
  • Goji has unique bioactive polysaccharides (LBP)

Do Goji Berries Have Side Effects?

There may be some possible herb-drug interactions. If you take warfarin (a blood thinner), you may want to avoid goji berries. Goji berries may also interact with diabetes and blood pressure drugs.  Also, if you have pollen allergies, you may want to stay away from this fruit. However, when eaten in moderation, goji berries are safe. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

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August 31, 2011
Mint – Add a Refreshing Taste To Your Raw Fruit and Veggie Juices

Mint is one of the most refreshing and welcomed herbal flavors we all love.  Types of mint herb  include applemint, water mint, horsemint, pineapple mint, orange mint, pennyroyal and spearmint.  Peppermint and spearmint is probably the most widely used species. This herb is known to have originated in Asia and the Mediterranean region and the ancient Greeks named the plant after the mythical character Minthe. According to Greek myth, Minthe or Menthe as she is also known, was a river nymph.  In many cultures, mint symbolized hospitality and was offered as a sign of welcome and friendship to guests as they arrived. In the Middle East mint tea is still served to guests on their arrival, whilst in ancient Greece, the leaves of mint were rubbed onto the dining table, which was a sign of their warm greeting. The Greeks and the Romans used it as a perfume and a bath scent, as well as using it in medicine and in cooking.

Juicing

Mint in fresh raw food juiceUsing Mint in Juicing is a good way to make your juices more refreshing.  You really need to juice it in the right juicer, which is a gear juicer. Although I’ve been mildly successful in a centrifugal juicer it is not recommended because it only chops it up and thus provides very little juice. Juicers designed for leafy greens is needed to properly take advantage of adding mint.  Adding enough of it can really make a refreshing after taste that will stick with you awhile. I really recommend trying it. The times that I tried adding it to my juices made it taste quite spectacular.

Mint (Minta Spacata) Nutritional Content

100 grams has:
Calories 48
Protein 4.8 g
Fat .06 g
Fiber 2 g
Calcium 200 mg
Iron 15.6 mg
Vitamin C 27 mg
Carbohydrates 5.8 mg

Mint is rich in Vitamins A and C and also contains smaller amounts of Vitamin B2. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant and may help to decrease the risk of certain cancers such as colon and rectal cancer. Although it may be consumed in small quantities, the vital nutrients obtained are still beneficial to one’s health. Mint also contains a wide range of essential minerals such as manganese, copper, iron, potassium and calcium.

Medicinal Properties

Mint has always been used medicinally to aid digestion and relieve indigestion.  Menthol, which is obtained from peppermint oil, is well known for its healing properties on the chest and respiratory system. leaf tea is used to treat indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, colds, headache and cramps.

This herb has in many cases proven to:

  • Relieve symptoms of indigestion, heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome by relaxing the muscles in and around the intestine.
  • Act as a powerful antioxidant, protecting the body against the formation of cancerous cells.
  • Inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria and fungus.
  • Ease and unblock the breathing and respiratory passages and airways.
  • Relieves the symptoms of colds and flu.
  • Can help with nasal allergies.
  • It can relieve congestion, head colds and headaches.
  • Act as a mild sedative and has calming properties.
  • Relieve minor aches and pains such as muscle cramps and sprains.
  • Combat bad breath.
  • Provides a cooling sensation to the skin and can help to treat minor burns, itching and skin irritations.
  • A very good cleanser for the blood.
  • In tea it can help clear up skin disorders such as acne.
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