What are Some Health Benefits of Juice?

Pomegranate juice.
Pears help sweeten a fruit juice.
Shots of wheatgrass juice.
Cranberry juice.
Red grape juice may prevent heart disease just as effectively as red wine.
Homemade juice can be substituted for one serving of vegetables or fruits.
Juice made from apples is common in most store-bought blends.
Carrots are sweet and high in vitamin A, making them ideal for juicing.
Vegetable juice is high in mineral and vitamin content.
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  • Written By: Tricia Ellis-Christensen
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Many health benefits of juice are indisputable, but people may be confused because many reports on health, especially those concerning calorie consumption, warn against drinking too much of it or to avoid it completely. In particular, parents are told not to offer their kids fruit juice, but instead to stick to milk or water, and while the intention of saving children from obesity is a good idea, these warnings may go overboard slightly.

Juice of any kind can be an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, and many juices are chock full of potassium, which helps to balance sodium in the body. It can also be difficult to get the recommended three to five servings of vegetables and fruits per day, and substituting a glass of juice helps give people one serving. Though vegetable juice is undoubtedly typically higher in mineral and vitamin content, colored fruit juices — especially those that are deep dark reds or blues — are excellent too. Citrus juices can be also be a great source of vitamin C.

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The health benefits of juice usually aren’t equivalent to the health benefits of eating the fruits or vegetables from which they’re made. One thing most people eliminate when they substitute juice for fruit is fiber. Even when people drink some of the pulp left over from making juice, they aren’t getting the same high quality fiber that they would if they crunched on an apple or consumed a carrot instead. Since many peoples’ diets are too low in dietary fiber, it’s important not to only use juice as a means of getting fruit and vegetable servings.

Additionally, health benefits of juice tend to be mitigated by the types of juice consumed. Apple juice or white grape juice is inferior to red grape juice and cranberry juice. Many people buy juice that is blended, and the principal components are apple, grape or pear juices which help sweeten any other fruit juices added.

Those looking for benefits from specific types of fruits should look to juices made solely from those fruits and avoid mixes of less nutritious juices. Look for 100% pomegranate juice for instance, instead of a mix. It’s also important to make sure that a juice isn’t sweetened with sugar or corn syrup, which may degrade its nutritional value.

Certain fruits and their juices may have particular health benefits. Cranberry juice has been shown to reduce incidence of bladder infections. Red grape juice may reduce blood clotting and some studies have found it to be as effective as red wine in prevention of heart disease. Most fruits with deep colors have anthocyanins, which might help lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and overall the high content of antioxidants in a majority of deep colored juices and those containing high levels of vitamin C, can have anti-aging benefits.

It is true that most juices made from fruit are higher in calories and have higher sugar content than the actual fruit. When anyone makes juice, it can take a lot of fruit or vegetables to produce a single glass of it. While people should take advantage of the health benefits of juice, they shouldn’t overdo it. Many doctors who favor juice recommend drinking no more than eight ounces (.24 liters) per day to avoid consuming too many calories. Note that many of the benefits of these juices are also even more available in the fruits and veggies that produce them, and people may want to substitute juice for one serving of fruits or vegetables a day, but not for all servings.

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fify
Post 4

When I was a kid, my parents would make me drink carrot juice so that I would have good eye sight because carrots have a lot of vitamin A. I tried a store brand of it the other day and it was not the same. The best way to have it is to use a fruit juice maker and make it fresh at home. It's yummy.

Another juice I love is tomato juice. I actually use it to clear up my acne. I just apply it on my face for a few minutes and then wash it off.

Which fruit juices do you drink or use and why?

turquoise
Post 3

I had heard of the health benefits of pomegranate juice but never had any because I'm not much of a fruit juice person. I eat fruits but mainly apples, oranges and bananas.

Last year though, I was pregnant with my daughter and my hemoglobin levels was a little over 10. This is a protein in the red blood cells and normally, it should be between 12 and 16. My doctor recommended pomegranates. I had pure pomegranate juice every day and my levels improved greatly within a month.

I heard that it is also good for menstrual problems and anemia as well. I recommend pomegranate juice, its awesome!

burcidi
Post 2

I think the best way to benefit from fruit juice without getting an overload of calories that leads to weight gain is to have it first thing in the morning or right after exercise. This is how I have my fruit juice.

I had learned back in biology classes that fructose- the sugar in fruit- mixes into the blood very quickly. So it makes most sense to have it when you need more sugar and energy. We spend such a long time in the night without eating, so having fruit juice seems to stable my blood sugar, and I don't feel like I've been starving throughout the morning.

When I exercise also, I feel really tired and hungry very quickly afterward. My hands actually start shaking. I've found that if I keep a bottle of fruit juice and have it right after exercise, I don't have this problem.

spasiba
Post 1

It is better to eat the whole fruit rather than to drink juice.

And it is much better to to drink freshly made juice than bottled juice.

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