juicing a rainbow
Fresh fruits and vegetables are packed full of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and live enzymes that help to cleanse and rebuild the cells in our bodies from the inside out. If we are not eating enough fruits and vegetables in our daily diet we may be lacking nutrients that are vital for good health.
For whatever reason, there are times in our life when our diet is out of control or we just need a bit of extra help to maximise our intake of nutrients. Through juicing we can dramatically increase our nutrient intake by consuming much more of the goodness from fruits and vegetables than we could possibly eat. Pure raw juice is absorbed directly into our bloodstream within about 15 minutes.
Fruits and vegetables are a great source of antioxidants
The cells in our bodies are constantly under attack from free radicals that are generated due to stress. This can be stress in our bodies as a result of fighting infections or inflammation, or stress from the external environment which includes radiation, pollution and pesticides. As we age free radicals accumulate leading to cellular damage and diseases including diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease and cancer...read more.
Antioxidants are powerful molecules which can neutralise these free radicals reducing the damaging effect on our bodies. Fruits and vegetables are a primary source of natural antioxidants so increasing our intake of these can contribute to disease prevention.
There are many different antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables some of which contribute to the colour of the produce:
- anthocyanins are abundant in blue, red and purple foods like blueberries, grapes, red cabbage and aubergines
- carotenoids are high in orange, yellow and red foods like carrots, sweet potatoes and red peppers
- lycopenes are high in red apples, tomatoes and watermelons
Green leafy vegetables are also a great source of antioxidants, particularly carotenoids, but the colour is masked by chlorophyll. The easiest way to ensure you are consuming a wide range of antioxidants is to eat or juice a rainbow.