I love juicing. It has really opened me up to eating healthier foods. A lot of studies show there is no benefit to juicing fruits and veggies compared to eating the fruits and veggies whole. The biggest benefit comes from the fact that juicing increases the amount of fruits and veggies you consume. It is much easier to drink 2 cucumbers than it is to eat them. Because you are eating a higher quantity of fruits and veggies, you are also fueling your body with more vitamins and minerals. I decided to do some research and found a website that calculates the nutritional content of homemade juices. Follow along as I discuss the benefits of certain vitamins and minerals in the most recent juice I made. I focused on the ones that made up 50% or more of the daily recommended value.
Potassium contains electrolytes. Electrolytes give your body the electricity it needs to do important functions like regulate fluids, send nerve signals, and regulate muscle contractions. Potassium helps regulate cell balance between inner fluids and fluids surrounding the cell. It makes sure the cell doesn’t shrink or swell too much. Nerve signals are caused by sodium entering cells and potassium leaving cells. Nerve signals are necessary for the brain to control the body to do many actions, including contracting the muscles.
Vitamin A converts light that enters your eye to a signal sent to your brain which makes it essential for eyesight. It prevents conditions like night blindness and age related eyesight decline. Vitamin A also helps support the immune system. It does this by supporting mucous barriers that protect vulnerable areas from infection and helps produce white blood cells. White blood cells remove bacteria from the bloodstream. Finally, Vitamin A has been linked to reduction in cancer, reduction in cancer, healthy reproductive growth, and healthy bones.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant. Antioxidants help protect the body from free radicals. Vitamin C also reduces blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels. White blood cells, which help support the immune system, are produced and protected by Vitamin C. Finally, Vitamin C is linked to a decrease in dementia due to its antioxidant properties and it helps absorb iron.
I mentioned that Vitamin C helps absorb iron. That is important because iron is necessary for carrying oxygen throughout he blood. If you don’t have enough oxygen moving throughout your body you can become fatigued.
Folate is important for gene and cell maintenance. It is partially responsible for turning genes on and off. Folate also helps with growth of red blood cells and maintains a healthy function. Low folate can cause abnormal cell growth which leads to cancer.
Vitamin B-6 is responsible for creating neurotransmitters that regulate emotion. These neurotransmitters can increase mood which can decrease depression.
Vitamin K produces a certain protein important for blood and bone health. It makes sure your blood clots properly. Vitamin K also helps prevents minerals from hardening in the blood which reduces blood pressure.
Copper is necessary in the production of red blood cells. It also helps keep those cells healthy and protects them from damage. Copper also helps the body produce collagen which is good for the bones and tissue. It is also another nutrient that helps the body absorb iron to keep oxygen flowing throughout the body. Finally, copper is helpful in converting sugar into energy for the body.
Phosphorus is necessary for energy, vitamins, and minerals. It manages how the body uses and stores them. Phosphorus also supports cell growth, maintenance, and repair. Finally, phosphorus builds RNA and DNA, filters kidney waste, and supports nerve conduction.
As you can see, juicing can help your body get so many nutrients necessary for many functions. Yes, you may be able to get the same amount of nutrients from eating 2 apples, 2 cucumbers, 2 oranges, and an entire bunch of kale, but it is much more convenient to juice these fruits and veggies and drink them on the go.