We Love Fruit!
The medicinal value of fruit is found in a feast of vitamins and minerals, anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory substances and phyto-nutrients (plant derived micronutrients). They all work synergistically to create a safe haven for your body protecting it against disease and maximising the way it functions.
So let’s take a closer look at the facts on fruit
- They are a good source of soluble dietary fibre
- They boost your immune system
- Their life-sustaining properties rejuvenate cells, tissue and organs
- They help bowel movement, detoxifying your body of harmful toxins
- Fruit are good for your bones, nails, teeth, hair and skin, by eating more, you will love the skin you’re in.
Fruit and Fibre
Some fruit are a rich source of soluble fibre.
Fibre comprises the indigestible part of a plant and goes through the body unchanged. This is necessary so that fibre can absorb large amounts of water in the body and play an effective colon cleansing role.
Water absorption in the colon also retains moisture in the fecal matter thus allowing easy excretion out of the body. This prevents conditions such as constipation, haemorrhoids, gall stones, kidney stones, hypoglycaemia, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Fibre also plays an important part in controlling high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Fruit such as apple, pear, banana, blackberries are particularly high in fibre. Other fruit with a good fibre source include apricots, blueberries, grapefruit, guava, oranges, prunes, raisins and raspberries.
And one of the best way of getting all of the perfect nutrition from fruit of course is by juicing!
Juicing offers incredible health benefits and is the quickest way of giving your body an instant boost of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Juice from raw fruit and vegetables is packed with viable nutrients that your body easily assimilates, absorbs and digests.
In fact it only takes 30 minutes for juice from raw fruit and vegetables to get directly within your bloodstream making available all the nutritional benefits your body requires.
By juicing, you allow time for your digestive organs to rest and rejuvenate and restore your body to a healthier, more vibrant state.
There is growing evidence to support the health benefits of juicing and it can be used to improve digestive health, anti-ageing health, hormonal health, bone health, your immune and nervous system and increase your energy and vitality. Not to mention the glow it will bring to your skin, shine to your hair and improve your eyes and teeth!
A Masticating Juicer and a Centrifugal Juicer.
The difference between the two is the juice extraction method used.
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They are designed with a single gear or auger that rotates around 80 to 100 rpm. The auger squeezes and crushes the pulp at a slow rate resulting in a better juice yield. Because of the slower juicing action that is carried out at a lower temperature compared to the centrifugal juicer, the juice extracted contains more enzymes, trace minerals and vitamins.
Yes, all the nutrients are preserved and will stay that way longer, a whole 48 hours in fact, giving you more time to enjoy the full fruit goodness. The squeezing action of a masticating juicer, squeezes the fruit to a pulp! Literally, only the dry pulp is left behind so you can also expect more juice for your money as a result. And the magic of a masticating juicer?! You can use it for your favourite leafy greens and wheatgrass too. 🙂
They are designed to ‘spin’ the juice out of the fruit at a very high speed, similar to the spinning cycle of your washing machine! Due to the high speed spinning and temperature, nutrients and enzymes are not left intact and consequently should be consumed almost immediately.
Centrifugal juicers are cheaper than masticating juicers and leave behind a much wetter pulp, so less juice and sorry, you won’t be able to juice your lovely leafy greens and wheatgrass. 🙁
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As delicious as juicing fruit is, still think portion control due to some fruit having high levels of fructose, which essentially is still sugar. Juice from fruit is perfect for adding to vegetable and green juice if you want to make it a bit more tasty!
What are Free Radicals?
Free Radicals are oxygen molecules produced by the body for normal cell function. They contain electrons which surround the cells in pairs and are released when the body oxidizes food for nutrients and energy. It is when the paired electron shell become ‘unpaired’ or is ‘incomplete’ that they form the type of free radicals that are chemically reactive and harmful to the body.
Not all free radicals are chemically reactive and those produced by the immune system actually support your health by destroying viruses and bacteria. Others are involved in producing vital hormones and activating enzymes that are essential to life.
Disease occurs as a result of excess ‘unpaired’ or ‘incomplete’ electrons which form the chemically reactive free radicals that are harmful to your health. They damage healthy cells and tissues and indiscriminately pick up electrons from other molecules and produce even more free radicals in the body and thus setting off a chain reaction.
The protective membrane of cells can be damaged by free radicals exposing the cell to fluid retention, a factor in the ageing process.
What causes the production, multiplication and damage of Free Radicals in your body?
There are environmental factors that lead to the production of free radicals in your body. This includes the exposure to toxic lead, pesticides, and other environmental pollutants. Even excessive exposure to the sun or medical x-ray equipment are known to produce free radicals. Some studies show that deposits of metals in the body and poor diet are responsible for the production of free radicals.
How do you protect against Free Radicals?
Simple! It’s in the fruit!
Eating food rich in anti-oxidants help prevent, neutralize and eradicate free radicals before they cause DNA damage, long-term health problems and premature ageing.
Food rich in Beta Carotene
Food rich in Vitamin C
Vitamin C is definitely the one to see when choosing a powerful antioxidant. It will maximize your body’s natural defense against illness. And because they boost your immune system, they have a preventative quality. This prevents the damage free radicals cause by eliminating them before they get a chance to run rampant in your body!
Food rich Vitamin E
Vitamin E is another powerful source to prevent and neutralize free radicals in your body. Their anti-oxidant properties protect cells and help in the process of DNA repair. Vitamin E rich fruit include blackberries, blackcurrants, cranberries, nectarines, peach and mangoes.
Selenium is not an antioxidant nutrient but a trace mineral that plays an important role in preventing free radicals and free radical damage. It is also required by the body for proper functioning of the thyroid gland. Though not present in fruit it was worth the mention here under the topic of free radical prevention for your information.
Fruit with the best anti-oxidant content:
Less common fruit packed with powerful unbeatable antioxidant protection
As healthy as they are, some fruit have a high carb content and will therefore rank high on the Glycemic Index. Some fruit are very high in sugar so you should limit your consumption of these particular fruit especially for weight loss and diabetics. Low-carb fruit are listed separately in a later section.
This should be a consideration for children in particular who are even more at risk from these dangerous toxins. Organic fruit contains more antioxidants, vitamins and minerals so for a few more pence, it does make sense, to go organic!
One last thing on how to get the most from fruit
Did you know that fruit are best eaten on an empty stomach for 2 reasons?:
- To avoid indigestion
When fruit is eaten with other food it remains in your stomach longer where it ferments and produces gas and other harmful compounds.
- For fast and easy absorption therefore maximising antioxidant intake
If food does not pass quickly through the stomach and rapidly digest in the intestine the fruit’s nutritive value is compromised. Clogged up fruit left in the stomach cannot therefore be easily absorbed into the bloodstream.
It is best to eat fruit as a snack in between meals, ideally 30 minutes before a meal to get maximum nutritive value. Fruit should not be consumed after a meal though berries seem to cause the least after-meal digestive disruption.
So what are you waiting for? get going with the goodness of fruit!
and for goodness sake – Get Juicing NOW!
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