Juicing raw foods can produce a huge leap forward for people who are interested in leading a healthy life and promoting increased energy levels. Adding appropriate supplements to organic juiced foods can make an even bigger impact.
Here are a few suggestions for supplements that may be added to natural juice:
Spirulina: 60 to 70 per cent complete protein, Spirulina contains the highest concentration of functional nutrients and is regarded as a ‘superfood.’ Anti fungal and anti bacterial, it has properties that promote cell re-growth so is thought to help slow down the ageing process. Consuming Spiralina and water would probably be unpalatable and usually it is mixed with other ingredients. It is likely to turn your recipe bright green!
Aloe Vera: A great source of energy, Aloe Vera has always been blessed with mystical qualities by ancient civilisations and has been used to ease stings and bites, sunburn and mouth ulcers. It has natural anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties and is great for the complexion. The taste is a little bitter so needs to be mixed with powerful flavors.
Wheatgrass: Wheatgrass is the ‘biggie’ when it comes to health benefits. The list of its nutritional values could go on indefinitely and the research into its abilities to help heal serious diseases is yet incomplete. Suffice to say that everybody should include a dose of wheatgrass in their daily diet to combat infection; skin disorders; digestive problems; circulation problems and even early dementia. It is best taken in a single dose half an hour before a meal but it can also be used as supplement in other juice recipes.
Açaí Berries: These contain an impressive concentration of antioxidants. They can help combat premature ageing and contain 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes. They promote cardiovascular and digestive health and also contain Oleic acid, which helps omega-3 fish oils penetrate the cell membrane.
Flaxseed: A source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, it lowers cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar, reduces the risk of breast, prostate, and colon cancers and reduces the inflammation of arthritis, as well as the inflammation that accompanies certain illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease and asthma. Flaxseed has been around for thousands of years and was a favorite with the Egyptians: Cleopatra included it in her daily diet.
Goji berries: Have been used for 6,000 by Chinese, Tibetan and Indian herbalists to: promote liver function, improve sexual performance boost the immune system and help the circulation. It is also known to have active zeathanthin, which provides retinal protection for the eye and limits the risk of macular degeneration; a major cause of elderly blindness.
Study the list and decide how many of these superfoods you consume each week. One? Two? None? If the answer is none, perhaps it is time you made changes in your food regime. Invest in an efficient juicer and start supplementing your diet to reinforce the nutrition in natural foods. Consuming beneficial levels of natural, raw foods combined with appropriate supplements is the cheapest and most effective way to live a healthy life.
If you are considering a healthier lifestyle, start with a single gear juicer. I recommend the Samson Juicer from Purely Juicers. If you prefer a twin gear juicer try the Omega Juicer