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JUICE UP YOUR LIFE WITH SUPERJUICES!by Dave Foreman
If you walk into a Vitamin Shoppe, you will find a large selection of super juices. They are not to be guzzled like the OJ you buy at the grocery store (unless you can afford it); these juices are so rich in nutrients, that just drinking a little each day can be quite beneficial.
Super juices are what I like to call “functionally healthy” foods. They often contain no artificial colors and little sugar. They also contain other nutrients that promote health, like antioxidants and phytochemicals (plant chemicals). The benefit of juices is that they are easier to take for those of you who have issues swallowing tablets and capsules. Here are some other quick benefits:
• Contain high levels of critical nutrients such as antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, anthocyanins, polysaccharides, etc.
Let’s take a quick look at these awesome super juices:
Açai is a berry that comes fromthe rainforests of the Brazilian Amazon. It is considered one of nature’s “super berries.” Açai is loaded with phytochemicals, particularly polyphenols and anthocyanins – two of nature’s most potent antioxidants.
Black Cherry juice is loaded with antioxidants. I have some in my refrigerator right now. Black cherries are great, especially for those of you who have joint health issues. Black cherries are good for many health issues as well; cardiovascular health, eye health and immune system support would be at the top of my list.
Blueberry juice is one of my personal favorites. It is often hard to find, but The Vitamin Shoppe has its own store brand, which takes the worry out of it. I love blueberry for its potent antioxidants and other nutritional components for all eye health concerns. This super food is at the top of my list for people with night blindness, macular degeneration and cataract concerns.
Cranberry juice: I think we all know that cranberries are great for urinary tract health, but their benefits go beyond urinary system support. Cranberries are also helpful for cardiovascular health, immune health and eye health. If you are open to the capsule form, Cran- Max®would be the best source I can think of to get the healthful benefits of the juice, but in a much higher concentration.
Goji has become one of the hottest juices to hit the market. Goji is an exotic super fruit that is valued for its reported anti-aging and antioxidant properties. The berries of the goji plant have been treasured for centuries by the Himalayan people. The goji berry is high in trace minerals, B-vitamins, amino acids and polysaccharides. Polysaccharides are naturally occurring compounds linked to all sorts of health benefits such as immune support, heart health and anti-aging. Goji has gained popularity because of a special feature on ABC News. There are a lot of peoplemarketing goji as the next “cure-all”. Goji is great, but NOT a cure-all. I do recommend goji as part of your everyday diet. It can be mixed with any powder or liquid supplements you may be using.
Mangosteen was the next big hitter to come to America.Mangosteen tastes great, and like goji juice, helps promote good health. It provides naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients and bioflavonoids − for a variety of health benefits. Mangosteen juice can be used as part of your everyday diet, and mixed with any powder or liquid supplements.
Maqui superberry came onto the market a year or two ago. It was touted as the next, latest and greatest juice. I personally think it was over-hyped, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this juice is a great antioxidant, which means that it’s good for heart health, eye health and immune health.
Noni juice was one of the first super food juices to become popular. I think it is best for immune health challenges due to its high levels of polysaccharides. It also has great antioxidant potential, but it would not be at the top ofmy list for eye- and heart-health support.
Pomegranate juice has been on the market for a few years now, yet interest in it is still growing, probably because there is science to back up the claims that it is loadedwith all sorts of antioxidants. In addition to the common benefit of antioxidants (immune health support) pomegranate has shown to be very heart healthy as well. One specific compound found in pomegranate (punicalagins) has been shown to specifically help heart health by impacting cholesterol, and the dilation of veins and arteries. This would be a great addition to your diet for those with heart health concerns. (Feel free tomix thiswith powder or liquid supplements as mentioned above.)
As you can see, the use of these “super food” juices can provide a great health benefit and be part of your every day diet. Consider adding one or all of these amazing juices to your daily routine. I find that not only do they taste great, but they are great for you.