Healing Juices: the Natural Pharmacy

As you’ll have gathered by now, the fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and other ingredients used to make Superjuices are not included just because they taste good. Each and every one of them plays a fundamental role in helping to avoid and overcome a variety of illnesses. Even the most commonplace ingredient is a pharmaceutical factory, manufacturing and storing hundreds of different substances known as phyto-(‘plant’) nutrients. These are not just the essential vitamins miraculously produced in leaves, roots, fruits, nuts and seeds; they also include complex chemical substances with specific health benefits.

For example: both vitamin A and the plant-based beta-carotene have specific cancer-fighting properties. Other carotenoids such as lutein, xeaxanthine and lycopene protect the eyes and heart. Vitamin C is best known for its antioxidant and protective powers, but studies around the world show that where diets are richest in foods containing vitamin C, people suffer less cancer. Until recently, vitamin E was thought essential only for animal reproductive function; there was no corresponding proof in humans. Today, we know that it is vital in the battle against heart disease.

Similarly, deficiencies of folic acid, selenium and soluble fibre were once dismissed as relatively unimportant. It’s now known that these easily available nutrients can make the difference between good health or life-threatening disease. As well as the vitamin and mineral content of the nutrients listed in the following tables, you’ll find frequent references to other phytochemicals in the Superjuice recipes. These are almost always complex substances now known to have undisputed cancer-fighting benefits. Nutrients in cruciferous vegetables; coloured pigments in berries, cherries and beetroot; limonene in citrus fruits… all these and many more exert unimaginable protective influences on human health. As l have said throughout this site, there is no better source of these phyto-nutrients than homemade, freshly prepared Superjuices. Making the most of them is up to you.

 

Ingredient Source of:
Alfalfa sprouts Calcium, silicon, vitamins A, B complex, C, E and K
Apples Carotenes, ellagic acid, pectin, potassium, vitamin C
Apricots Beta-carotene, iron, potassium, soluble fibre
Artichokes, Jerusalem Inulin, iron, phosphorus
Asparagus Asparagine, folic acid, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, vitamin C
Banana Energy, fibre, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A
Basil Volatile oils: linalol, limonene, estragole
Beetroot Beta-carotene, calcium, folic acid, iron, potassium, vitamins B6 and C
Blackcurrants Anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting phytochemicals, carotenoids, vitamin C
Blueberries Anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting phytochemicals, carotenoids, vitamin C
Brazil Nuts Protein, selenium, vitamins B and E
Brewer’s yeast B vitamins, biotin, folic acid, iron, magnesium, zinc
Brocolli Cancer-fighting phytochemicals, folic acid, potassium, vitamins A, and C
Cabbage family Cancer-fighting phytochemicals, folic acid, iron, potassium, riboflavin, vitmins A, C and E
Carrots Carotenoids, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A
Celery Coumarins, potassium, vitamin C
Chard (Swiss) Calcium, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, carotenes, iron, phosphorus, vitamins A and C
Cherries Cancer-fighting phytochemicals, flavonoids, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C
Chicory Bitter, liver-stimulating terpenoids, folic acid,, iron, potassium, vitamin A (if unblanched)
Chives Beta-carotene, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, vitamin C
Cinnamon Coumarins, tannins and volatile oils with mild, sedative/analgesic blood pressure-lowering effects
Coconut milk Calcium, magnesium, potassium, small quantities of B vitamins
Coriander Coumarins, flavonoids, linlol
Cottage cheese B vitamins, calcium, folic acid, magnesium, protein, vitamin A
Cranberries Cancer-fighting phytochemicals, specific urinary anti-bacterials, vitamin C
Cucumber Folic acid, potassium, silica, small amounts of beta-carotene in the skin
Cumin seeds Flavonoids which relieve intestinal wind and spasm, volatile oils
Dandelion Beta-carotene, diuretic and liver-stimulating phytochemicals, iron, other carotenoids
Dates Fibre, folic acid, fruit sugar, iron, potassium
Fennel Volatile oils: fenchone, anethole and anisic acid, all liver and digestive stimulants
Figs Beta-carotene, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, fibre, ficin (a digestive aid) iron, potassium
Garlic Anti-bacterial and antifungal sulphur compounds, cancer and heart disease-fighting phytochemicals
Ginger Circulatory-stimulating zingiberene and gingerols
Grapes Natural sugars, powerful antioxidant flavonoids, vitamin C
Grapefruit Beta-carotene, bioflavonoids-especially naringin, which thins the blood and lowers cholesterol, vitamin C
Horseradish Natural antibiotics, protective phytochemicals, vitamin C
Jalapeno pepper Carotenoids, capsaicin: a circulatory stimulant, flavonoids
Kale Beta-carotene, calcium, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, folic acid, iron, phosphorus, sulphur, vitamin C
Kiwi fruit Beta-carotene, bioflavonoids, fibre, potassium, vitamin C
Kohlrabi Cancer-fighting phytochemicals, folic acid, potassium, vitamin C
Lamb’s lettuce Folic acid, iron, potassium, vitamins A, C and B6, zinc. Also contains calming phytochemicals
Lecithin Phospholipids extracted from soya beans: heart protective and beneficial to nerves
Leeks Anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory substances, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, folic acid, potassium, diuretic substances, vitamins A and C
Lemon Bioflavonoids, limonene, potassium, vitamin C
Lettuce Calcium, folic acid, phosphorus, potassium, sleep-inducing phytochemicals, vitamins A and C
Lime Bioflavonoids, limonene, potassium, vitamin C
Mango Beta-carotene, flavonoids, potassium, other antioxidants, vitamin C
Mangosteen Digestive-friendly mucilage, potassium, vitamin C
Melon Folic acid, potassium, small amounts of B vitamins, vitamins A and C
Milk Calcium, protein, riboflavin, zinc
Mint Antispasmodic volatile oils, flavonoids, menthol
Mixed salad leaves Calcium, folic acid, phosphorus, potassium, sleep-inducing phytochemicals (the darkest leaves contain the most nutrients), vitamins A and C
Molasses Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus
Mooli Iron, magnesium, phytochemicals that stimulate the gall bladder and heal mucous membranes, potassium, vitamin C
Nutmeg Myristicin: mood enhancing and hallucinogenic in excess; phytochemicals that aid sleep and digestion
Oranges and citrusfruits incl. mandarins,satsumas and tangerines Bioflavonoids, calcium, folic acid, iron, limonene, potassium, thiamine, vitamin B6 and C
Pak choi Beta-carotene, B vitamins, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, folic acid, vitamin C
Parsley Calcium, iron, potassium, vitamins A and C
Parsnip B vitamins, folic acid, inulin, potassium, vitamin E
Passion fruit Beta-carotene, phytochemicals which are antiseptic, sedative and mildly laxative, vitamin C
Pawpaw Beta-carotene, flavonoids, magnesium, papain: a digestive enzyme, vitamin C
Peaches Beta-carotene, flavonoids, potassium, vitamin C
Peanuts B vitamins, folic acid, protein, iron, zinc
Pears Soluble fibre, vitamin C
Peppers Beta-carotene, folic acid, potassium, phytochemicals that prevent blood clots, strokes and heart disease, vitamin C
Pineapple Enzymes: especially bromelain, helpful for angina, arthritis and physical injury, vitamin C
Plums Beta-carotene, malic acid: an effective aid to digestion, vitamins C and E
Pomegranate Beta-carotene, enzymes with anti-diarrhoeal properties, heart-protective phytochemicals, vitamin E
Prunes Beta-carotene, fibre, iron, niacin, potassium, vitamin B6
Pumpkin Folic acid, potassium, small amounts of B vitamins, vitamins A and C
Purslane Essential fatty acids and cleansing bitter alkaloids, folic acid, vitamins C and E
Radishes Iron, magnesium, phytochemicals that stimulate gall bladder and heal mucous membranes, potassium, vitamin C
Rosemary Flavonoids, volatile oils: borneol, camphor, limonene
Sage Phenolic acids, phyto-oestrogens, thujone: an antiseptic
Sauerkraut Calcium, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, gut-protective lactic acid, potassium, vitamin C
Seaweed Beta-carotene, calcium, iodine, iron, protein, magnesium, potassium, soluble fibre, vitamin B12, zinc
Sesame seeds B vitamins, calcium, folic acid, magnesium, niacin, protein, vitamin E
Sorrel Carotenoids, iron, protective phytochemicals, vitamin C
Soya milk Calcium, phytoestrogens especially genistein: a powerful breast, ovarian and prostate cancer-fighter, protein. If fortied, also vitamin D
Spinach Beta-carotene, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, chlorophyll, folic acid, iron, lutein, xeaxanthine
Spring greens Beta-carotene, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, carotenoids, iron, vitamin C 
Spring onion Cancer-fighting phytochemicals, diuretic, anti-arthritic and antiinflammatory substances, folic acid, potassium, vitamins A and C
Stinging nettle Beta-carotene, calcium, iron, vitamin C
Strawberries Anti-arthritic phytochemicals, beta-carotene, vitamins C and E
Sweet potato Beta-carotene and other carotenoids, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, protein, vitamins C and E
Tahini B vitamins, calcium, folic acid, magnesium, niacin, protein, vitamin E
Thyme Flavonoids, volatile oils: antiseptic thymol and carvol
Tomatoes Beta-carotene, lycopene, potassium, vitamins C and E
Watercress Anti-bacterial mustard oils, beta-carotene, iron, phenethyl isothiocyanate: specific lung cancer fighter for smokers, vitamins C and E
Watermelon Folic acid, potassium, small amounts of B vitamins, vitamins A and C
Wheat germ B vitamins, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E 
Yoghurt: milk Beneficial bacteria, calcium, protein, riboflavin, zinc
Yoghurt: soya calcium, phytoestrogens, especially genistein: a powerful breast, ovarian and prostate cancer fighter, if fortified, also contains vitamin D

 

 

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16. August 2013 by Sue
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