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February 4th, 2014

3 Juice Recipes To Help You Enjoy Heart-Healthy Pomegranate

left-juiceglassesThe pomegranate is one of the oldest fruits in recorded history. Native to the area of modern-day Iran and Iraq, the pomegranate has been cultivated since ancient times and has spread through the world. The fruit is about the size of an orange, with a rind ranging from yellow-orange to deep reddish-purple. Inside the fruit, there are a multitude of seed pips yielding a tangy, sweet, rich, and flavorful juice.

Lately, there’s been a parade of products featuring this exceptionally healthy fruit, from juices and teas to energy bars and syrups. But many people have no idea how to prepare pomegranate, and are intimidated by all those little seeds. My answer? Juice it.

Health Benefits

Pomegranate juice (240 mL/day) appears to be particularly useful in improving heart health. It’s remarkably rich in antioxidants, such as soluble polyphenols, tannins, and anthocyanins. Animal research has indicated that components of pomegranate juice can retard atherosclerosis, reduce plaque formation, and improve arterial health. A review of pomegranate research stated that consumption of pomegranate juice may help reduce systolic blood pressure by inhibiting an enzyme (serum angiotensin-converting enzyme) that causes vascular contraction. Pomegranate juice improved the lipid profiles (cholesterol) of people with diabetes. And clinical studies have shown that pomegranate juice also has anticancer properties.

How to Juice Pomegranate

With all these health benefits, it’s time to get over our fear of this wonderful fruit. Juicing is an easy way to use pomegranates. The first step involves cutting off the crown of the pomegranate. This is the part with the stem at the top. Once the crown is removed, cut the pomegranate into four sections. Place the sections into a bowl of water and, using your fingers, gently roll the pips out from the membrane. Once the seed pips have been separated, drain out the water and you are ready to place them in the juice extractor.

3 Pomegranate Juice Recipes

Here are three recipes that use pomegranate. Once you get comfortable using pomegranate, you can make up your own juice recipes.

Berry Happy

This juice is super healthy because it combines flavonoid-rich berries with pomegranate.

  • 1 cup mixed berries (such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries)
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate pips
  • 1 apple or ripe pear, cut into wedges

Juice the berries, then the pomegranate pips. Flush through with the apple.

Red and Fruity

This juice is great for finicky kids, and takes advantage of the red pigments in berries, cherries, and pomegranate to cover up the beet taste.

  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup pitted cherries
  • 1 beet
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate pips
  • 1 apple, cut into wedges

Juice the strawberries and cherries, followed by the beet, pomegranate, and apple.

Pommy Blue Juice

This refreshing purple juice is as beautiful as it is healthy.

  • 1 cup pomegranate pips
  • 2 cups blueberries

Juice the fruits all at once and enjoy.

January 14th, 2014

3 Immune-Boosting Juices for Cold & Flu Season

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According to the latest CDC Influenza Surveillance Report, flu is widespread in 25 states so far this season. As for the common cold, the CDC estimates that more a than 1 billion of us will suffer from it in 2014.

Raw fruit and vegetable juices are great immune system fortifiers, especially during an active infection with a cold or flu. This time of year, it’s critical to get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, and bolster the immune system with freshly made juices rich in vitamins, minerals, and important phytochemicals such as flavonoids, which are known to be powerful antiviral agents.

Here are three recipes to make in a juicer. Drink these when you feel a cold or flu coming on.

Immune Power Veggie

Rich in carotenes and the immune-enhancing benefits of garlic and ginger, this drink gives your immune system a real shot in the arm. With their high content of the food fiber inulin, the Jerusalem artichokes, if you can find them, provide additional health benefits–particularly for supporting infection-fighting bacteria in your gut.

2 garlic cloves
1/4-inch slice of ginger
Handful of parsley
1 apple, cut into wedges
3 carrots
1 cup of Jerusalem artichokes (optional)

Place the garlic and ginger in the center of the parsley, and feed into the juicer with the aid of a carrot. Alternate feeding the remaining carrots, apple, and Jerusalem artichokes (if using) into the juicer.

Immune Power Fruit

This drink is rich in many nutrients vital to the immune system, and it also abounds in flavonoids and other phytochemicals with demonstrated antiviral and antioxidant effects.

1 orange, peeled
1 cup strawberries
1/4 pineapple with skin, sliced

Juice the orange, followed by the strawberries and pineapple.

Immune Power Veggie Extreme

This formula is a great weapon against an active upper respiratory tract infection. The daikon
radish really helps clear the sinuses and nasal passages.

2 cloves garlic
1/4 inch slice of ginger
Handful of parsley
1/2 daikon radish, cut into lengthwise pieces, or 4 radishes with leafy greens

Place the garlic and ginger in the center of the parsley, and feed into the juicer with the aid of a carrot. Juice the radish and the remaining carrots.
Find more information on juicing for healing, detoxing, and weight loss, including more than 150 recipes, in The Complete Book of Juicing, Revised and Updated: Your Delicious Guide to Youthful Vitality (Clarkson Potter, January 2014).

January 13th, 2014

Fight Colds and Flu with 3 Immune-Boosting Juices

Raw fruit and vegetable juices are great immune system fortifiers, especially during an active infection with a cold or flu. This time of year, it’s critical to get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, and bolster the immune system with freshly made juices rich in vitamins, minerals, and important phytochemicals such as flavonoids, which are known to be powerful antiviral agents.

Here are three recipes to make in a juicer. Drink these when you feel a cold or flu coming on.

Fight Colds and Flu with 3 Immune-Boosting JuicesImmune Power Veggie

Rich in carotenes and the immune-enhancing benefits of garlic and ginger, this drink gives your immune system a real shot in the arm. With their high content of the food fiber inulin, the Jerusalem artichokes, if you can find them, provide additional health benefits — particularly for supporting infection-fighting bacteria in your gut.

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4-inch slice of ginger
  • Handful of parsley
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 apple, cut into wedges
  • 1 cup of Jerusalem artichokes (optional)

Place the garlic and ginger in the center of the parsley, and feed into the juicer with the aid of a carrot. Alternate feeding the remaining carrots, apple, and Jerusalem artichokes (if using) into the juicer.

Immune Power Fruit

This drink is rich in many nutrients vital to the immune system, and it also abounds in flavonoids and other phytochemicals with demonstrated antiviral and antioxidant effects.

  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 pineapple with skin, sliced

Juice the orange, followed by the strawberries and pineapple.

Immune Power Veggie Extreme

This formula is a great weapon against an active upper respiratory tract infection. The daikon radish really helps clear the sinuses and nasal passages.

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 inch slice of ginger
  • Handful of parsley
  • 3 carrots
  • 1/2 daikon radish, cut into lengthwise pieces, or 4 radishes with leafy greens

Place the garlic and ginger in the center of the parsley, and feed into the juicer with the aid of a carrot. Juice the radish and the remaining carrots.

Published at InnerSelf

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