Juices For Health

How To Choose A Healthy Juice

Do you want to incorporate fruit or veggie juices in your diet but don’t know how to choose the healthiest options?

When choosing a juice, remember that not all juices are nutritionally equal!

Juice Checklist

Look for juices labelled 100% juice, not from concentrate. Otherwise, they can contain a lot of added sugar.

When possible, buy organic juices to avoid pesticide and chemical contamination.

Try a range of healthy juices for their unique benefits rather than always having the same option.

Top 6 Health Benefiting Juices

Powerful purple juices like grape, cranberry, pomegranate and cherry get their deep red and purple hues from a flavonoid pigment called anthocyanin. Flavonoids help our bodies function more efficiently while protecting us against everyday toxins and stressors.

Tart cherries have been found to decrease inflammation and promote restful sleep making the juice a great addition to a healthy diet.

Pure cranberry juice can help prevent urinary tract infections as well as supporting a healthy gut.

Drinking pomegranate juice may help lower systolic blood pressure. Having a high systolic blood pressure over time can increase the risk for heart conditions.

Red grape juice is a wonderful source of quercetin which acts as an anti-histamine. Quercetin helps reduce inflammation and alleviate allergy symptoms.

Beetroots are a good source of potassium which is an important electrolyte that helps support nerve and muscle function. Beetroot juice has become very popular mainly for its benefits around lowering blood pressure. Beetroots contain nitrates which are compounds that convert in to nitric oxide in the blood and help widen and relax blood vessels.

New Kids On The Block

Aronia juice has an exceptionally high polyphenol content compared to most other fruit and vegetables. Polyphenols in our diet benefit gut and microbiome health as well as having anti-viral properties. An Irish company based in Cork is currently growing aronia bushes to provide juice and supplements to the Irish market.

In recent years there has been an increasing interest in NONI juice in the Western world. However, in Polynesia, the fruits and even the leaves have been used for centuries in traditional medicine.

Noni juice has analgesic properties making it beneficial for back and neck pain. It also helps to alleviate migraine and tension headaches.

Juices can be enjoyed as a refreshing drink or added to smoothies. A little goes a long way so enjoy as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

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