Monday, April 23, 2012

Adventures in Juicing Part 5!

Keith & I have still been juicing while we're house sitting for TIm & De.  Keith went out & bought a tooooon of apples, strawberries, oranges, grapes & a pineapple.  (Although we kind of forgot about the pineapple until after we made these juices.)  The first juice was just a bunch of apples and a few oranges and it was delicious.  That green-ish stuff on the top that you see is hemp oil.  The second one we made was grapes, strawberries & an apple and oh man, that was probably one of my favourite juices that I've made eva. haha.  So delicious.  Keith wanted to try the pulp (?) and found out that that too was delicious, so him and our friend Turple ended up eating some of the pulp.  As you can see it settled super fast, because I had just poured the juice into those glasses (and okay maybe drank half of one) & went to grab my camera and it already looked like that.  But, still delicious.

Here are some of the health benefits of juicing strawberries (from juicing-for-health):
  • Anti-anemic:  Strawberries can help prevent and fight certain types of anemia, due to their high content in folic acid, which is essential for the synthesis of hemoglobin, the protein in red cells responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body.
  • Anti-cancer:  Strawberry is included in the list of top "superfoods" that help lower cancer death rates.  This is because of the very high content of various anti-oxidants with flavonoids that work synergistically and more powerfully against oxidation and preventing damages caused by free radicals in our body.
  • Anti-coagulant:  Strawberries contain moderate amount of acetylsalicylic acid, the same active ingredient found in aspirin. Although the amount of acetylsalicylic acid found in strawberries is not enough to relieve influenza symptoms, it can be actually helpful to thin blood and prevent blood clots formation, thereby reducing the work of the heart and improving its function.
  • Anti-inflammatory:  Anthocyanidin is a unique flavonoid that makes strawberries a very powerful protector against inflammatory conditions such as asthma, gout, artherosclerosis, arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  At the same time it protects against intestinal bleeding.
  • Brain and mental health:  It has been shown that, besides having an anti-anemic effect, folic acid found in strawberries can help improve memory, concentration and the brain’s ability to process information. It is also essential for preventing brain defects in babies during pregnancy.
  • Digestive health:  Due to their high content in vitamin C, strawberries stimulate the secretion of salivary and gastric juices, thereby improving the digestion of starchy and protein foods. In addition, fiber contained in strawberries effectively reduces constipation and cleans the colon, with a beneficial detox effect for the body.
  • Heart health:  Anti-oxidants found in strawberries, and especially vitamin C and anthocyanidins, may help protect arteries from damage, as well as preventing the formation of blood clots within blood vessels.
  • Immune system:  Strawberries are very rich in vitamin C, which plays a key role in enhancing immune system function, as well as in preventing and fighting infectious diseases such as flu and cold.
  • Mood:  Eating strawberries and drinking strawberry juice stimulate the release of serotonin, which improves mood and is responsible for a feeling of relaxation and a general sense of well-being.
I love strawberries & I never realized that they did so many great things for you!  What are your favourite recipes that include strawberries?

7 comments:

  1. OMG that sounds sooooo good and I'm allergic to pineapple sooo.... when you move to portland and juice for me(hint hint) you can forget the pineapple then too.

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  2. Great read, I love my juices as well !

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  3. Looks yummy! I love strawberries, so good to see it has so many benefits! :O
    -Frances

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  4. All these posts are really making me want to get a juicer! they've all looked so yummy!

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  5. That second juice looks really tasty. I noticed a crack in my blender so I need a new one. Wonder if there's some kind of juicer / blender contraption I can pick up?

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  6. Oh darling, well did you see my tweet today! I did a juice smoothie, because as you have been witness to my complaints, I am juicer-less haha. So today I made a grapefruit strawberry smoothie. Its 1tb ginger, handful strawberries, one apple peeled, splash of soy milk, half a cup grapefruit juice or half a grapefruit, 1tb raw honey and some ice. Deeelish and very refreshing!! But again, non organic berries scare me ;) xoxo

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