Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Adventures in Juicing: Part 8!

One of my goals this year is to get back into juicing!  There was a while last year where I was juicing almost every day, and then I kind of just stopped.  I really want to get back into the habit of juicing regularly, so hopefully by posting about it & sharing recipes with you guys, it will keep me motivated to juice all the time. 
I found a recipe called Green Lemonade, so I used that but changed it a little bit.   I juiced a couple of apples, a pear, some kale, a cucumber, some parsley & a lemon.  It was a little sour with the lemon, so next time I would probably throw in an extra pear or apple, or maybe put only half of a lemon in.  It was still pretty tasty!  

Here are some health benefits of juicing parsley (via juicing-for-health):
Anemia:  The high chlorophyll content from parsley is an excellent blood purifier and builder.  The vitamin C and iron content makes iron absorption more effective.  Regularly drinking parsley juice helps bring up the hemoglobin count.
Arthritis:  The rich vitamin C from parley helps protect against inflammatory problems like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. 
Cancer:  Its high concentration of anti-oxidants such as monoterpenes, phthalides, polyacetylenes, help neutralize carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) like tobacco  smoke.  Also good remedy for lung infection or asthma.
Free radicals:  Free radicals (cancer-causing compounds) are abundance in deep fried foods.  Ingesting parsley will reduce the free radical damage done to our body cells as the anti-oxidants neutralize the free radicals.
Heart health:  Folate in parsley is a superb nutrient for cardiovascular health. Specifically, it helps protect blood vessels and reduces the risks of heart attack, by converting potentially dangerous homocysteine into harmless molecules.
Immunity booster:  The high vitamin C content (higher than oranges) and the multi immune-enhancing compounds in parsley make it an extraordinary immunity booster.
Vision health:  The high carotenoids (precursor of A vitamin) in parsley makes it a particularly healing food for vision health.  Add a big bunch of parsley as a juice ingredient daily to see the results.
Wound healing: The excellent source of histidine in parsley is the essential amino acid necessary for growth and repair of tissues.  Parsley juice would do well for people healing from a wound or after a surgery.
Caution
Parsley juice is very potent so it is not to be taken by itself, and no more than 2 oz every day.  Take extra caution when taking this juice especially if you have never done detox.  Pregnant women should avoid taking this very potent juice.
Parsley may be high in oxalic acid, so must not be consumed by individuals who have kidney stones.
It's crazy that something usually used for garnishing dishes has so many great benefits!  It's so easy to throw some into a juice & as you can see, totally worth it!  Have you ever juiced parsley? 

If you guys want to try out these recipes but don't have a juicer, you can totally blend it up in the blender!   Let me know if you try it!

2 comments:

  1. i looooove juicin parsley! lets juice at my place soon like we used to!

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  2. I'm getting a juicer soon and can't wait to start juicing! My friend does it everyday and I'm excited to start :)

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