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What Are The Health Benefits Of Juicing Herbs And Spices?

By Rika Susan, updated December 2014

Are you wondering about the health benefits of herbs and spices? Do you need to juice more herbs? Should these form part of juicing for health? Will they boost your metabolism and weight loss efforts? Which ones should you focus on in your juice recipes?

In this article I will share 2 of my favorite juice recipes enhanced with herbs and spices. I will also answer questions and concerns about juicing with herbs and spices, including...

  • What are the best herbs and spices for juicing?
  • What are the health benefits of cilantro in juice?
  • Is juicing parsley for weight loss a myth?
  • What are the main ginger juice benefits?
  • How to prepare ginger for juicing
  • Can you juice fresh turmeric root?
  • What are the benefits of adding cayenne pepper to juices?
Recipe for ginger juice benefitsJuicing herbs and spices for more health benefits

I have another recipe for you lower down, but let's get the ball rolling with my...


Spicy Pain-Relief Juice Recipe

3 Carrots (greens discarded)
1 Medium beetroot (greens discarded)
1 Small zucchini
1 Pear
1 Lime
Small handful parsley or cilantro, according to preference and taste
1 Inch fresh ginger root
1 Inch fresh turmeric root

Method:
  1. Scrub all your ingredients thoroughly
  2. Trim carrot ends
  3. Quarter beet (you can peel it if you prefer to do so)
  4. Trim zucchini ends
  5. Quarter pear. Don't peel, but discard seeds
  6. Peel lime as thinly as you can, retaining the white pith. Quarter
  7. Juice, adding the parsley or cilantro, ginger and turmeric first, together with a carrot
  8. Serve over crushed ice
Servings:
2 Small to medium


Why Should You Include Herbs And Spices In Juicing Recipes?

Herbs and spices are packed with incredibly powerful medicinal properties. Most of them will give you high concentrations of crucial antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

In addition, quite a number of well-known herbs and spices have been shown to boost weight loss efforts. Not only because they are low in calories, but also because some of them are thermogenic. This means that they are known to increase metabolism and fat burning! In addition, a few specifically block the formation and growth of new fat cells.


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How to juice for weight loss? My two best tips would be to rotate a variety of cruciferous veggies in your recipes and to include spices and herbs as often as you can.

Add to all of this the wonderful extra flavor these additions bring to the table and you have more than enough reasons to make sure that you always add some when preparing foods, fresh juices and smoothies.


6 Best Herbs And Spices For Juicing

My favorites to add are...
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Mint
  • Turmeric root
  • Ginger root
  • Cayenne pepper

What Does Cilantro Look Like?

Cilantro leaves for juicing recipesThe amazing health benefits of cilantro

Did you know that there is a link between cilantro and coriander? Coriander seeds are well-known as a spice. But fresh coriander leaves are more commonly known as cilantro. So, cilantro is in a sense both a herb and a spice. Some folks know cilantro also as Chinese parsley.

Cilantro looks somewhat like flat-leaf parsley. The leaves are smaller and more rounded, though. The stems are also longer.

When buying cilantro, avoid wilted leaves with a yellow tinge. The best bunches will have leaves the are aromatic, bright light green and quite delicate.


What Are The Health Benefits Of Cilantro In Juice Recipes?

Not everyone likes the taste cilantro. In fact, if you dislike it, it may very well be part of your unique genetic makeup, according to research studies!

Some folks say the flavor reminds them of citrus fruits, while others say it has a soapy taste. You decide! :-)

If you enjoy the taste, the possible health benefits are quite impressive. Cilantro is loaded with nutrient properties which are...
  • Antifungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Good for protecting eyesight, especially as you age
  • Helpful in purifying water, removing toxic heavy metals
  • Helpful in your body's detox processes
  • Good for lowering cholesterol
  • Excellent for boosting immune function
  • Helpful in blood sugar control

What Are The Health Benefits Of Juicing Parsley?

Parsley is way more than just another pretty garnish. If you toss some fresh parsley into your juicer, you are adding compounds known to...
  • Boost energy levels naturally
  • Improve and protect heart health
  • Help with regulating blood sugar and reducing diabetes risk
  • Neutralize certain carcinogens
  • Help with reducing inflammation
  • Reduce water retention naturally
  • Lower blood pressure

Parsley is extremely rich in antioxidants and is a superb source of vitamin K. It is also high in vitamin C and beta-carotene. You can easily add some parsley to your juicing recipes for extra health benefits.


Is Juicing Parsley For Weight Loss A Myth?

Look, parsley isn't a magic weight loss herb! However, it could assist you in your efforts to drop those extra pounds. For instance...
  • It is said to be helpful in the digestion and metabolism of fat and carbs
  • It is loaded with enzymes that can help with digestion in general
  • Parsley can help your liver to get rid of toxins
  • It can reduce all sorts of cravings
  • If you struggle with water retention, you can add parsley and cucumber to your juice recipes for relief
  • It gives extra energy, which might help you to feel more like exercising
  • It could help with hormonal balance, which can in turn reduce fat storage

12 Terrific Ginger Juice Benefits

Ginger has been used as a cooking spice for thousands of years - not only for the wonderful flavor and bite it gives food, but because it has long been recognized as a helpful home remedy for many common ailments.

In fact, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center ginger's benefits as a digestive aid has been recognized for more than 2000 years in Chinese culture.

The unique compounds (including gingerols) in ginger are known to...
  • Give relief from nausea
  • Reduce food cravings
  • Ease morning sickness
  • Fight inflammation
  • Reduce arthritis pain
  • Reduce stomach or intestinal cramping
  • Reduce embarrassing flatulence
  • Help fight motion sickness
  • Increase mobility in arthritis sufferers
  • Help with strengthening the immune system
  • Help with colds
  • Lessen pain brought on by exercise, according to a study be the University of Georgia

Research studies even indicate that ginger may offer some cancer protection.

As ginger is so potent, you only need a small piece at a time for noticeable ginger juice benefits! Experiment with it and use it according to taste. Some folks enjoy a stronger ginger flavor, while others prefer to keep things on the milder side.

Ginger tea is known to be good for use during the cold and flu season as well. While you can opt to steep slices of fresh ginger in boiling water, you can also juice some ginger on its own and add a little bit of the juice to hot water. This makes an excellent tea!


How To Prepare Ginger For Juicing

Be sure to select fresh ginger that is firm to the touch and quite smooth. It can be refrigerated for a few weeks as is. You can also freeze it, if necessary.

For juicing, you probably don't need to peel it. But, if you wish to do so, you can simply scrape off the skin with the side of a spoon. Alternatively you can use a veggie peeler.

When juicing, always add the ginger and one of the harder ingredients first. By doing this, the rest of the ingredients will ensure that every last bit of the nutrient-rich oils will land up in your juice.


Can You Juice Fresh Turmeric Root?

Yes! If you can find it, you can easily juice it. You would use it in the same way as the ginger above. Start slowly, adding about 1 inch of the fresh root. The younger the turmeric, the softer the skin will be.

Turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory spice. Curcumin is the most notable and well-researched active compound in turmeric. Some research studies found that curcumin can be as effective as anti-inflammatory drugs in arthritis patients.

Another possible health benefit of turmeric (or the curcumin in it), is that it can protect your brain from age-related degenerative diseases.

Interestingly enough, the piperine in black pepper is known to increase absorption of curcumin. In addition, both piperine and curcumin seem to slow down or block the formation and growth of new fat cells. Another incentive to use turmeric and black pepper as often as possible!


What Are The Benefits Of Adding Cayenne Pepper To Juices?

You may have heard about Capsaicin creams and their usefulness in treating muscle and joint pain. Capsaicin is the active ingredient in cayenne pepper. This oily compound has a highly effective anti-inflammatory effect.

Cayenne pepper can also be used during the cold or flu season. Do you use grandma's remedy of chicken soup when getting the sniffles? Great! But it cam be made even more effective by adding a pinch or two of cayenne powder. The pepper helps to relieve the nasty congestion that usually accompanies colds and flu.

When it comes to juicing for weight loss, cayenne is seen as one of the thermogenic substances you can utilize to speed up fat-burning.

When you ingest cayenne pepper, your body creates extra heat. It needs fuel to do this and uses fat as a source of fuel. This is why cayenne and other 'hot' spices are used in what is called 'metabolic cooking'. They temporarily speed up your body's metabolism and fat-burning power. Some studies also show that this red spice can help with blood sugar control.

And now for another easy recipe!


Sweet-Tangy-Spicy Juice Recipe

Easy juice recipe with gingerEnjoy the health benefits of juicing ginger
4 Medium carrots (greens discarded)
1 Apple
1 Pear
1 Lime
1 Inch fresh ginger root

Method:
  1. Wash all the ingredients
  2. Trim carrot ends
  3. Quarter apple and pear. Don't peel, but discard seeds
  4. Juice, adding the ginger first with one of the carrots.
  5. Pour over crushed ice and enjoy!
Servings:
2 Small to medium


Conclusion

I hope that you now have plenty of reasons to add more of these herby and spicy goodies to your juice recipes. Don't be afraid to experiment until you find the combo's that are just perfect for your own taste buds! :-) You will know when you hit that sweet spot.

Once you have tried cilantro, parsley, mint, ginger, turmeric and cayenne, you can have fun with others such as rosemary, thyme and cinnamon. Almost every bodily system can benefit from the healthy compounds packed into these herbs and spices. Seems like you can now enjoy both metabolic cooking (freebie recipe ebook to download) and metabolic juicing! Have fun!

> From the juicing for health desk of Rika Susan



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