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5 Best Antioxidant Fruits For Juicing. From Kiwi Fruit Benefits To Memory-Boosting Berries

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What are antioxidants and why has this term become such a nutrition buzz word?

What are 5 of the best antioxidant fruits you can eat and juice?

I share my list of favorites here and I will also give you my easy and delicious Blueberry Brain-Booster smoothie recipe, plus a juice recipe crammed with antioxidants.

Did you know that vitamin C is not just another antioxidant, but may actually help you to lose weight? Or that all those wonderful kiwi fruit benefits don't just come from being high in antioxidants, but may also be due to the fact that their antioxidants are somehow easier to absorb? More about this in a minute. Let's first look at what an antioxidant is.

Your body is constantly subject to a process called oxidation. This is something you can't avoid. It is part and parcel of what happens naturally in your body during any activity, basically as long as you are using oxygen! What you are exposed to through your environment also contributes to oxidation.


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During oxidation, your body produces free radicals. These are the really bad guys that have been identified as a causative factor in many degenerative illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, serious eye disorders and diabetes.

Have you seen what happens when you have peel an apple and leave it for a while? You know how it turns brown? Or, on the other extreme, how an old car rusts up? This is all due to oxidation, similar to what happens in your body every single day... Yikes!

But, don't worry. Nature sees to it that you are not at all helpless in this.

Enter antioxidants, your allies in fighting oxidation!

One of the best ways you can counteract the damaging effects of aging and your environment, is by making sure that you increase your intake of antioxidants on a daily basis. These are particular vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals such as lycopene and lutein that are found in many wholesome foods.

These nutrients have the ability and power to 'mop up' those free radicals, preventing and repairing damage in your body.

So, how do you know which are the best antioxidant fruits? To get the highest antioxidant load, always go for the deepest and richest colored fruits you can find and eat or juice as wide a variety as possible.

Never prepare the same juice recipe day in and day out. Make sure that you vary the ingredients, so that you cover all the different color groups and give your body the broadest possible range of nutrients.

Also remember that it is not just about antioxidants in isolation. There are many, many other types of nutrients in our foods, each playing its unique role in our bodies. It is the total package of nutrients that nature gives us that will be the most beneficial in the long run.

So, here's my list of the 5 best antioxidant fruits to juice!


1. Kiwi fruit

A delicious kiwi fruit not only sports an impressive array of antioxidants, but research studies indicate that your body may be able to put the antioxidants from this green gem to better use than those in some other fruits!

The bioavailability seems to be better. In other words, your body finds it easier to absorb and metabolize the antioxidants from kiwi fruit, compared to other fruits rich in these phytochemicals. These findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

Kiwi fruit is an extremely nutrient-dense fruit. It is much higher in vitamin C than oranges. In fact, one kiwi fruit will give you about twice the vitamin C you would get from one orange!

In addition, kiwi fruit is a great source of the antioxidants vitamin E, as well as the carotenoid lutein. Lutein is powerful in terms of preventing degenerative eye diseases that can develop as you age. The health benefits from kiwi fruit also include strengthening your immune system, lowering blood pressure and helping with cardiac health in general.

So, when it comes to limiting oxidation in your body, keep the unique health benefits of kiwi fruit in mind!


2. Blueberries

This is another of my favorites to use. Just chuck a handful of these berries into your juicer with some other fruits and veggies, and you are adding a substantial percentage of your antioxidant intake for the day. Increasing your antioxidant levels can't get much easier than that, can it?

Many reliable studies are pointing towards the monumental help these little masterpieces can give your body over time. They may help to ward off cancer, to help your heart and arteries to remain healthy for longer and to lower your cholesterol.

The results of research that shows how blueberries can protect your brain health as you age are highly impressive. But, it doesn't end there. A study done by Dr. James Spencer of Reading University shows that blueberries may help you right now, improving your concentration and memory. In their research folks who had a blueberry smoothie in the morning, were measurably better at brain-related tasks later in the day!

The antioxidants cocktail in these power-berries include vitamin C, vitamin E, resveratrol, anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins and manganese. Many of these are also found in other types of berries, so any mix of berries will be helpful.


3. Cranberries

This is the secret weapon in your kitchen that can help to prevent bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall. If you drink cranberry juice regularly, you may be able to avoid urinary tract infections. Unfortunately, if you already have an infection in your urinary tract, cranberries alone won't be effective. Always consult your doctor and don't try and treat yourself by drinking cranberry juice!

Cranberries are rich in antioxidants such as vitamins C, K and manganese. They are also crammed with anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, flavonols and phenolic acids such as ellagic acid, all sporting antioxidant activity.

Another antioxidant plus for cranberries is that they also contain resveratrol, comparable to the levels found in grapes. Resveratrol helps to lower inflammation and to promote heart health.

Cranberry juice will be quite tart, so try adding some other goodies such as grapes, pears or apples to give you a better taste experience! Or you can mix it with cucumber and greens if you need a juice that is lower in sugar.


4. Dark red or purple grapes

How amazing that so many powerful phytonutrients can be gathered in each sweet grape! The star in dark red or purple grapes is of course resveratrol, but this is just one of the many antioxidant substances you can benefit from when eating or juicing grapes. Grapes also sport these antioxidants...

  • Carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein
  • A variety of phenolic acids
  • Procyanidins
  • Proanthocyanidins
  • Flavonols, such as quercetin
  • Vitamin C
  • Manganese
  • Vitamin K

Grapes may be helpful in...

  • Offering cancer protection
  • Helping with brain function
  • Lowering inflammation
  • Protecting your heart
  • Helping with blood sugar balance
  • Promoting healthy aging and longevity

5. Oranges

You know all about eating oranges to rev up your immune system and prevent colds. But did you know how crucial oranges can be if you want to give your cells protection from free radicals and therefore extra cancer protection?

As the vitamin C limits free radical damage, it helps to reduce inflammation in your body in the process. If inflammation can be kept down, it can lower the occurrence of things like cancer, cardiac problems, asthma and arthritis. If you already have a condition like asthma, vitamin C and other antioxidants may help to reduce the severity.

Oranges are not just about vitamin C. Other well-muscled antioxidants in citrus include limonoids which play a part in cancer prevention and healthier cholesterol levels. Another pair, hesperidin and naringenin, may help to keep your arteries healthy and may lower blood sugar levels. Your body also finds it very easy to absorb these two.

To get more of these, make your own fresh orange juice and be sure to peel the oranges as thinly as possible. Hesperidin and naringenin are primarily found in the peel and white pith just underneath the peel. Try to retain as much of the white stuff as you can.

Researchers are also looking into the possibility that a lack of vitamin C may contribute to difficulties in losing weight! Another solid motivation to use oranges in your juice recipes.


More excellent antioxidant fruits and vegetables...

  • Pineapple
  • Acai berries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Plums
  • Cherries
  • Kale
  • Beets
  • Bell peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Spinach
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cantaloupe or melon
  • Guava

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Blueberry Brain-Booster Smoothie

1 Cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 Banana (partly frozen)
1 Cup plain or vanilla yogurt
2 to 3 Teaspoons ground nuts or ground flax seed
Optional: 1 to 2 Teaspoons honey for added sweetness, if you wish

Method:

Cut the banana into sections. Add to your blender with all the other ingredients. Blend on a low setting until smooth and creamy. You can add some low-fat milk if the smoothie is too thick. Pour over ice and enjoy!

Free Radical Fighter Juice

Remember that, generally speaking, you should not be juicing only fruits. A fruit juice such as this one is fine now and then, but you should always aim to focus on vegetables or at least mixing fruits and vegetables. If you have any blood sugar problem, please speak to your doctor before juicing, as you may have to steer clear of certain fruits and veggies.

The soluble fiber which is retained when juicing should help to slow down the release of sugar into your system. However, fruits are still higher in sugar than most veggies.

1 Kiwi fruit
1 Apple
1/4 to 1/2 pineapple (wash before cutting)
1/2 Cup of cranberries
1/2 Cup blueberries
Mint leaves to garnish

Method:

1. Wash all the ingredients
2. Peel kiwi fruit thinly and halve
3. Peel pineapple, discarding peel. Cut into chunks
4. Juice and pour over crushed ice
5. Garnish with one or two mint leaves


Up your intake of antioxidants further by eating a small quantity of nuts when having your juice. Or you can add some ground nuts to your juice. This will also improve absorption of the fat-soluble nutrients and antioxidants in fruits and veggies. You can opt for pecans as a really great source of antioxidants, or other nuts such as hazelnuts and walnuts.

> From the juicing for health desk of Rika Susan

References:
1. Kiwi fruit benefits
2. Blueberries and your brain
3. Limonin Ready To Help Your Body!




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