You’ve heard about it from every hipster you meet, you’ve seen the shocking price tag on these juice bottles in every supermarket! Cold-pressed juices are all the hype right now! But is there any truth to their miraculous benefits?
What is cold press juicing and how is it different from freshly squeezed juice?
The difference between the two lies in the method of extraction.
Cold pressed juice is obtained with a special juicer with a hydraulic press that uses thousands of pounds of pressure to extract the maximum amount of juice out of your fruits and veg.
Since no heat is involved, this type of juicer preserves all the nutrients of the fruits and vegetables.
Freshly squeezed juice is the one obtained by using a centrifugal juicer which uses extra fast spinning blades to get the juice from your fruits and vegetables.
Because the metal blades have to spin so fast, heat is generated which ends up breaking down the valuable enzymes in the fruits and vegetables. Also, air gets into the mix, oxidizing the juice and further breaking down its nutrients.
So while with freshly squeezed juice you get a pulpy tasty juice, it is not nearly as nutritionally potent as cold pressed juice which preserves 100% of the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and nutrients from your fruit and veggies.
So what exactly are the health benefits of cold press juicing?
Cold pressed juices are so nutritionally powerful because they lack the fibrous pulp of the whole fruits and vegetables, so their benefits are countless.
For one, they boost the immune system, they ease the strain of detoxification on your body, and they are packed with nutrients that fight toxins and improve your overall health.
You may have noticed that when you have a sip of cold pressed juice you immediately feel and energy kick and that’s because with cold pressed juice the body doesn’t need to break down the fibers before it can use the nutrients in the juice.
As soon as the juice enters your body it can get to work, helping your body detoxify from all the harmful things you are exposed to daily: second hand smoke, stress, smog and toxins found in junk food and alcohol.
Not only that but many people have also said that apart from feeling more energetic, they have also noted benefits such as decreased bloating, weight loss and even fading acne.
There is absolutely no doubt that cold pressed juices are rich in potassium and fiber while also standing out for their high polyphenol and Vitamin C content making them a powerful antioxidant, stimulating the brain and being an important protector against cardiovascular diseases.
Cold pressed juices are an excellent way to get your vitamins and antioxidants in.
Top 10 fruits and vegetables that are perfect for cold pressed juicing and help prevent diseases
1. Apples – Apples are one of my favorites. It’s no wonder, that the saying: “an apple a day keeps the doctor away“, emerged. Apples are jam-packed with anti-oxidants which help cleanse the body and boost our immunity. Apples are also very nutritious and when combined with carrots make a powerful juice which tastes amazing too.
2. Kale: It is high in several important nutrients, including beta-carotene and vitamins A, C, and K. Besides it has been shown to improve the risk of heart disease.
3. Lemons – Whether juicing or adding to a smoothie, lemons are a very common choice in the world of detoxing. Lemons are cancer fighting, liver cleansing and also help to lower blood pressure. Full of vitamin C too, they also help ward off the common cold.
4. Carrots: they’re rich in vitamin A, biotin, and potassium. They’re also high in carotenoids, which may be linked to a lower risk of eye disease, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.
5. Pineapples: Pineapples are great for sweetening those otherwise hard to stomach veggies like broccoli and spinach. That aside they also aid with digestion due to containing a digestive enzyme named bromelain. Pineapples are said to help dissolve blood clots and also contain anti-inflammatory qualities.
6. Beets: They’re a good source of manganese, potassium, folate, and nitrates, which aid in lowering blood pressure and improve athletic performance and brain health.
7. Berries: All berries are great for juicing because of their antiviral and antibacterial properties. You won’t get the most juice from berries because of their general consistency but they should definitely be a part of any juicing plan.
8. Cabbage: It is high in vitamins K and C along with many other nutrients. As a cruciferous vegetable, it may help protect against diabetes, heart disease, and inflammation.
9. Pomegranates: Eating pomegranate fruits for breakfast provides a healthy boost of antioxidants.
10. Spinach: It is rich in vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants and nitrates. It may help reduce blood pressure and have antacid effects.
- Broccoli: It is rich in potassium and vitamins A, B6, and C. It also packs several antioxidants like kaempferol, which may decrease cancer growth, inflammation, and mental decline.
- Cucumbers: They’re high in potassium, manganese, and vitamins K and C. They help keep you hydrated and may reduce skin inflammation.
- Wheatgrass is an edible grass that contains 17 amino acids, along with iron, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, and chlorophyll. One study found that it may promote heart health by decreasing triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
Diseases and their raw juices treatment
Here is a list of 10 different diseases with their respective “Raw Juice Therapy” provided you follow these guidelines to make the consumption of cold pressed juices safe and for them to take effect:
- All juices should be consumed immediately.
- You should use fresh fruits and vegetables and wash them thoroughly.
- Juice should be diluted with water if it is too sweet.
- Don’t follow the habit of preparing the juice in advance as it may get oxidized and lose its medicinal value.
- Acidity – Grapes, orange, sweet lime, carrot and spinach.
- Arthritis – Pineapple, sour apple, sour cherry, lemon, grapefruit, cucumber, beetroot, spinach, grapefruit.
- Constipation – Carrot, Apple, spinach.
- Colds – Spinach, celery, carrot, onion, grapefruit, pineapple.
- Diabetes – Citrus fruits, celery, lettuce, spinach and carrots.
- Depression – Carrot, Apple, Beetroot, Spinach.
- Heart diseases – Beet, spinach, red grapes, lemon, cucumber, carrot, grapefruit.
- High blood pressure – Grapes, orange, carrot, beetroot.
- Obesity – Lemon, orange, cherry, pineapple, papaya, tomato, beetroot, cabbage, lettuce, spinach, carrot.
- Stress- Strawberry, banana, pear.
So, all in all cold pressed juicing is a wonderful addition to a healthy lifestyle and a great way to get your vitamins, minerals and all the wonderful nutrients your body needs as long as you follow some rules that ensure their desired effect.
I strongly advise you to consider cold pressed juicing as an extra step towards a healthy lifestyle while having a balanced diet as well.