The Real Benefits of Juicing 8 Popular Fruits & Vegetables

The Real Benefits of Juicing 8 Popular Fruits & Vegetables

Here’s what drinking fruit and vegetable juice can really do for your health.


By: Maressa Brown

Fad diets and Hollywood-endorsed workout routines may come and go, but juicing is one health trend that seems like it is here to stay. Wellness experts from all different backgrounds seem to sing the praises of liquefying your fruits and veggies. But even if you’re open to jumping on the bandwagon, how do you know which juice is best for you? Here, the benefits of eight popular juices.

1. Beet: While they may not be everyone’s cup of tea (or shall we say, cup of juice), beets are packed with folate, potassium, vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants, and nitrates, which are particularly helpful to blood health. In fact, research shows beets may boost stamina, improve blood flow, and help lower blood pressure. One study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism found that people who drank beet juice for six days experienced better stamina during intense exercise. In other words, it may be smart to swig beet juice if you’re hoping to go from the couch to that 5K!

2. Carrot: Juicing this bright orange veggie will offer a high dose of beta-carotene, a source of vitamin A. Large studies have shown that consuming foods rich in beta-carotene can reduce your risk of developing heart disease and cancer. (Other good sources of this vitamin include peppers and squash.)

3. Pomegranate: If you want antioxidants -- which are known for keeping free radicals and disease away -- pomegranate is the no. 1 pick. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry compared the antioxidant potency of commonly consumed beverages and concluded that pomegranate juice outranked the other beverages in antioxidant potency by at least 20 percent.

4. Spinach: Not only will juicing spinach ensure that you’re getting your greens, but it offers a hefty dose of manganese, a mineral that helps protect cells from damage caused by toxic compounds. It also helps the body break down carbs and protein from other foods and aid in cartilage and bone growth. With spinach juice (or spinach added to a mixed juice, like a green drink), you’ll also get a rich kick of vitamin K, or phylloquinone, which regulates blood thickness and helps the body form blood clots after injury. (If you take blood-thinning medications, it’s best to talk to your doctor before drinking spinach juice.)

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5. Blueberry: The fresh variety may be harder to find in the fall and winter, but it’s possible to pick up blueberry juice in the grocery store all year round. And it’s worth doing for your memory alone! Blueberries contain the polyphonic compounds anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants. Research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry looked at the effects of daily consumption of wild blueberry juice on the memory of aging adults. At the end of a 12-week study, subjects who showed early memory changes had improvement in learning and word-recall tests.

6. Cranberry: Anyone who has ever suffered from a urinary tract infection knows exactly how powerful cranberry juice can be. That’s thanks to metabolites in cranberry juice, which prevent the buildup of bacteria that cause UTIs. (Bonus: Research shows it may work within eight hours .) Not to mention that it has tons of vitamin C to support your immune system. If you suspect you have an active infection, though, call your doctor to discuss what treatment options are right for you.

7. Lemon: Lemon juice, which can be combined with other juices like apple and spinach, offers several benefits -- from weight loss (thanks to pectin, a soluble fiber that may increase a feeling of fullness to help banish cravings) to preventing calcium kidney stones (because lemon juice raises citrate levels in the urine and thwarts formation of calcium stones).

8. Cucumber: Although cucumbers contain a lot of water, juicing them can offer a bevy of benefits, as they’re such an acid-neutralizing fruit (that’s right, not a veggie!). Research notes that cucumber juice has a cleansing action within the body by removing accumulated pockets of old waste materials and chemical toxins. So consider it a super-detoxifier!

What juices are your favorite, and why?



Maressa Brown is a senior staff writer for The Stir. She loves writing about and reading up on health/fitness, relationships, and pop culture -- preferably on a beach somewhere.

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