|Blueberry Mint Juice|
- 1/2 head of cabbage
- 3-4 cups of blueberries
- 2 cups of mint leaves
- 1 cup of water (for blender use only)
- 2-3 tbsp raw organic honey /or/ raw blue agave
Makes about 54-60 oz.
Put it in your juicer ... and juice it!
No juicer? No problem! Blend in your Vitamix. Then strain through a nut milk bag or a paint strainer bag...and pour in your storage container. For detailed instructions on making juice in the blender click here.
This juice tastes delightful...try it and let me know what you think.
Some Health Benefits
Cabbage: is storehouse to many phyto-chemicals like thiocyanates, indole-3-carbinol, lutein, zeaxanthin, sulforaphane and isothiocyanates. These compounds are powerful anti-oxidants and known to help protect against breast, colon, and prostate cancers and help reduce LDL or "bad cholesterol" levels in the blood. Fresh cabbage is an excellent source of natural antioxidant, vitamin C. Provides about 61% of RDA, more than that of in the oranges. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals. It is also rich in many essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins are essential in the sense that our body requires them from external sources to replenish. It also contains good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is required for the red blood cell formation. Cabbage is very good source of vitamin K, provides about 63% of RDA levels. Vitamin-K has potential role in bone metabolism by promoting osteotrophic activity in them. So enough vitamin K in the diet gives you healthy bones. In addition, vitamin-K also has established role in curing Alzheimer's disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain.
Blueberry: Blueberry contain health benefiting soluble dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and pigment anti-oxidants that contribute immensely for optimum health and wellness. Blueberries are among the highest anti-oxidant value fruits. Their antioxidant value largely derived from poly-phenolic anthocyanidin compounds such as chlorogenic acid, tannins, myricetin, quercetin and kaempferol. In addition, these berries have other flavonoid anti-oxidants such as carotene, lutien and zeaxanthin. Altogether, the phyto-chemical compounds in the blueberry help rid off harmful oxygen-derived free radicals from the body, and thereby, protect the body from cancers, aging, degenerative diseases, and infections. In addition, research studies suggest that chlorogenic acid in these berries help lower blood sugar levels and control blood glucose levels in type-II diabetes mellitus condition. Fresh berries contain small amount of vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E. Altogether these vitamins make potent lipid soluble anti-oxidants, help limit free radical mediated injury to body. The berries also contain small amount of B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine, folates and pantothenic acid. It contains very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid. These vitamins are acting as co-factors help body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats. In addition, these berries contain good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and zinc. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation.
Mint: Mint is an excellent source of several vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C and Vitamin A, according to the World's Healthiest Foods website. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that reduces free radical damage in the cells of the body. Vitamin C is also helpful in decreasing the risk of colon cancer and tumors. The carotenoids found in peppermint, including beta-carotene, provide Vitamin A. Like Vitamin C, Vitamin A protects against colorectal cancer as well as DNA damage from exposure to carcinogenic substances. Mint is also rich in iron, magnesium, calcium and other nutrients. According to the University of Michigan Health System, mint is rich in flavonoids that are particularly useful in relieving gas and spasms in the intestines. Flavonoids are nutritional plant compounds that produce many of the bright colors associated with vegetation. Reds, oranges and yellows are produced by flavonoids while greens are associated with chlorophyll. When ingested, flavonoids act as antioxidants in the body and help protect cells from damage and aging. Mint encourages saliva and bile production, which might contribute to its soothing effects and cough suppression. Talk to a physician before using mint for health reasons.
Raw Organic Honey: While honey is sweet, the vitamins present in honey are B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and certain amino acids. The minerals found in honey include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. On top of all of this “raw organic” honey is an alkaline-forming food, this type of honey contains ingredients similar to those found in fruits, which become alkaline in the digestive system. Because it contains antioxidants, enzymes and amino acids, it doesn't ferment in the stomach and it can be used to counteract acid indigestion. Raw honey is also anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. Last but not least, it contains a mineral called selenium, which is necessary for the proper support of immune system health. It is a vital mineral antioxidant found in the tissues of your body and assists in supporting an optimal balance of cardio-protective benefits as well.
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