May 26, 2014

collards + carrots juice

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 Prep Time 5 min 
Total Time 10 min
Servings 2-3

INGREDIENTS
  • 8-10 stalks of collard greens
  • 5 large carrots
  • handful of parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 inch ginger root (according to taste)

 INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Wash all vegetables thoroughly.
2.  Feed the vegetables and fruit through the juicer.  The greens, parsley, and ginger seem to work better if the greens are rolled up and the ginger and parsley are placed in the middle of the roll.   
3.  Rinse and clean juicer.
4.  Serve immediately.

 Enjoy!!

For those of you that like their research (like me) here are some fun facts...
  •  Chlorophyll-  Green juice is rich in chlorophyll, which gives greens their color. Chlorophyll helps your body detoxify. For example, it may inhibit absorption of environmental pollutants like dioxin and also help your body excrete them quicker, says K. Morita, lead author for a study published in "Environmental Health Perspectives."  Chlorophyll also enhances oxygen transport in your body and is a top nutrient for balancing your body’s pH by helping to reduce acidity. Low-grade acidosis may contribute to fatigue as well as other health concerns, including kidney stones and lower growth hormone levels, which lead to more body fat and loss of lean muscle mass.
  • Antioxidants-  Green Juices are antioxidant-rich beverages, notes Estitta Bushkin and Gary Bushkin in the "Better Nutrition" magazine article, “Anti-Aging with Antioxidants.” Antioxidants protect your cells from damage by free radicals, which are produced when your body breaks down food and caused by exposure to environmental factors like tobacco smoke. Free radicals may have a role in diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Both versions of the juice offer the benefit of antioxidants. 
  • Carrots- Carrots are an excellent source of pro-vitamin A, vitamins C, D, E, K, B1 and B6.They are rich with biotin, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, organic sodium and some trace minerals.
    • Immune system- It does wonders for boosting the immune system by increasing the production and performance of white blood cells; building resistance to various kinds of infections.
    • Inflammation- Its anti-inflammatory effect greatly helps reduce arthritis, rheumatism, gout and other inflammations.
    • Eyesight/vision- Beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin are some of the finest nourishment that help keep the optic system in tip-top condition, with special protection against astigmatism, macular degeneration and cataracts.
    • Congestion- Carrot juice is very effective in dispelling mucus from the ear, nose and throat area, easing nasal congestion, sinusitis, phlegm and mucus in the throat and other similar disorders.
    • Cholesterol- Pectin in carrots lowers the serum cholesterol levels.
    • Asthma- The antioxidants effectively protects the respiratory system from infections and free-radical attacks.
    • Atherosclerosis- The highly cleansing power of this miracle juice scrubs away even the old build-up of arterial deposits, reducing the risks of heart diseases and stroke.
  • Collard Greens- Collard greens are a nutrient powerhouse, with excellent levels of vitamins and minerals.  They contain vitamin A, rich in B vitamins, particularly niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6) and riboflavin (B2), which are essential for overall body health. They also contain high levels of vitamin C and K.  Additionally, collards are also rich sources of calcium, magnesium, and phytonutrients such as lutein and lipoic acid.
    • Immune System- The vitamin C that is present in collards is great for strengthening immune system. With sufficient vitamin C, your body will be able to fight different kinds of disease.
    • Dementia- The high level of folate found in collards is essential for lowering homocysteine level. People who have high levels of homocysteine are found to be at risk of heart attack, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.
    • Skin Health- Collards are excellent source of calcium, vitamins A, C, K and phytonutrients, all representing nutrients for good skin health. They are also one of the richest sources of lutein, and contains beta-carotene, both improve our skin’s elasticity, firmness and keep it healthy.
    • Vision Health- Collard greens contain a high concentration amount of carotenoids (zeaxathin and lutein).  Both these ingredients  are necessary for protecting our eyes against ultraviolet lights.  Due to the high levels of these anti-oxidants, they are helpful in defending the retina against free radicals.
    • Cancer- This green vegetable contains high levels of antioxidant that fight free radicals. Free radicals are harmful elements that damage skin cells. They are the main culprits of cancer development and skin disorders initiation. Having high levels of antioxidant in the body helps lower risks of cancer.
    • Blood Building- The high content of chlorophyll in collards helps to improve the hemoglobin level in one’s body. The chlorophyll molecules are closest to human’s hemoglobin molecules, making it one of the best juices for people who are anemic. They are blood building and encourages smooth blood circulation, preventing blood stagnancy and inflammation.
    • Bone Health- Collards is great for bone health, repair and development. People who are faced with bone problem, such as osteoporosis, will find this vegetable a great help.
  • Ginger- Ginger is known to have more than twelve types of antioxidants, making it useful for the treatment of many disorders. Like other spices, it has aphrodisiac properties and is used widely for medicinal purposes.  This herb contains essential oils, protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin C, choline, folate, inositol, manganese, panthotenic acid, silicon, and a small amount of vitamin B3.
    • Digestive health- Ginger gets your digestive system up and running and is known to contribute to awesome digestive health. It can help digest fatty foods and break down proteins. It also tends to reduce gas or burping as well as prevent afflictions like diarrhea.
    • Inflammation- One of the amazing benefits of ginger is its power to reduce inflammation. Because of this, ginger can be used to treat any disease caused by inflammations such as arthritis or ulcerative colitis.
    • Cholesterol- It reduces the level of cholesterol absorbed and may have a role in lowering LDL cholesterol.
    • Immune booster- Ginger promotes healthy sweating which is often instrumental during the cold or flu. Along with detoxification, German scientists have found that sweat contains a powerful germ-fighting agent which fights infection.

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