Super Ingredients for your Juice

15 May 2015

… by adding these ingredients for an extra health boost in every glass.

 

Coconut Water

Touted as a natural sports drink, it is loaded with electrolytes such as chloride, magnesium and sodium which aid in muscle contraction and the movement of fluids within the body. Pour one cup of packaged coconut water (available

in speciality supermarkets) into your blender when you’re juicing fruit for a drink. Make sure it doesn’t have added sugar.

Blend with… Watermelon for a hydrating post-workout quencher.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

It has acetic acid, which reportedly helps to lower the glycaemic index of foods and prolong your feeling of fullness. It’s also said to help lower the level of triglycerides in the blood (too much of which can lead to heart disease). Get the unfiltered kind – the cloudy bits contain nutritional goodies like digestive enzymes.

Blend with… Celery, kale and apples for a refreshing drink.

 

Spinach Leaves

Often overlooked, spinach is loaded with at least 13 carotenoid compounds, including beta-carotene. Recent studies indicate that these compounds can inhibit the growth of cancers by acting as antioxidants. Two cups of spinach will be enough to give you a daily antioxidant boost, says Dr Christina Low. Bonus: Its mild taste makes it a versatile ingredient in blends.

Blend with… Strawberries and blueberries for an antioxidant power shake.

 

Chia Seeds

Just two tablespoons of these super seeds give you 38% of your daily recommended value of fibre. They’re also an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. If you like some texture in your blends, let the seeds puff up in water before adding them to your juice.

Blend with… Frozen bananas and strawberries for a breakfast smoothie.

 

Lemons

Squeeze a whole lemon for a dose of vitamin C. If you can stand the bitterness, blend the spongy white part on the rind – this contains limonene, a phytochemical that reportedly helps to detoxify carcinogens.

Blend with…Pineapples and ginger for a tropical punch.

 

EXPERT SOURCES: Dr Christina Low, general practitioner from The Medical Suite, a Singapore Medical Group clinic, and Doreen Tan, nutritionist and naturopathy specialist from Best World International.

 

By Sonja Cher, Her World, February 2015

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