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Juicing Cilantro

Nutritional Benefits

Cilantro is full of an unusual array of healing phytonutrients and anti-oxidants. Its leaves and seeds contain some amount of various essential oils that makes this herb useful for use in traditional medicines. It is anti-septic, analgesic, aphrodisiac, helps with digestion, fungicidal and a natural stimulant.

It is a very good source of vitamins A, C, K and traces of the B vitamins.  In the minerals department, it provides high amount of calcium and potassium.  Both of these would have already been helpful for relieving various ailments.  Then there are iron, manganese and sodium.

Health Benefits

Cilantro has such a wide variety of goodness in the little leaves, making it a very useful herb for relieving many ailments.  Include a bunch into your juice regularly for its life-giving properties.

Antibiotic properties:  An antibiotic compound, dodecenal, was isolated from cilantro and tested in the laboratory. The impressive result showed that it is twice as effective as the commonly used antibiotic drug gentamicin at killing the food-borne bacteria, salmonella.

Anti-cancer:  The anti-oxidant properties from cilantro include beta carotene, vitamin C and E, ferulic, caffeic acid, kaempferol, and quercetin. This broad spectrum of anti-oxidant helps to lower the risk of oxidative stress in the cells that are carcinogenic (cancer-causing).

Anti-microbial properties:  Cilantro contains volatile oils that have antimicrobial properties, making it a very useful herb that can be used for fungal, bacterial or yeast infections.

Anti-inflammatory properties:  Cilantro is an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids is the building block for several of the body’s most widely used families of anti-inflammatory messaging molecules and many other uses.

Blood sugar:  A study that was done on mice confirmed that this herb has an anti-diabetic effect and can control blood sugar. When juiced and consumed regularly, cilantro can help stimulate the secretion of insulin, thereby lowering blood sugar.

Bone Health:  Cilantro is an excellent source of calcium. Calcium is a vital nutrient that is required for formation and maintenance of strong bones.

Cholesterol lowering ability:  Cilantro when juiced and consumed on a regular basis can help reduce the amount of damaged fats (lipid peroxides) in the cell membranes. Studies have shown that cilantro can lower bad cholesterol level and increase the good cholesterol level.

Eyesight:  The high beta-carotene and anti-oxidants in cilantro make it one of the best herbs that helps alleviate eye problems thus improving eyesight. In addition, it also help reduce the threat posed by age; associated with vision disorders such as macular degeneration, and cataract.

Heavy metal detox:  Cilantro is one of the very few herbs that are used as a heavy metal detox agent, to detoxify mercury, aluminum and lead among others. Make a small bottle of neat, concentrated cilantro juice and mix with chlorella powder.  Drink an ounce of the mixture every day and feel the improvement to your brain power. Store the potion in the fridge.

Immune booster:  The presence of anti-oxidants, rich phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins in cilantro all work synergistically to boost the body’s overall immunity system against infection.

Insomnia:  Due to the various phytonutrients and medicinal values of cilantro, it helps rebalance the internal chemicals, providing a calming effect to the nerves that enable sleep to come easier.

Kidney stones:  Cilantro has a diuretic and detoxifying effect that can help lower the risk for kidney stones.

Consumption Tips

Wrap cilantro (still with the roots) loosely in a piece of newspaper to keep it free of moisture. Put in a plastic bag and store in the fridge to preserve it for a longer period of time.  Stored properly, it can last for up to three days.  When you want to use it, remove it from storage and soak in a bucket of clean water for about 10 minutes for it to revert back to its crisp state.

Since cilantro is very fragile, it should be washed very delicately before juicing. Put it inside a bowl filled with clean water, and moving it around with your hands gently. This process will make sure that all dirt and sand on the leaves are dislodged, and settled at the bottom of the bowl. Remove the leaves from the bowl, and replace the water.  Continue this procedure till it is clean.

Include a bunch in any of your green juices with a slice of lemon. Cilantro has a distinct taste that may be too strong for some people.  It is an acquired taste that you may choose not to acquire.  Those who acquired it love it!

 Juice of the day:

2 Swiss Chard Leaves

Handful Spinach

1/4 cup fresh Cilantro

1/2 Red Beet

1 Carrot

1 Raddish

1 Celery

1 inch size Ginger

1 Apple

1 Tomato

1/2 Avocado

1 Tbsp Flax seeds

1 Tbs Goji berries

1 Tbsp Hemp seeds

1/4 Cucmber

1 scoop protein powder

Water

Herbs - Cilantro

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Try Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is a colorful dark leafy green that can have stalks that are green, white, red, orange, or yellow. This plant despite the misleading name originated in Sicily, and is one of the most antioxidant rich foods, like, on the planet. Definitely, a nutrient dense veggie, chard is packed with disease fighting antioxidants and also vitamin E, C, A, K, B6, zinc, magnesium, manganese, copper, potassium, iron, fiber, riboflavin and protein. Swiss chard is also great for diabetics or anyone at risk for diabetes because it contains acids that help to regulate the blood sugar levels in the body. This green is also great for people with eye problems and for hair growth. It contains a high dosage of lutein, an antioxidant that is essential for eye health, and biotin, and important vitamin that promotes hair growth and strength. The stems of swiss chard are full of glutamine, which is an amino acid that with give your immune system a boost and help you recover faster from major surgeries or injuries. Besides all the aforementioned benefits, it can also help your body maintain the proper bone density, and can prevent colon cancer. Not too shabby. The next time your carting your way past these rainbow colored greens, I highly recommend you grab a bunch and give them a try. If not, just for the sake of adding some variety to your diet. To get the full nutritional benefits eat them raw and toss them in a salad or juice them.

Source: Raw Girl

Juice of the day:

2 Swiss Chard leaves

1 Carrot

1 Rainbow Beet

1 Tomato

1 Celery

1/2 Cucumber

1 Tbsp Goji berries

1 Tbsp Flax seed

1/8 Tsp Turmeric

Dash Cayenne Pepper

Water

Chard

Cheers!

Happy Tuesday Juicing

When to juice

We think it’s best to drink our juices the same day they are pressed. As soon as any juice meets the air it begins to oxidize, compromising its nutritional value. However, storing our full juices in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed glass jar slows this process. The best time to drink juice is on an empty stomach or at least an hour before eating a meal. This maximizes the amount of nutrients absorbed into the body. Of course, fresh pressed juice is still loaded with health benefits even if you can’t drink it during the recommended window.

My Juice for the day:

Handful Spinach

1 Summer Squash

1 inch size Ginger

1 inch slice of  Yellow, Orange and Red Bell Pepper

6 Green Grapes

1 Celery Stalk

1 Apple

Cilantro leaves

Dash of Cayenne Pepper

1/2 Tsp Turmeric

1 Tbsp Flax seed

1 Tbsp Hemp seed

Juice from one Lemon

Water

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Happy Monday Juicing

Whole fruit or juice

Did you know that 95% of the vitamins and enzymes our bodies need are found in the juice of raw fruits and vegetables? We would need to eat 2 lbs of carrots, 10-12 apples, or 8 lbs of spinach to get the same amount of nutrients you receive in one 16 oz juice. When you drink juice, highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and enzymes rapidly enter the bloodstream absorbing all of the nutritional benefits of the fruits and vegetables and giving your digestive organs a much-needed rest.

Juice of the day:

Handful spinach

1 Apple

6 Green Grapes

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

1 Orange

1 Celery stalk

A pinch of Mint Leaves

1 inch size Ginger

1 Tbsp Granola

1 Tbsp Goji berries

1 Tbsp Flax seed

Water

Live foods

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What Are the Benefits of Mint Leaves?

Mints are hardy, rapidly growing perennial plants native to Europe and Asia. Peppermint, one of the most widely grown and used forms, is a hybrid of spearmint. It is also a type of mint called water mint and has stronger properties than either of its parent plants. Ancient Greeks and Romans used mint leaves to relieve pain, and mint has been used in natural medicine to alleviate indigestion for nearly as long. Modern scientific studies have uncovered a variety of potential health benefits for mint.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Mint leaves are widely used as a digestive aid. Peppermint leaf oil relaxes the muscular lining of the digestive tract, relieving cramps and gas and alleviating indigestion, according to naturopath Michael T. Murray, author of “The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods.” A double-blind study published in the May 2010 issue of the journal “Digestive Diseases and Sciences” found that enteric-coated peppermint oil significantly reduced abdominal pain and improved the quality of life for patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Participants took one capsule of the mint supplement three times per day for eight weeks. .

Anticancer

Mint may offer anticancer benefits by virtue of its peryllyl alcohol, one of its constituent compounds. A tissue culture study published in the August 2012 issue of the journal “Biochimie” found that peryllyl alcohol may inhibit prostate cancer cell growth and reproduction by destabilizing its DNA structure. The compound may also help prevent liver cancer, according to a study published in the August 2012 issue of the journal “Current Cancer Drug Targets.” Researchers theorize that this and similar compounds, including carotenoids and retinoids, may act by blocking the action of cancer-causing substances in the liver. Further studies are needed to confirm these preliminary results.

Allergies

Mint contains high levels of rosmarinic acid, an antioxidant that quenches free radicals and reduces allergy symptoms by inhibiting COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes. A study published in the 2004 issue of the journal “Biofactors” found that 50 milligrams of rosmarinic acid per day for 21 days reduced levels of allergy-related white blood cells, called eosinophils, and inflammatory molecules and decreased allergy symptoms significantly. In a laboratory animal section of the study, topical application of rosmarinic acid reduced skin inflammation within five hours. Researchers concluded that rosmarinic acid may offer benefits for the treatment of seasonal allergies due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

Candida

Mint may increase the effectiveness of medications used for yeast infections, also known as candidiasis, according to a study published in the March 2012 issue of the “Journal of Medicinal Food.” In the test tube study, mint extract showed a synergistic effect against several species of candida when used together with the antifungal drug metronidazole. Further studies are needed to confirm these preliminary studies. CoxHealth Medical Centers notes that while peppermint oil shows some effectiveness against candida in test tube studies, no clinical trials have been conducted to verify its usefulness in humans.

Juice of the Day:

50% Swiss Chard

1/2 cup Berry Blend (Strawberry, Blueberry, Blackberry)

1 inch size Ginger

1/4 cup Mint Leaves

1 Celery Stalk

1 Red Apple

1/2 cup Almond or Coconut Milk

1 Tbsp Agave

1 Tbsp Granola

1 Tbsp Goji berries

1 Tbsp Chia seed

Water

Mint

Cheers!

Happy Monday

Crisp romaine lettuce is a highly nutritious leafy green to use in your juice. It has a mild flavor that is easily masked by fruit so it’s perfect if you’re new to green smoothies or making it for picky eaters.

You can add an entire head of lettuce to a fruit smoothie and not impact the taste at all. It provides 106 calories and gives me a super jolt of nutrition first thing in the morning.

50% Romaine Lettuce

1/2 cup Cantaloupe

1/2 cup Honeydew melon

1/2 Orange

12 Green Grapes

one scoop Protein Powder

1 Tbs Chia seeds

Water

Raw Food Pyramid
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