We all know fruit and vegetables play a beneficial role in disease prevention, weight management and a healthy lifestyle. Today we detail the specific benefits of three of nature’s “super” vegetables - Carrots, Spinach and Beetroot - and how Mod Cold Press juicers make it easy to maintain a delicious and nutritiously healthy lifestyle.
Because the Mod Cold Press juicers extract double the juice of traditional juicers, they also produce double the nutrients you receive, in the form of vitamins and enzymes. Vitamins are essential to life, contributing to optimum health by regulating the metabolism and assisting the digestive processes, and releasing energy from digested food. They are considered “micro-nutrients” because our bodies only require a small amount in comparison to nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats and water. Enzymes are the essential chemicals which form the foundation of human bodily functions, working actively within the chemical reactions continually taking place in the body. As co-enzymes, vitamins work with the enzymes allowing all the activities which occur within the body to be carried out as they should be. In other words… they keep you regular!
There’s a host of health benefits the nutrients in our three “super” vegetables have to offer, and this is backed by government funded trials in medical research centres and universities nationwide…
The carrot we know today originated in Central Asia and is a domesticated version from the wild carrot, which was originally from Persia. Carrots were first grown domestically for their leaves and seeds as opposed to the orange root vegetable we grow and love today.
Carrots are an excellent source of several vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin A, biotin, vitamin K, potassium and vitamin B6.
DO CARROTS IMPROVE YOUR EYESIGHT? Not exactly; but they do strengthen various areas of your eyes. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A when it enters the body. Due to their beta-carotene content, they help protect your eyes against certain progressive diseases such as cataracts and macula-degeneration.
Juicing carrots with the Mod Cold Press doesn’t affect the nutrients in carrots and it’s easier to drink a cup of carrot juice (equivalent to six carrots) than it is to eat six carrots in one go. Juicing with the Mod Cold Press also retains the soluble fibre. In a single glass of carrot juice you will get potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium, along with vitamins A, B, B2, B6, C, and E.
IS SPINACH A SUPERFOOD? Popeye thought so! A single serving of spinach juiced in the Mod Cold Press provides 100% of your recommended daily vitamin K intake. Containing just 28 calories, a glass of spinach juice is also packed with calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, carotene, amino acids, iron, iodine and vitamins A, B, C, E and K. The iron content in spinach juice is almost double the amount found in any other vegetable. The nutrients in spinach assist in the creation of red blood cells. Known to prevent anaemia; the high alkalinity of spinach also provides relief from rheumatoid arthritis. One of the most effective benefits of spinach juice is that it combats high blood pressure.
Spinach juice on its own has a distinctive flavour, some even say it has a grassy taste. But mixed with carrots or celery, maybe a jalapeno or a dash of ginger and apple results in a delicious drink combo.
WHY BEETS? Like carrots, beets were originally valued for their leaves, which hold nutritional and therapeutic value. Ancient cultures regarded beetroot as a medicine, not as a food. Belonging to the same family as spinach, beets are high in vitamins C and B6, folate, manganese, betalin and potassium. The amazing benefits of beetroot are most effective when consumed raw in a fresh juice. Beetroot juice provides a super detox drink, helping your liver dump damaging toxins and stimulating liver cells, preventing a build-up of fatty acids. Beetroot juice is strong in flavour, but combining it with milder tasting vegetables such as celery, cucumber or an apple or lemon produces unique flavour strengths. Start off slow and add flavours until just right for your palate.
Beets are rich in natural chemicals called nitrates. Through a chain reaction, the body changes nitrates into nitric oxide helping with blood flow and blood pressure. Also rich in the nutrient betalin, research has discovered beetroot contains powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification properties.
In the 1950s, cancer patients who had already undergone chemotherapy and radiation and were considered to be in the final stages of their disease were advised to ingest raw beetroot juice to help remedy their cancer. Later research using raw beetroot juice has had positive results. Researchers have now concluded that beetroot juice can help fight against both cancerous tumours and leukemia. In a recent clinical trial, 22 patients with advanced inoperable cancers were given 10 ozs of beetroot juice for 3-4 months and showed dramatic improvement in their condition.
The University of Newcastle and John Hunter Hospital are currently collaborating in a study with beetroot juice being trialled as a cardio aid, as well as examining its effect on exercise performance among obese people. Funded by a Heart Foundation Vanguard Grant, it is believed the abundance of nitrate found in beetroot juice will metabolise in the body into nitric oxide, aiding in the health of the lining of blood vessels.