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Chapter 6

Superfoods To The Rescue

Superfoods To The Rescue

Does thinking about the toxins in your body get you Hulk-levels of angry? Then it’s time to start talking about Superfoods!

FACT: Superfoods are loaded with important micronutrients, superfoods are some of the healthiest foods around.

What Are Superfoods?

Superfoods are plant-based foods whose nutritionally-dense characteristics that make them good for your health. Loaded with important micronutrients, superfoods are some of the healthiest foods around. Superfoods are just one part of a healthy, balanced diet. But they are a great way to start incorporating more nutrients into your daily meals.

16 Superfoods You Should Be Juicing

Apples

These super fruits possess 1/4 of your daily vitamin C requirements! Additionally, the added Vitamin C can increase your body's ability to produce collagen (a nutrient known for benefiting joint health, and improved production of hair, skin, and nails!). Apples are also a great source of the flavonoid phloridzin, which can help to prevent osteoporosis.

    Lemons

    With 1/3 of your daily vitamin C requirements, these tart super fruits pack quite a nutritional punch! Fresh lemon juice helps ease and heal a sore throat, improve your digestion, and relieve heartburn. And if all of that isn’t impressive enough, lemons also house powerful antioxidants. Unexpected just how much healthy goodness is packed into such a tiny super fruit.

    Fresh lemon juice has also been shown to reduce:

    • Heart Disease
    • High Blood Pressure

    Celery

    Crunchy, raw celery is loaded with fiber, and vitamins A, C, and K, making it a great snack any time of the day. With only 10 calories per stalk, you can munch on this super vegetable to your heart’s content.

    Beets

    Rich in nitrates, beets can help to lower your blood pressure, letting your body relax and enjoy the natural rhythm in life. This veggie is high in potassium and iron to help improve your brain health and combat against anemia—not to mention it’s a great source of antioxidants. That’s a lot to feel up-beet about!

    Beets are also a good sources of:

    • Vitamin B6
    • Vitamin C
    • Fiber

    Ginger

    The health benefits of ginger are impressively strong. A natural remedy for treating nausea, muscle soreness, arthritis pain, and even hair loss, ginger is a super root that can handle any type of pain your body throws at it. With its own anti-inflammatory compounds, ginger is a safe alternative to painkillers to help alleviate achy muscles and nausea.

    Carrots

    Carrots contain beta-carotene, a super ingredient that your body converts to vitamin A in your liver. The vitamin A is then transformed in your retina to rhodopsin, a purple pigment that strengthens vision, reduces macular degeneration, and protects your peepers from developing cataracts. In just a 100g serving, you get more than 100% of your daily dose of vitamin A. Carrots are also a great source of lycopene, which enhances your liver and adrenal gland function, as well as promoting cellular health and antioxidant activity.

    Cucumbers

    You’ve heard the saying ‘cool as a cucumber’; now understand why this super vegetable has gained such an impressive street cred! Loaded with the mineral silica – responsible for healthy connective tissues in your body – cucumbers are also packed with vitamins A, B and C, magnesium, and potassium!

      Turmeric

      Turmeric is an excellent source of important vitamins, including B6 and manganese. The powerful antioxidant effects of turmeric helps neutralize free radicals and stimulates the body’s own antioxidant enzymes, helping fight age-related chronic diseases, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. Turmeric contains curcumin, packing powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It has also been linked to improved brain function, so your body and mind can both perform at their peak!

      Spinach

      Popeye-approved, spinach is bursting at the seams with valuable health benefits. Providing 181% of your vitamin K and 56% of your vitamin A intake requirements in just one cup, spinach has certainly earned its superfood reputation. This leafy green helps protect against oxidative stress, ensuring your health meter reads optimal. Spinach also helps maintain your bone health, providing an excellent source of both calcium and magnesium.

      Activated Charcoal

      Activated charcoal is a natural substance that traps and flushes toxins from your body. It has a number of body and health benefits, from helping alleviate gas, bloating, and stomach cramps to cleansing your digestive tract. Charcoal can also help lower high cholesterol and reduce high levels of bile acids.

      Kale

      Kale is one of the most impressive superfoods, providing over 50 different health benefits. One cup of kale contributes 71% of your vitamin C, 590% of your vitamin A, and a whopping 1180% of your vitamin K intakes. With over 45 different antioxidant flavonoids, kale helps defend against oxidative stress. It also contains a natural anti-inflammatory, lowering your risk for chronic inflammation and associated health problems. That’s not all—rich in omega-3 fatty acids, kale supports brain and heart health, as well as lowering your risk for type 2 diabetes. This is one superfood you don’t want to miss out on!

      Spirulina

      Found on the bottom of warm lakes in Africa, and Central and South America, this green algae has 26 times the amount of calcium than milk, and extreme levels of chlorophyll which help to remove toxins from your blood and boost your immune system. Also boasting high levels of Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, and A, C, D, and E, there is little that this superfood can’t do for your body. Spirulina is what superfoods are made of!

      Grapefruit

      Grapefruit contains a special type of fiber called pectin which can help remove arterial buildup and protect the body from risks of heart disease. With 52% of your daily intake of immune-boosting vitamin C, the powerful antioxidants you get from grapefruit help protect your body from cell damage. This pucker-inducing fruit also boosts your metabolism and promotes intestinal health while reducing your risk of kidney stones.

      Pineapple

      This ultra sweet super fruit’s health benefits are as tough as its rough exterior rind. Pineapples are a great source of the enzyme bromelain, a natural anti-inflammatory, and protector against the development of malignant cells. They are also an excellent source of vitamin C—providing 131% of your daily requirements in one cup— contributing to collagen synthesis to encourage proper bone, skin, and organ health!

      Wheatgrass

      This antioxidant rich superfood provides the immune system just what it needs to defend against harmful pathogens! Additionally, its high mineral content provides support to the cardiovascular system and even plays a role in balancing blood sugar levels!

      Elderberry

      Rich in Vitamin C and known especially for its anti-viral properties, this North American superfood provides a boost to the immune system as both a defensive choice during cold and flu season!

      Organic vs. Non-Organic

      Non-organic produce is exposed to a wide assortment of chemicals that ultimately seep into the produce, and end up in our bodies. Sounds like something no one wants, right? Avoiding the use of chemicals maintains the integrity of the produce, and helps make sure the fruits and veggies preserve their nutrients.

      Why organic?

      • Uses natural pesticides
      • No GMO
      • Higher antioxidant capacity
      • Better for the environment
      • Supports local farmers

      OOrganic fruits and vegetables. 30% more flavonoids. 40% more antioxidants. 25% more nutritious in vitamins and minerals. 40% more vitamin c, zinc and iron

      At Pulp & Press we want to ensure you get only the best ingredients, which is why we use 100% certified organic produce to create our delicious juices!

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