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10 juices with medicinal powers

Refreshing and delicious. So are natural juices made with fruits! But the good reasons to consume them go far beyond the taste issue: did you know that they can help relieve symptoms and even fight certain diseases?!

This great benefit comes from the fact that fruits (and vegetables) have many vitamins and minerals. A study, for example, by Glayds Block, Ph.D. from the University of California (United States), confirmed that people who consume more fruits and vegetables reduce by up to 50% the probability of having cancer; while the US National Cancer Institute suggested a link between citrus consumption and the large reduction in stomach cancer among the US population.

But these are just a few examples, as many other studies have already been and continue to be carried out in order to prove the numerous benefits that regular consumption of fruit offers to health.

In general, professionals advise people to eat five or more types of fruit daily, and the same amount of vegetables, to strengthen the immune system and thus prevent degenerative diseases.

And, of course, in addition to consuming the fruit directly, turning it into juice is a great alternative to following this recommendation.

However, it is worth mentioning, fruits (and vegetables) are not medicine! They are just nutritious foods that provide the body with vitamins and minerals to keep it healthy.

Liliane Oppermann, a nutritionist, highlights that many diseases need other interventions, so fruit juices can help, but cannot be solely responsible for fighting/curing.

The nutritionist recalls, however, that the benefits of natural juices are numerous: from simple hydration and energy supply to stimulant, antioxidant, diuretic, laxative properties, among others.

Juice recipes for health care

Below you can see a list of 10 juices that can help fight or alleviate the symptoms of certain diseases. It is worth checking:

1. Papaya, strawberry and yam for acne

Liliane Oppermann explains that, together with dermatological treatment and hormonal research, she usually recommends a diet for successful acne treatment. “As an example of juice, I nominate papaya, strawberry and yam, as these foods contain antioxidant and detoxifying properties for the body – important for smooth and healthy skin”, she highlights.

Below you can see a juice recipe with these ingredients:

  • ½ papaya
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1 medium piece of yam (without skin)
  • 200 ml of water

Preparation: Blend the ingredients in a blender. strain Serve over ice and only sweeten if necessary.

2. Green tea, grapes, lemon and kale juice for high cholesterol

Nutritionist Liliane explains that in cases of hypercholesterolemia due to dietary errors, juices – within a balanced diet – can help fight the problem. “Cabbage, lemon, green grapes and green tea form a beautiful juice rich in fibers, important for decreasing the absorption of cholesterol from food”, she says.

Below you can see a juice recipe with these ingredients:

  • 2 cabbage leaves
  • 5 green grapes
  • 1 lemon (juice)
  • 200 ml of green tea

Preparation: Blend the ingredients in a blender. strain Serve over ice and only sweeten if necessary.

3. Mango, banana and melon juice for depression

Nutritionist Liliane explains that depressive people undergoing drug and psychotherapeutic treatment obtain even better results if they practice physical activity and eat in a functional way. “Mango, banana and melon juice hydrates, sweetens and is rich in tryptophan for better serotonin formation,” she says.

Below you can see a juice recipe with these ingredients:

  • 4 slices of melon
  • 1 banana
  • 1 mango (without skin)
  • 100 ml of water

Preparation: Blend the ingredients in a blender. strain Serve over ice and only sweeten if necessary.

4. Yakon and passion fruit juice for type 2 diabetes

Nutritionist Liliane explains that type 2 diabetes is usually related to poor eating habits, sedentary lifestyle and overweight. “So, it needs to be addressed by correcting these factors and, of course, if we can count on recipes that optimize this process, why not?! I usually indicate yakon juice, passion fruit, passion fruit fiber”, she highlights.

Below you can see a juice recipe with these ingredients:

  • 5 to 6 cm yacon potato (approximately)
  • 1 passion fruit
  • 200 ml of water
  • 1 tablespoon of passion fruit fiber

Preparation: Blend the ingredients in a blender. strain Serve over ice and only sweeten if necessary.

5. Yogurt, apple and banana juice for diarrhea

Nutritionist Liliane points out that low-fat yogurt, unpeeled apples and bananas make a good juice – rich in potassium, magnesium; low in fiber and rich in probiotics.

Below you can see a juice recipe with these ingredients:

  • 1 pot of skimmed yogurt
  • 1 apple without skin
  • 1 banana
  • 100 ml of water

Preparation: Blend the ingredients in a blender. Serve with ice.

6. Juice of orange, lemon, ginger and green tea for the flu

For cases of flu, nutritionist Liliane recommends a juice made with orange, lemon, ginger and green tea. “It provides vitamin C, antioxidants and fluids,” she points out.

Below you can see a juice recipe with these ingredients:

  • 1 cup (tea) of green tea
  • 1 sliver of ginger
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • juice of 1 orange

Method of preparation: add lemon, orange and ginger juice to the green tea (ice cream). Hit the blender. Serve with ice and sweeten if necessary.

7. Pear juice, lemon balm and avocado tea for hypertension

To help fight hypertension, nutritionist Liliane suggests lemon balm juice, pear and avocado tea. “It has diuretic and calming properties,” she says.

Below you can see a juice recipe with these ingredients:

  • 200 ml of avocado tea (made from the avocado leaf)
  • 1 pear
  • 1 cup(s) minced lemongrass

Preparation: Blend the ingredients in a blender. strain Serve over ice and sweeten only if necessary.

8. Papaya juice with milk and oats for osteoporosis

To help fight/alleviate the symptoms of osteoporosis, Liliane suggests a juice made with skimmed milk, oatmeal and papaya. “It has calcium and phosphorus,” she says.

Below you can see a juice recipe with these ingredients:

  • 200 ml skimmed milk
  • 2 tablespoons of oatmeal
  • 1 medium papaya

Preparation: Blend the ingredients in a blender. Strain if necessary. Serve over ice and sweeten only if necessary.

9. Green tea, kale, pineapple and lemon juice for rheumatism

To help fight/alleviate the symptoms of rheumatism, nutritionist Liliane suggests a juice made with green tea, cabbage, pineapple and lemon. “It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties,” she says.

Below you can see a juice recipe with these ingredients:

  • 1 cup (tea) of green tea
  • 2 cabbage leaves
  • 4 slices of pineapple
  • ½ lemon (juice)

Preparation: Blend the ingredients in a blender. strain Serve over ice and sweeten only if necessary.

10. Mango, Fennel and Banana Juice for PMS

To help relieve the symptoms of PMS, nutritionist Liliane recommends a juice with fennel, mango and banana. “It soothes and improves colic,” she explains.

Below you can see a juice recipe with these ingredients:

  • 1 mango
  • 1 banana
  • 200 ml of water
  • 1/2 cup of chopped fennel

Preparation: Blend the ingredients in a blender. strain Serve over ice and sweeten only if necessary.

How long does the juice keep the properties of the fruit?

This is a common question when it comes to natural fruit juice. Liliane Oppermann explains that the ideal is to prepare the juice and, immediately afterwards, consume it, in this way the vitamins and minerals are preserved as much as possible.

But is it possible that, by preparing the juice and then putting the drink in the fridge, the properties are preserved? If yes, what is the maximum time to consume it?

Liliane reinforces that she likes to indicate that the juice is kept in the fridge to be taken on the same day, that is, consumed in less than 12 hours.

“Fruits, in general, keep the vitamins in the following order: the first to be lost are those of the B complex; second, vitamin C; in third, vitamin A and beta carotene”, adds nutritionist Liliane.

How to sweeten juice in a healthy way

Another important tip for the preparation/consumption of fruit juices is to avoid the use of sugar. This is because the use of sugar increases the glycemic load and the glycemic index of the juice, that is, it increases the amount of glucose and the speed with which it enters the bloodstream – which, consequently, can increase the risk of diabetes, inflammation. in the body and favor the accumulation of fat.

If the sugar used to sweeten the juice is refined, there is only the addition of calories, without any nutritional advantage.

Liliane Oppermann highlights that the ideal is to drink the juices without sweetening them. Many fruits, by the way, are already sweet enough and make the juice super tasty, completely dispensing with the use of sugars and/or sweeteners.

But, if you need to sweeten some juice, the tip of nutritionist Liliane is to use sucralose.

Another idea is to use coconut water instead of water in some recipes – it is rich in minerals and low in calories, in addition, it is super tasty and has the power to sweeten the juice.

How to wash and store fruit correctly at home

To make healthy and delicious juices, in addition to buying good fruits, you need to know how to store them at home.

Below you can see the guidelines on how the main (fresh) fruits should be stored at home:

Apple: keep in the fridge or at room temperature;

Banana: keep at room temperature;

Melon: keep in the fridge;

Orange: keep in the fridge or at room temperature;

Lemon: keep in the fridge or at room temperature;

Grape: keep in the fridge;

Mango: after ripe, keep in the fridge;

Pear: after ripe, keep in the fridge;

Pineapple: keep in the fridge or at room temperature.

Nutritionist Liliane points out that before making the juices, all the fruits must be washed well, to prevent diseases.

Juice made with peeled or peeled fruit?

Currently, there is a lot of talk about the fact that several minerals are found in fruit peels. Some studies also suggest that the concentration of these nutrients is higher in the skin than in the pulp.

A survey by Unesp carried out in partnership with Sesi showed, for example, that the guava peel has 3 times more protein and 40% more fiber than the pulp.

There are also concentrated nutrients, including papaya and banana peels, for example. But, of course, such peels should not be eaten raw, nor would they retain a pleasant-tasting juice if they were included in it. But they can be useful in sweet preparations or to enrich the recipe, as is the case with flour.

In the case of the juices mentioned above – which can help fight certain diseases – Liliane Oppermann suggests that they be prepared without the fruit skins. The only exception is the pear, which should be used in juices with the skin.

Now you have good juice recipes that can help fight certain diseases/health problems! But, it’s worth…

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