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Here I have brought together many fruits which are vital to our health because of their vitamin and mineral content and the vital important role they play in our health. If you have health conditions, fruit juicing is such an easy way to help your body detoxify and begin the rejuvenation of your whole system. Fruit juices are a delicious way to begin your day and are packed full with wonderful flavors which the whole family will enjoy.
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Fresh apple juice made from unpeeled apples is rich in vitamins and minerals, and a very high percentage of vitamin A is concentrated in apple skins. The vitamin C content helps prevent colds, flu and intestinal infections and activates the body’s elaborate defense system against bacterial toxins.
The substantial amount of fruit pectin in fresh apple juice is responsible for its cloudiness. The pectin forms a gel in our intestines, absorbs and dissolves toxins, and stimulates peristalsis, the wave-like motion that moves food through the digestive tract. This can help to eliminate constipation or diarrhea.
Apple juice is rich in malic acid, which cleanses and heals inflammatory conditions. Storage may considerably reduce vitamin C levels.
Apple juice is the only fruit juice that can be mixed with any vegetable juice, and I find it very useful in all my juicing programmes.
Anemia, aneamia, arthritis, circulatory weakness, constipation, cystitis, gout, headache and migraine, indigestion, kidney disorders, liver disorders, rheumatism, weight loss
Apricots contain much vitamin C. They also have a high concentration of beta-carotene especially in the ripened fruit, which may help the body prevent cancer.
They contain potassium and magnesium, two minerals that supply us with energy, stamina and endurance, as well as iron for blood formation and silicon for healthy hair and skin. Apricots are high in malic acid, and are therefore beneficial for healing and cleansing.
Anemia, cancer, constipation
An excellent source of vitamins A, C and E, iron, magnesium, calcium and fibre, and is high in carbohydrates. Their acids make them a valuable relief for diarrhea and the iron is a good source for vegetarians.
Astringent, circulatory weakness, diarrhea, menopause
Blackcurrant’s are especially rich in vitamin C, a protection against cancer and heart disease. A substance in the fruit inhibits oxidation, giving the syrup a long shelf-life. It is unusual in that it contains three other nutrients not normally found in appreciable amounts in fruit — calcium, magnesium and vitamin E. The juice is also known as a good home remedy for sore throats.
Red currant’s and white currants have less vitamin C. Unlike black currant’s, white currants contain high levels of potassium and calcium, but only trace amounts of vitamins A and E.
Circulatory weakness, convalescence, cystitis, respiratory problems
More commonly used in the USA than in Britain, blueberries provide carbohydrate energy. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, and a moderate source of iron and fibre. The acids in the fruit help prevent or control bladder problems. The juiced leaves are said to help reduce blood sugar for diabetics.
Acne, astringent, bladder disorders, canker sores, diarrhoea, protects blood vessel walls
Cherry juice contains beta-carotene and vitamin C, as well as calcium, chlorine, magnesium, phosphorous, sodium, sulfur, high potassium and trace elements of cobalt, copper, manganese and zinc. It is said to be helpful in cases of arthritis and gout.
Discard the stones (pits), using a cherry stoner, and mix with equal parts water or apple juice as the juice is quite strong.
Anaemia, anemia arthritis, catarrh, constipation, cramps, gallstones, gout, indigestion, menstrual problems, prostate disorders, rheumatism, sciatica, weight loss
Widely marketed in the United States, they usually arrive in Britain in time for the Christmas festivities. The juice contains vitamins A, B6 and C and folic acid. It also includes the minerals calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and sulphur. Cranberries are said to be very useful for urinary tract problems and a substance in the juice can provide temporary relief of lung congestion.
Asthma, bladder disorders, cystitis, diarrhoea, fever, fluid retention, indigestion, kidney disorders, lung disorders, prostate disorders, skin disorders, urinary tract infection, weight loss
The elderberry grows wild throughout Europe and has a history of medicinal applications. It is important to choose only very ripe berries, as the unripe fruit contains poisonous alkaloids. Elderberries are a good source of vitamin A and a moderate source of vitamin C, which assists in the prevention of colds. The juice can soothe the chest and induces sweating, which is thought to be beneficial in a feverish cold. It is a mild laxative and has diuretic properties.
Colds, constipation, fluid retention, respiratory infection.
Grape juice contains supplies of vitamins A, Bl, B2 and a little C, niacin and an abundance of minerals. It is a good source of tartaric acid and energy-producing sugar. Grapes stimulate kidney function and help regulate the heartbeat; they cleanse the liver and eliminate uric acid from the body; they soothe the nervous system. Grape juice is easily digested.
Anaemia, anxiety, blood disorders, cancer, catarrh, constipation, fever, gout, hemorrhoids, indigestion, kidney disorders, liver disorders, menstrual problems, rheumatism, skin disorders, stress, tumors, weight loss.
Grapefruit juice is rich in vitamin C and in the minerals calcium, phosphorous and potassium, and contains lesser amounts of various other minerals. The high content of bioflavonoids in the white pulp helps the body to retain and use vitamin C, so when juicing leave as much pith on the fruit as you can and only discard the outer peel. Pink grapefruits are very high in beta-carotene — 280 ug per 100 g/4 oz.
Bruises, cancer, catarrh, colds, coughs, ear disorders, fatigue, fever, gout, hangover, indigestion, insomnia, liver disorders, menopause, pregnancy, pyorrhoea, scurvy and other skin disorders, sore throat, varicose veins, weight loss
A popular fruit worldwide, native to China but large quantities are now grown in New Zealand, California and Israel. Kiwi fruit are very rich in nutrients and they have twice as much vitamin C as oranges. They are rich in potassium too, vital to every cell in our body, a deficiency of which can lead to high blood pressure, depression, fatigue and poor digestion.
Catarrh, circulatory weakness, colds and flu, coughs, digestive weakness, fatigue, high blood pressure, skin disorders, sore throat, stress, weight loss.
Lemons have more vitamin C than oranges as well as B vitamins. Lemon juice protects the mucous membranes lining the digestive tract. Lemon peel contains a substance that helps the body absorb vitamin C, so juice the entire fruit.
Dilute the juice with water and drink it before breakfast to keep your bowels regular.
Anaemia, asthma, blood disorders, cancer, catarrh, colds, constipation, coughs, cystitis, ear disorders, fever, gout, hangover, indigestion, infection, liver disorders, pneumonia, pyorrhoea, rheumatism, scurvy and other skin disorders, sore throat, weight loss.
Similar to lemon juice and with the same benefits, but not as acidic and a good body cleanser.
Anaemia, blood disorders, cancer, colds and flu, constipation, coughs, ear disorders, fever, gout, hair loss, hangover, infection, insomnia, liver disorders, nervous disorders, pneumonia, pyrrohoea, sore throat, weight loss
The ‘king of tropical fruits’, it has very high levels of vitamin A (beta-carotene), moderate amounts of iron, and one medium-sized mango provides the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. It also has high levels of magnesium, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. They vary very much in size.
This is a fruit I prefer to eat whole, but for juicing you should halve the fruit horizontally, remove the large stone (pit), then strip off the tough outer skin.
Acne, constipation, hangover, indigestion, kidney disorders, liver disorders, ulcers, weight loss.
There are many types of melon — honeydew, casaba, charentais, ogen, santa claus, Spanish, cantaloupe and watermelon, to name but a few.’ They are all rich in vitamins A and C and the B-complex vitamins, which makes them good skin and nerve food.
They all have a variety of minerals, enzymes and plenty of natural unconcentrated sugar. They are cooling and have a tonic effect on digestion.
Juice the entire melon and always eat or drink it by itself.
Anxiety, arthritis, bladder disorders, constipation, cramps, cystitis, fluid retention, headache and migraine, kidney disorders, mouth ulcers, prostate disorders, skin disorders, stress, varicose veins, weight loss.
Compared with other fruits the orange is very nutritious, and the freshly squeezed fruit or peeled and juiced whole fruit is far superior in taste and nutrients to bottled or frozen orange juice.
The juice is rich in vitamin A, contains some vitamin C and small amounts of vitamins Bl, B2, B6, E and K, biotin, folic acid, inositol, niacin, bioflavonoids and 11 amino acids. There are also many minerals in oranges. Along with grapefruit and lemon juices, orange juice cleanses and tones the gastrointestinal tract.
The heart and lungs also benefit, and overly acidic blood is alkalised by drinking orange juice on a regular basis (four doses of about 175 g/6 oz a week). Blood oranges are much higher in beta-carotene, a vitamin A precursor.
To juice, remove the skin thinly but leave as much of the white pith and membrane on the fruit as possible as this is beneficial and helps the system to absorb the vitamin C.
Anaemia, asthma, blood disorders, cancer, catarrh, colds, coughs, fatigue, fever, gout, hangover, heart disease, high blood pressure, indigestion, liver disorders, lung disorders, menopause, pneumonia, pyorrhoea, rheumatism, scurvy and other skin disorders, sore throat, weight loss.
This tropical fruit (which should not be confused with the papaw fruit from a small North American tree) has a delicious tasting juice and is a wonderful fruit for juicing to treat various health conditions . It’s very high in vitamins A and C.
It also supplies iron and is a boon to weight watchers as it has no sucrose but contains laevulose, which is especially suitable for diabetics. It contains an active principal called papain, which has long been recognized as being of considerable value in dyspepsia and helps to digest protein.Papain is used commercially to tenderize meat.
Discard the seeds before juicing (they are used as a vermifuge treatment to expel intestinal worms in veterinary medicine) and peel the fruit before juicing. The rather thick juice can be thinned with water and it tastes very good with apple juice. They are also very good not juiced but eaten whole with a little lemon juice.
Acidosis, acne, blood disorders, colds and flu, constipation, coughs, diabetes, eczema, gout, heart disease, indigestion, kidney disorders, liver disorders, sciatica, sore throat, tumours, ulcers, weight loss.
Peaches are rich in vitamins A (beta-carotene), B-complex and C, as well as minerals such as calcium, potassium, manganese, chlorine and sulphur. The juice cleanses the intestines and stimulates activity in the lower bowel. It is also said to be helpful in the prevention of morning sickness.
Most of the nutritional value lies in the skin, so remove the stone (pit) and juice the whole peach. The juice is fairly thick so it can be mixed with water, apple or grape juice.
Blood disorders, constipation, indigestion, pregnancy.
Pears are a good source of carbohydrate, fibre and folic acid. They contain vitamins A, Bl, B2 and C and niacin. They are also rich in phosphorus and potassium and contain lesser amounts of other minerals. Like apples, pears are an important source of pectin, a valued aid to digestion, and they cleanse the body of toxins and other waste by stimulating bowel activity.
Buy firm but ripe pears for juicing. Pear juice mixes well with apple juice or can be diluted with water or lemon juice.
Bladder disorders, constipation, liver disorders, prostate disorder.
Fruit Juicing for Health Conditions
Pineapples contain bromealin, a very special enzyme that helps to balance and neutralise fluids that are either too alkaline or too acidic, and also stimulates hormonal secretion in the pancreas. Pineapples are loaded with minerals and vitamins A, B-complex and C. Because of the vitamin C content, pineapple is also very effective in soothing throats.
Choose pineapples with a yellow skin, that smell strong and sweet, and give a little when pressed. The thick skin contains many nutrients, so juice the entire fruit, if your juicer is powerful enough.
Acidosis, anxiety, blood disorders, colds, depression, gout, hangover, indigestion, kidney disorders, menopause, menstrual problems, pneumonia, pyorrhoea, sciatica, sore throat, stress, weight loss.
Plums are related to peaches and some cherries and have to be stoned (pitted) for juicing. They provide vitamins A, C and E and iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium, as well as carbohydrates for energy. They are high in malic acid, so are good for cleansing and healing.
Dilute thick plum juice with water or apple or grape juice.
Bladder disorders, circulatory weakness, constipation, fatigue.
The fruit is nearly 77 per cent water. It is very rich in sodium and vitamins B and C and also contains some vitamin A. It has a cleansing and cooling effect on the system and can act as a laxative.
Constipation, cystitis, menopause
PRUNES AND DRIED FRUITS
Prune juice is a good source of vitamin A and the minerals copper and iron. There is benzoic and quinic acid present, which makes an excellent laxative. Plums are high in potassium, but show only traces of vitamin C.
You need a blender and a strainer to juice prunes and all dried fruits, not a home juicer. Soak 15 stoned (pitted) prunes overnight in 1.2 litres/ 2 pts/5 cups of hot water, then blend in the soaking water. Strain the juice and discard the pulp.
Anaemia, arthritis, constipation, haemorrhoids, weight loss.
Raspberries contain a significant amount of vitamin C, are high in iron, and have a moderate amount of magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Valued by herbalists for their cooling effect, they are also thought to be a useful aid in convalescence .
According to Mrs Beeton, the nineteenth-century writer on household management, ‘The berry itself is exceedingly wholesome, and invaluable to people of a nervous or bilious temperament.’
Raspberry juice can be diluted with apple juice: I like it with carrot juice sometimes (a rare exception to the fruit and vegetable mixing rule).
Circulatory weakness, convalescence, digestive disorders, nervous tension
All berry fruits are good for us, but strawberries are the best and home-grown ones the very best and generally considered better tasting. They are high in vitamin C, are a good source of folic acid, and have moderate amounts of iron.
Ellagic acid is present, which reduces and neutralise’s the damaging effects of the carcinogen PAH found in cigarette smoke. This is just as important for non-smokers, as breathing secondhand smoke is thought to be as harmful as smoking itself. Strawberry juice is also highly cleansing to the blood, tissues and muscles.
Wash strawberries thoroughly, and remove the green stalks just before juicing. They make a strong, thick juice and may be mixed with apple juice, citrus fruit juices or water.
Acne, anxiety, constipation, fever, fluid retention, gout, indigestion, kidney disorders, menopause, motion sickness, nausea, pain, pneumonia, prostate disorders, pyorrhoea, rheumatism, stress, thyroid disease, weight loss.
As you can see fruits and their juices have the potential to bring about tremendous healing on all levels for our health conditions at whatever stage they may be at . Fruit juicing for health conditions is so easy to do in the comfort of your own home and your body will be able to draw on its own innate healing abilities given the possibility to do so. And, they are delicious too 🙂