This is Day Three of 12 consecutive posts with Jay demonstrating how to make each juice recipe. We will also include nutrition and research information to compliment Jay’s choice of fruit and/or vegetable drinks. Happy Holidays from all of us at JayKordich.com
Now research says drinking a lower calorie version of cranberry juice could lower blood pressure. The new findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions. Click on the links above for more details on all of the research.
The Answer To Low Calorie Cranberry Juice You Make At Home!
Jay Kordich tells us “Take charge of what goes into your lower calorie cranberry juice by making it yourself with your own juice machine in your own kitchen. With my recipe, if you want less sugar in your juice, simply use less apples. Add some water, maybe some Stevia or raw honey and pour over ice for a great tasting and healthy drink.”
With this recipe you control how tart the juice is by how much of each ingredient you use. Unlike most commercial cranberry juice, no refined sugar and nothing artificial is added.
2 cups Cranberries
LOW CALORIE CRANBERRY-APPLE JUICE
2 cups Cranberries
1/2 cup water
Stevia or raw honey to taste, if needed.
One of the best vegetables to use in your juicing recipes is cucumber. As research becomes available we are learning more about how important it is to consume cucumbers and make them a part of your juices on a regular basis.
Why cucumber? Phytonutrients like cucurbitacins, lignans and flavonoids provide us with valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. They are a valuable source of vitamin C and beta-carotene.
In animal studies cucumber exhibits increased scavenging of free radical activity and high overall antioxidant capacity. Cucumber has been shown to inhibit the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes like cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2), which in turn prevents the overproduction of nitric oxide that could increase the likelihood of inflammation.
Studies Show Cancer Pathway Blocking
Early stage cancer research is showing how cucurbitacins, a group of phytonutrient compounds in cucumber, may block signaling pathways required for cancer cell development. It’s exciting to see these results in the lab and more studies from many pharmaceutical companies are underway.
Juice Cucumbers For Added Benefit
One of the great things about cucumber is their large water content. It contains many trace minerals the body needs. Juicing them is one of the easiest ways to utilize the cucumber for it’s mineral and vitamin content. Vitamins A, C, K, niacin and folate. Minerals like potassium, manganese and magnesium. The water and potassium in cucumbers helps remove excess uric acid through the kidneys, an added benefit to juicing them.
Cucumbers work great in many juice combo recipes. Here is one of Jay’s favorites.
Our Kidneys are quite important….it is our filterating system and if it becomes infected or congested, bladder troubles, urinary tract infections and serious problems can arise. Yet we don’t really speak much about how to take care of our kidneys, so we thought we would write a short blog about what we have studied in these past three decades on how to take good care of our Kidneys. First and foremost let us say that freshly made, organic Cranberry, or Watermelon juices are some of our favourites. Combined with other fruits helps make them even more important such as combining the Cranberries with the Apples. More on this below. ** The ingredients in these juices help keep our kidneys in good functioning order and working at their optimum.
Also, certain foods we eat can greatly impact the health and overall longevity of our kidneys. Foods such as flour, either white or wheat, sugar, crackers, red or white meats can greatly harm our kidneys from functioning optimally. Millions of Americans were eating high protein, flesh food diets to drop weight but they didn’t realize their kidneys were being negatively impacted by the high protein, no fiber foods. That would include macrobiotic diets as well. They don’t recommend drinking much water…and our kidneys NEED a flow of water to keep them buoyant, and functioning at their optimum, yet drinking vegetable juices and/or purified water is important, drinking liquids all at once can harm them as well, so try to stretch your liquid intake throughout the day.