Back to school Juice
Just to make sure that nobody missed it, I decided to bring the back to school juice out again 🙂
It’s funny cause we actually home educate ♥
I called it back to school to recall the start of the bug season, hence the need for an immune booster like this super juice!
This yummy drink combines immunity protection, colour effect and taste making it is especially good for kids.
Oranges, carrots, ginger, turmeric and raw Manuka honey will act like natural immunity builders and help ward off the symptoms of the common cold or flu.
How to prepare the back to school juice
2 oranges, peeled and quartered
4 medium carrots
1 or 2 apples, quartered
1 inch fresh, peeled ginger root
½ inch fresh turmeric peeled
1 teaspoon **raw Manuka honey
**(because it contains honey it should not be used in children under the age of one)
Add all the ingredients, except the Manuka honey, in the extractor one at the time leaving the carrots last. In this way the carrots will help to push out the fibres accumulated in the extractor, thus facilitating the cleaning. When the juice is ready add the Manuka honey and drink immediately.
Benefits of the ingredients used in this recipe
Carrots provide high vitamin A content and a number of other beneficial health benefits, particularly for the skin, the prevention of certain cancers and even acts as a natural anti-aging.
Benefits to the eyes
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene that converts into vitamin A in our liver.
Vitamin A, also known as “retinol”, acts on the retina and its deficiency can cause visual disturbances and reduced night vision. [Link to scientific study]
Studies on beta-carotene have been performed on the protection against macular degeneration and senile cataracts.
Some studies have shown that carrots reduce the risk of lung, breast and colon cancer.
Falcarinol is a natural pesticide produced by the carrot that serves to protect its roots from fungal diseases. One study observed a reduced risk of cancer in rats that consume carrots, thanks to this element.
Betacarotene has also been associated with a protective and anti-tumour effect for the ovaries.
Apples are rich in fibre called pectin. Pectin is classified as soluble, fermentable and viscous fibre, rich in health benefits.
Benefits of neurological health
A study published in the Journal of Food Science in 2008 found that eating this fruit can have neurological benefits [Link to study]
Apples also help with detoxification thanks to the high content of quercetin, an antioxidant that acts as a natural anti-histamine and can help stimulate and strengthen the immune system, especially during periods of stress.
Ginger is one of the oldest and most widely used medicinal spices in the world.
This root is known not only for its digestive and anti-inflammatory properties, but it is also used to prevent colds, flu and nausea (if the fresh root flavour is too strong, you can try to use the powder instead of the fresh root).
This root also has strong antibacterial properties[Link to study] against metabolic acidosis.
Studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in fighting Escherichia coli, Staphylococcal and Candida albicans infections.
Anti-tumor properties, beneficial effects on vascular disorders, diabetes mellitus and gastrointestinal health
In addition, as noted in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine study titled “Anti-inflammatory Ginger Antioxidant Effects in Health and Physical Activity: An Up-to-Date Review of Evidence”, it is cited:
“Ginger anticancer potential is well-documented[Link to study] and its functional components such as gingerols and shogaols are the precious ingredients that can prevent different types of cancer, angiogenesis and metastasis, induction of apoptosis and inhibition of progression of the cell cycle. It also improves cardiovascular disorders, diabetes mellitus and gastrointestinal health. ”
Turmeric, also known as Curcuma longa, is an ancient spice that has been used in Asia and especially in India for 2000 years. It is a very popular spice rich in beneficial properties.
Turmeric, or curcumin, its main medicinal compound, is a great source of iron and manganese. It is also a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber, copper and potassium.
Anti inflammatory properties
The most powerful aspect of curcumin is its anti-inflammatory effect. Inflammation, as we know, is the basis of many conditions today, such as ulcerative colitis, arthritis, high cholesterol levels and chronic pain. The Oncogene newspaper published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that aspirin and ibuprofen compared to curcumin are less effective, while turmeric is one of the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds known.
Benefits of digestion
In another study on mice, curcuma was also used for its soothing properties on digestion and protective effects on the stomach mucosa were observed [Link to study].
Curcumin has also been associated with the inhibition of endometrial cell growth by modulating oestrogen secretion [Link to study].
[Credit Photo: Sonja Langford on Unsplash]
Manuka honey is one of the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the world.
Raw, unfiltered honey contains many important nutrients such as amino acids, B vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc.
Staph Infections (MRSA)
UK researchers from Cardiff Metropolitan University have discovered that Manuka honey is effective against the MRSA bacteria.
Anti inflammatory, protects colon and repair free radical damage.
This study [Link] shows that Manuka honey act as anti inflammatory in the colon, “in the inflammatory model of colitis, oral administration of Manuka honey 5 g/kg and Manuka honey 10 g/kg body weight significantly reduced the colonic inflammation”.
Research shows how Manuka stops the growth of sore throat-causing Strep bacteria[Link to study].
[Credit Photo above by Jonathan Pielmayer on Unsplash]