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
There is a note of wisdom in our grandmothers’ words about carrots and their benefits to our 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.
Slows down aging
High levels of beta-carotene in carrots act as an antioxidant and can help slow down cellular aging.
Possible help for the prevention of heart disease
Research shows that high-fruit and vegetable intakes are associated with a lower risk of heart disease, due to their antioxidant content, vitamins, minerals, fibre and carotenoids.
Vitamin A helps the liver to remove the toxins from the body and the fibre helps to keep the colon clean and promotes motility.
Aid for oral health
Some minerals contained in carrots may have an antibacterial effect and can help prevent cavities.
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].
Researchers have found that regular consumption of this food can have a protective effect on neurons against oxidative stress induced neurotoxicity and help reduce the risk of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Cardiovascular benefits and cholesterol effects
Apples are extremely rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fibre.
Phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples can help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. Additionally, apple consumption has been associated with a decrease in the risk of thrombotic stroke[Link to study].
Various studies have linked regular consumption of soluble fibre with a slower accumulation of cholesterol-rich plaque in the arteries. When plaque develops within the arteries, it can reduce blood flow to the heart, causing coronary heart disease. Apples, in particular, seem to have a direct effect on LDL cholesterol reduction.[Link to study]
Apples also help to detoxify us, 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. Protective effects on the stomach mucosa have been noted with strong contrast power to the acid solutions used to induce stomach ulcers. It has thus been observed that curcumin has protected the stomach cells and the damage has been very low[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. Manuka honey, however, contains higher amounts of enzymes. These enzymes create a natural hydrogen peroxide functioning as an antibacterial.
UMF (Unique Manuka Factor)
The Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) measures the antibacterial strength of Manuka, making it a medicinal product.
What UMF strength should I use?
The real medicinal properties of Manuka honey can be appreciated at a minimum 10 UMF strength.
15+ contain higher levels of phenols, making it highly therapeutic. Do not exceed taking 1 tbsp at a time
Manuka honey health benefits
Bacteria related disorders: SIBO, Low Stomach Acid, Acid Reflux
Manuka honey can be very beneficial at reducing reflux and help to heal stomach and intestinal imbalances.(Link to Study)
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 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]