This is a precious cocktail of antioxidants, high in vitamins A and C particularly useful to supplement, naturally when possible, during the winter months.
However, sometimes a healthy juice is not enough. When it comes to kids, well to my daughter, it has to look good too!
Colourful food can be very appealing.
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So here’s the deal, I give her that element of fun + colour + amazing taste and I get a healthy + happy girl= happy mum! Yey 🙂
Dedicated to all the fussy little eaters out there.
With Love ♥
1 apple, quartered
1 pear, cut into chunks
1 small red beet, quartered
4 medium carrots
2 teaspoons elderberry syrup (find recipe and the amazing nutritional benefits here)
Add the ingredients, except the elderberry syrup, gradually, to the extractor, 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 elderberry syrup, mix well and consume the fresh juice immediately.
NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS AND LINKS TO STUDIES
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 scientific 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 scientific 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 scientific 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.
A valuable help to prevent osteoporosis
Pears have a high content of fibre, vitamin C, antioxidants and essential substances for the health of our bones such as vitamin K and boron.
In fact, vitamin K greatly reduces the risk of bone problems as it “activates” with other essential substances such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in the prevention of skeletal fractures.
Boron is important because it helps maintain strong bones, improves bone mineral density and improves muscle mass.
Help with diabetes
In a study conducted on over 9,600 adults aged 25-74 for a period of about 20 years, researchers at the Centres for Disease Prevention and Control have found that consumption of at least five types of fruit and vegetables of various types , every day, greatly reduces the risk of developing diabetes.
Pears, in particular, contain a low glycemic index due to the high amount of fibre that allows a slower release of sugar in the blood.
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 [Link to scientific study].
Betacarotene has also been associated with a protective and anti-tumour effect for the ovaries.[Link to scientific study]
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,[Link to scientific study] 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.
This fruit is a true medicine that has been used for thousands of years because of its powerful healing properties Today’s medicine is also starting to rediscover the benefits of this plant:
“Elderberry extract seems to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza.”[Link to scientific study]
Other studies confirm that elderberries contain a flavonoid called anthocyanin, which has immune supporting properties. [Link to scientific study]
And in this study[Link to scientific study], researchers found that patients with flu symptoms who received elderberry syrup recovered about four days sooner than those who received a placebo.