They say homemade is always the better way—it’s definitely holds true when it comes to anti-aging juice recipes. There are stark differences between store-bought juices, even the seemingly healthy ones, and homemade ones.
For starters, processed juices are usually filled with added sugar, yet lack the minerals and vitamins from the actual fruit. In fact, a lot of juices have almost the same amount of sugar as soda (average of 45.5 grams in liter of juice versus 50 grams on average per liter of soda.) What’s worse is that because people assume fruit juices are healthy, they underestimate how much sugar is actually in them, and wind up consuming more. One study tested this theory of poor public awareness and found that adults underestimated the sugar content by as much as 48%.
The biggest advantage of homemade anti-aging juice recipes is that you know exactly what’s in them. Also, by juicing fresh fruits and vegetables, you’re not sacrificing as much of the nutritional value in them—they get retained when you juice them. It’s actually a quick and easy way to absorb the naturally-occurring phytonutrients found in the whole fruits and veggies. Simply put, anti-aging juice recipes are a valuable addition to a well-rounded diet, because they help meet nutritional needs for older adults.
The other advantage of anti-aging juice recipes is that if you’ve got a good juicer, you can use any of your favorite fruits and vegetables—just experiment with a few different combinations to see what flavor you like best. Keep in mind that these juices are intended to supplement healthy meals in your anti-aging diet, not replace them. If you need a little help getting started, here are three basic anti-aging juice recipes to inspire you.
Tropical Metabolism Booster
• Pineapple chunks (from one pineapple)
• Two apples
• Six carrots
• Ground cinnamon and nutmeg (to taste)
Why It Works:
Pineapple is a great ingredient in anti-aging juice recipes, because in addition to being high in manganese and copper, the fruit is also an excellent source of vitamin C—105% of your daily recommended intake in just one cup. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C protect the body against free radical damage caused by UV exposure and can reduce the risk of heart disease and joint pain. Furthermore, vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen, known as the building block of skin; this is one of the reasons why the nutrient has been linked to the improved appearance of skin aging.
Carrots are another popular ingredient for anti-aging juice recipes; they add a lot of value to the nutritional needs of older adults. They’re very high in vitamin A—113% of your daily recommended value in one cup of raw carrot slices. The vegetable also contains considerable amounts of antioxidants, which is why it’s no wonder that carrots have been touted in studies for their cardiovascular benefits. Plus, the apples in this recipe contain polyphenols that function like antioxidants and have been shown to benefit cardiovascular health and blood sugar regulation. And cinnamon improves the way your body metabolizes sugar, making it useful for managing weight and blood sugar levels.
Very Berry Smoothie
• One cup of blueberries
• Half cup of strawberries
• One kale leaf (minus the stem)
• Half a medium-sized beet
• One cup of unsweetened almond milk or water
Why It Works:
Blueberries are one of the best ingredients for anti-aging juice recipes. They have a bold, refreshing flavor and do wonders for the nutritional needs for older adults. Blueberries are hailed as an ultimate superfood, thanks to the many whole-body health benefits they provide, including for your heart, cognitive function, and blood sugar levels. For instance, one study showed that it can support healthy blood pressure for different aged individuals, and another study showed that blueberries can improve memory.
Strawberries are another excellent source of vitamin C and are best known for their positive effects on heart health. The kale in this anti-aging juice recipe adds a boost of vitamins K, A, C, and manganese, while the beet adds folate, manganese, and potassium.
• One cup of ripe watermelon chunks
• Half cup of strawberries
• Quarter-cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
• Quarter-teaspoon of fresh ginger (minced)
• Quarter- to half-cup of ice
(For this recipe, blend the ingredients instead of juicing them.)
Why It Works:
In addition to being a delicious summertime snack, watermelon is perfect to use in anti-aging juice recipes because it contains a lot of water, so drinking it tastes just as good as eating it. Watermelons also contain a lot of lycopene, a phytonutrient that is essential for cardiovascular function and bone health. (The riper a watermelon is, the more lycopene is has.)
The lime in this recipe helps to stimulate digestion and adds several detoxifying properties to the drink. The other important ingredient, which you probably wouldn’t expect to see in anti-aging juice recipes, is ginger. It’s been praised for its ability to relieve gastrointestinal discomfort (hence using it in a detox drink) and also has anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.
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