Here's why red juices are great for you
Fruits and vegetables that are naturally red are rich in phytochemicals such as lycopene which keeps us in good shape. They are high in nutrients and a great source of vitamins and antioxidants. Fruits like pomegranate, strawberries, watermelon, cranberries, grapefruit, and vegetables like beetroot, red carrots, and tomatoes are often consumed in the form of juices for their immense benefits.
Here is what our expert says
- Most of the red or orange fruits and vegetables derive their colors from a group of phytochemicals which is known as the carotenoids.
- While most of the carotenoids are derived from vitamin A, lycopene is one of the exceptions.
- Lycopene is found in high quantities in tomatoes. It has strong anticancer, antidiabetic, antiatherosclerotic, antioxidant, antiinflammatory, neuroprotective, bone protective and hepatoprotective properties.
Benefits of beetroot juice
Beetroot helps lower your blood pressure and maintain a healthy weight. Beetroot juice is a great source of minerals like potassium, iron, magnesium, sodium, zinc, copper, and more. Although beets are good no matter how you consume them, juice is the best way to gain their nutritional benefits as cooking beets reduces their nutritional value. You can add apple slices, mint, lemon while juicing.
Mixed red juice
You can make a super red juice with an array of ingredients and enjoy the blast of flavors. Use beetroot, berries like raspberries, strawberries and cranberries, acai, and red ginseng to create a dark red juice. The berries make you look youthful, beetroot boosts your energy, acai is full of antioxidants and ginseng lowers blood sugar in diabetic patients.
Beets contain manganese which is essential to prevent bone density loss which is also the cause of osteoporosis. They also boost stamina, a reason why athletes consume beet juice. Add carrots to them which we all know has the ability to improve immunity and vision. A pinch of turmeric can help combat post-workout inflammation in your body and increases your focus and energy.
Downside of juices
Juices are rich in nutrients like antioxidants, but unlike whole fruits and vegetables, juices are low in fiber. Although high in natural sugar, fruit or vegetable juices are much healthier than other artificially-sweetened beverages, like soda or energy drinks. Do not drink more than one or two cups of juice a day, and also eat whole fruits and vegetables when possible.