Orange, Turmeric and Ginger Juice
8 organic fresh oranges
Six 2-inch-long pieces of organic fresh turmeric
Two 3-inch-long piece of organic fresh ginger
4 cups of filtered water or 4 cups of cold coconut water
2 pinches of black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (this helps to absorb the turmeric)
1. Slice away the ends from the orange. Working from top to bottom, slice away the rind and the bitter white pith.
2. Put the oranges, turmeric, and ginger through a juicer, discarding the solids.
3. To the juice, add the filtered water or coconut water, add the cayenne and pinch of black pepper and stir well to combine. Store in the fridge for up to three days or serve immediately. You can also add all ingredients to a blender or Nutri Bullet and strain into glasses.
Benefits of Ginger
• stomach soother
• immune booster
• fights infection
Benefits of Turmeric
• free radical-fighting
• lowers cholesterol
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anticancer agent. It aids in digestion, especially that of fats, through increased bile production in the liver. It is also known to have anti-viral properties, increased energy levels, reduced high blood pressure, and promotes healthy cholesterol levels. In fact, a review of over 700 studies, showed that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so without adverse side effects.
Fresh vs dried turmeric?
Fresh is always best. But, fresh is not always available. If needed, this juice can be made with powdered turmeric, ideally organic. I recommend 1 teaspoon per 8 ounces of juice to start. The powder will tend to settle at the bottom of the juice, so plan to stir it while consuming the juice. The color is not quite as vibrate and while energizing, the effect is not quite the same as using the fresh root. But, it is still an amazingly healthful juice.
Health benefits of orange juice can be attribute to its nutritive content, as well as vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin A, thiamine, folate, potassium, fiber, proteins, copper, magnesium, flavonoids, hesperidin, and a variety of other trace vitamins and minerals that make it one of the most valuable and nutrient-packed fruit available.
Immune System: Oranges are one of the richest sources of vitamin-C that you can add to a diet. A single serving of orange juice has more than 200% of the vitamin C requirement of the body. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, functions as a primary antioxidant in the body, and it destroys or neutralizes free radicals before they can do damage to the body’s systems. Our bodies need vitamin C to stimulate other aspects of our immune system as well. Furthermore, ascorbic acid is one of the fundamental components of collagen, which is necessary to repair cells and for the growth of new tissues in the body.
Cancer Prevention: Vitamin C works as an antioxidant. One of the most important functions of antioxidants is to prevent cancer. Antioxidants keep the DNA of healthy cells from mutating into cancerous cells, so antioxidants like vitamin C are the first line of defense for cancer and other serious diseases. Along with vitamin C, orange juice also contains the antioxidant hesperidin, which has been connected to reducing tumor growth and even stimulating apoptosis, or programmed cell death, in cancerous cells. Although research is ongoing, it has positively been linked to colon cancer prevention, but it is likely that hesperidin is effective in terms of many types of cancer.
Detoxifying Properties: Along with vitamin C, orange juice is also very high in vitamin A, which acts as a moderate antioxidant. Beyond that, it detoxifies the body by increasing the function of the kidneys. Vitamin A has long been connected to eye health, and adding enough vitamin A to your diet can also boost your ability to see at night, as well as macular degeneration. A single cup serving of orange juice has nearly 50% of the daily required intake of that precious vitamin.
Blood Circulation and Creation: There is another very powerful aspect of oranges and orange juice, its folate content. Folate is a member of the B complex, technically it is vitamin B9. This important vitamin is essential in the creation of DNA and the growth of new cells. Folate also keeps cells safe from mutation, which is one of the ways that free radicals damage the body. Furthermore, folate plays a role in building new red blood cells, as well as stimulating the flow of blood to the extremities. This means that the organ systems are well-oxygenated and are working at full capacity. This supports the overall metabolism of the body and the functioning of all the systems, making them more efficient.
Inflammation: Citrus fruits are commonly considered anti-inflammatory agents, and orange juice is no exception. High sugar and high fat meals can lead to inflammation of various body parts, and this, in turn, can lead to the development of increased insulin resistance. This is one of the major underlying causes of type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis. Studies have shown that orange juice can inhibit this insulin resistance by reducing inflammation, thereby protecting the heart and guaranteeing overall cardiovascular protection. Also, being able to reduce the chances of developing diabetes is a major bonus of this property of orange juice.
Blood Pressure: As mentioned earlier, hesperidin is an antioxidant, which means that it protects the body against disease and cancer, but this water-soluble plant compound also impacts the activity and functioning of small blood vessels. This can have a major impact on blood pressure as a whole, and research has connected this powerful antioxidant to a reduction in overall blood pressure and a decreased chance of cardiovascular diseases.
Cholesterol Balance: High cholesterol is one of the most dangerous causes of cardiovascular disease, so any way to reduce the cholesterol in your body is worth trying. Orange juice has been shown to reduce the presence and effects of “bad” cholesterol, why increasing the amount of “good” cholesterol in the body. This is a relatively recent advance in the study of citrus fruits, so while the exact mechanism behind this advantageous property is unknown, a great deal of research is being done to figure it out! This property means that the chances of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes were reduced.