Fruit and vegetable juices: the health benefits

    Fruit and vegetable juices: the health benefits

    by Angela Altomare

    Overseas it is very popular among celebrities juicing, the consumption of natural fruit juices and extracts and, above all, vegetables. They go crazy for new ones health drink the models Nicky Hilton, Alessandra Ambrosio and Sara Sampaio, the actresses Ellen Pompeo e Reese Witherspoon. A New York, Los Angeles, but also a London, Paris, Milan, Rome (and in other cities of the world) clubs and bars specialized in the sale of these were born beverages. The reasons for its success? They can be summarized with a few adjectives. 

    They are energizing and purifying - «Depending on the ingredients used, they provide B vitamins, which energize you and fight anemia, and the C vitamin, important for the synthesis of collagen, a protein that gives elasticity to skin. They are then a reserve of antioxidants such as carotenoids, polyphenols, anthocyanins, which neutralize the free radicals and protect cells from aging, explains Mariarosa Di Lella, nutritionist biologist. «Finally, they contain mineral salts such as magnesium, calcium and potassium, substances useful for the proper functioning of the nervous system, the regulation of blood pressure and the purifying work of the kidneys ».

    They help you lose weight - «Fruit and vegetable extracts they bring few calories»Says the expert. “As an occasional meal replacement, they are ok if you combine them with a handful of shelled fruit (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts, pistachios ... unsalted) rich in fiber and good fats, allies of line: the former avoid insulin peaks (which takes away the excess sugars present in the blood, and transforms them into "fat") and the latter improve sensitivity to leptin, the hormone of satiety, giving you a hand to keep hunger pangs at bay ». If you then add that they are good and refreshing, why not try them !?

    Extracts to try ... immediately -
     Choose a juice consisting of 80% vegetables and only 20% fruit: you will avoid the risk of forfeiting too many sugars, naturally present in peaches & Co. », explains the expert. Here are a couple of recipes, easy easy. You only need one extractor

    1. Put in the appropriate appliance, cut into small pieces, 1 artichoke raw, 1 sprig of parsley, a handful of leaves of dandelion, 2 centimeters of ginger root and half a lemon (with the peel only if it is organic). Stimulates the liver and kidneys a eliminate waste accumulate. 

    2. Gather in the extractor 2 carrots wash carefully and remove the ends e 2-3 apricots. Add a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil to the juice and mix. Provides beta-carotene, which improves the skin's "response" to sunrays.

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