Feeling squeezy? Here's 7 health-boosting fresh juice recipes

By target juicing you can supercharge your body with specific nutrients that may help ease various health conditions

Racha Adib
Racha Adib - Special to Al Arabiya English
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If you ever find it difficult to eat enough fruits and vegetables, consider supplementing your diet with juice. Juicing allows you to consume larger amounts of nutrients from fruits and vegetables in an efficient manner and can act like a natural multivitamin/mineral and phytonutrient supplement to your diet.

Juicing helps you meet the 5-a-day recommendation. The 5-a-day campaign is based on advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) and recommends eating a minimum of five portions of fruit and vegetables a day to lower your risk of serious health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and obesity.

But juicing isn’t healthier than eating whole fruits and vegetables. Because juicing extracts only the juice from fruits and vegetables, you lose the healthy fiber. To retain the fiber, you can simply add the pulp back. Alternatively, you can use a blender instead of a juicing machine because it does not separate the juice from the fiber. If it becomes too thick, just add water.

Below is a list of juicer recipes for the health conditions you are targeting. By target juicing you can supercharge your body with specific nutrients that may help ease various health conditions. Use juicing as a support to your diet and avoid getting caught up in the health cleanse fad. It would be difficult to meet all your needs on juice alone.

Relieve constipation

• Prunes, pitted and pre-soaked until plump – 4 medium
• Pear – 1 medium
• Spinach – 2 handfuls

This spinach prune smoothie is loaded with fiber. Not only do prunes have high amounts of fiber, they also work as natural laxatives due to their sorbitol content. What’s even more effective than prunes is prune juice because it has more concentrated amounts of fiber and sorbitol.

Boost immunity

• Apples - 2 medium
• Carrots - 6 medium
• Pineapple - 2 cup, chunks
• Sweet Potato - 1 sweet potato

Like most orange vegetables, sweet potatoes and carrots contain the precursor beta carotene, which your body turns into immunity-boosting vitamin A.

Ease blood pressure

• Bell Pepper (green) - 1/2 medium
• Carrots - 2 large
• Celery - 3 stalk
• Cucumber - 1/2 cucumber
• Spinach - 1 cup
• Tomatoes - 3 medium whole
• Garlic – 2 cloves
• Cayenne pepper (optional)

This juice mix is high in potassium. Potassium is the key mineral that helps keep blood pressure at bay by lessoning the effects of sodium. It also contains garlic, which according to some research shows that it can reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension by as much as 7% or 8%.

Reduce bloating

• Apples - 2 medium
• Fennel Bulb - 1 bulb
• Ginger Root - 1/2 thumb
• Lemon - 1/2 fruit
• Orange (peeled) - 1 fruit
• Peppermint - 10 leaves

If you’re feeling bloated or nauseous, this drink can help soothe your symptoms because it contains the perfect digestion healing combo of fennel, ginger and peppermint.

Treat anemia

• Apples - 1 medium
• Lemon (peeled) – 1 medium
• Kale - 2 leaf
• Parsley - 1 handful
• Spinach - 1 cup

Green leafy vegetables such as kale, parsley, and spinach are a good source of iron. When combined with Vitamin C rich lemons, you enhance your body’s absorption of iron.

Cure a headache

• Apples - 2 medium
• Avocado - 1 avocado
• Celery - 3 stalk, large
• Grapes - 15 grapes
• Lime - 1 fruit
• Spinach - 2 cup

Leafy greens and avocados are a great source of Magnesium. Research shows that people with migraines often have low levels of magnesium and incorporating magnesium in your diet may be an effective treatment.

Get healthy skin

• Kale – 1 cup
• Swiss chard – 2 leaves
• Parsley – ½ cup
• Beet – ½ small
• Pineapple – ½ cup
• Green apples – 2 medium
• Fresh mint – 1 sprig
• Lemon, peeled – ½ lemon

Antioxidants such as Vitamin A, C, and E can curb the damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. These molecules can harm skin cells and cause signs of aging.

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