might even help with some medical conditions. These nutrient-rich foods, considered to be calorie sparse and nutrient dense, really pack a lot of punch and fight off free radicals for a living. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause damage to your body at the cellular level. The cellular damage caused by free radicals has been associated with the pathogenesis of several diseases and disorders, including macular degeneration of the eye, cardiovascular diseases, thrombosis, asthma, an impaired immune system, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. There’s a reason why these free radical fighting foods are called “super.”
Feed Your Temple with Superior Sources of Antioxidants and Essential Nutrients
Mother Nature has given us nutritious gifts, full of antioxidants, that fight toxins and disease; it’s up to us to unlock their powers and make healthy eating (and juicing) a lasting part of our everyday. We challenge you to go against the norm and honor your body, your temple, with living food from the earth. Below, we’ve featured just nine superfoods, but you’ll find many more superstars to fill your reusable bag at your local farmers market such as: plums, Brussels sprouts, walnuts, bok choy, avocados, salmon, spinach, pumpkin, broccoli, cauliflower, berries, and tomatoes.
Superfoods You Should Be Eating Right Now
1.In the Raw with Almonds
Almonds are admired for their Vitamin E content and are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats – and we prefer them in the raw. Consuming organic almonds daily can help curb your appetite leading to regulated blood sugar levels. Their benefits also include protecting artery walls from damage, improving eyesight, lowering “bad” cholesterol and building strong bones and teeth. Go nuts and try our new Smooth Almond Nut milk which is loaded with nutrients from almonds, dates, pure vanilla, Himalayan sea salt for the perfect balance of nutty goodness.
2.Energize with Bee Pollen
Local raw honey and bee pollen is one of nature’s most complete nutritional foods. High in vitamin B for lasting energy, honey is abuzz with antioxidants that supports all of our body’s systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, immune, etc). Raw honey is considered anti-bacterial, anti-viral and used as a natural antibiotic and bee pollen contains almost 60 trace minerals, and is a rich source of vitamins, enzymes, and amino acids. Consider using local honey or bee pollen to alleviate seasonal allergies.
3.Power Up with Cayenne
A culinary favorite (in homes and restaurants), cayenne adds mega spice to meals and bumps up our metabolic heat. This fiery red spice has a high concentration of capsaicin, known for pain-relief and decongestion properties. Cayenne pepper also increases heat production, called thermogenesis, and oxygen consumption for up to 20 minutes after being consumed making it one powerful metabolic miracle. Combine cayenne (also packed with potassium, calcium, vitamin B and immunity-boosting vitamins A & C) with lemon, agave and apple to make our signature Spicy Lemonade fresh pressed juice!
4.Fight Free Radicals with Goji Berries
Strengthen your immune system (fighting off those free radicals), enhance your memory and calm nerves with goji berries. Goji berries contain at least 18 amino acids (including the 8 essentials), 21 trace minerals and vitamins B, E, and C. They actually have 500 times more vitamin C per ounce than oranges! Age gracefully and protect against disease with this antioxidant-packed red berry.
5.Cleanse with Apples
Rich in antioxidants, apples are full of fiber and a good source of vitamin C. This low glycemic fruit can help to cleanse the liver and colon and has been associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, diabetes and asthma. The pectin in apples binds to and excretes heavy metals from the intestines which directly helps the filtration load on the liver. Wondering which variety of apple to choose? With 7,500 different types of apples, no wonder you might be confused. Those that actually pack the most punch are actually the tarter, green variety like Granny Smiths; Fuji and Red Delicious also rank high for their antioxidant content.
At LizzyJays, we use only the freshest ingredients in all of our juices and press green Granny Smiths in our Crisp Greens, Veggie Mix, Carrot Twist, Watermelon cooler and Spicy Lemonade Juices.
6.Find Your Hormonal Balance with Maca
The Maca root has unique healing powers for the body’s adrenal hormones. Related to the radish, Maca powder boosts mood, revs up energy, enhances immune system function, supports fertility and promotes sexual function in a non-hormonal way. It’s said that Maca has been cultivated for at least 2000 years and was consumed by Inca warriors to increase strength and endurance.
7.Stabilize with “Super Spice” Cinnamon
One of the oldest known spices, cinnamon has been used in traditional medicine is known to lower LDL cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar levels (beneficial for people with type II diabetes). Because of its anti-bacterial quality, this spice also acts as a natural food preservative and helps to reduce inflammation in the cells. Studies have shown the power of cinnamon to also boost metabolism. We like to add this super spice in our Nut Milks.
8.Train Harder with Ginger
This flowery plant’s root contains powerful anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols, which have been shown to reduce free radicals. Ginger is composed of several volatile oils that give it its characteristic flavor and odor; they’re certainly pretty powerful anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic agents. Ginger can also help with delayed-onset muscle soreness because it acts as a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory and is also a safe and effective reliever of nausea. Get your dose of ginger in LizzyJays Veggie Mix, Carrot Twist and Crisp Green juices.
9.The Antioxidant Superstar: Kale
One serving of this green giant gives you more than the daily quota of vitamin C, immune-boosting vitamin A (more than carrots) and vitamin K. It is one of the vegetables with the highest ORAC rating (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) which measures a foods’ ability to scavenge free radicals. Along with spinach (another superfood) kale is found in LizzyJays Crisp Greens, Pure Greens and Veggie Mix, and also contains powerful antioxidants that have been shown to help improve eyesight.
Real Energy from Real, Live Food
Here at LizzyJays Juice, our goal is to educate, motivate and inspire. Juicing is fun and empowering and we’re here to make it easy for you. The juice and cleanses designed by LizzyJays Juice are packed with superfoods and contain only the best natural ingredients for living a healthy lifestyle while purifying the body of harmful toxins. So, go ahead and grab a green-a-day to fight disease and feel more energetic…your body will thank you!
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