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vegetable perks

In the world of juicing there are certain vegetables that are the foundation of most juice recipes and when combined with each other the juice packs an even greater nutritional punch. Some people juice certain fruits and vegetables together for specific health benefits. Understanding these benefits and how to combine your fruits and vegetables for exact health purposes requires thorough and detailed research. To get you started on the benefits of the core ingredients found in most juices we've compiled a list of the fruits and vegetables we use most in our daily juicing regime and their wellbeing advantages.

Apples have a high mineral content, making them beneficial for the healthy skin, hair and fingernails.

Beets are rich in vitimins A, C, and K. Beets detoxify the blood and renew it with minerals and natural sugars.

Broccoli is a powerful anti-oxidant which has been proven to protect against cancer and is loaded with Vitamin C.

Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable that contains phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals, and fiber that are important to your health.

Carrots are a powerhouse of beta-corotene, vitamin A and phytochemicals which aid in many health benefits such as skin health, boosting immunity, and studies have shown that carrots reduce the risk of lung, breast, and colon cancer.

Celery is chock-full of vitimins and minerals. Celery leaves are high in vitamin A, and the stems are rich in vitamins B1, B2, B6, and C with a high content of potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and plenty essential amino acids.

spicy, green & tomatoes

Ginger root fresh ginger is aromatic, and spicy, adding a unique flavor and zest to juices. Ginger has a long tradition of being effective in alleviating gastrointestinal distress.

Jalapeno Peppers defines the phrase, "big benefits in small packages" Jalapenos pack a lot of punch in flavor and vitamins A and C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps prevent damage from free radicals, that can cause cell damage in your body. And vitamin A supports skin and eye health. A little bit goes a long way with Jalapenos, however if you can stand the heat, the layers of flavor is supplies is beyond comparable.

Kale is bursting with vitamin K, beta-carotene, and vitamin C as well as a good source of iron, folate, thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese. Kale is a vegetable wonder vitamin in vegetable form that is ideal for detoxifying your body.

Spinach is high in vitamin A, C, and E. Spinach is a good source of calcium, iron, potassium and folic acid and is high in protein.

Swiss Chard another power green, rich in vitamins E, K, and B6 and an excellent source of iron.

Tomatoes run the spectrum of vitamin sources with impressive amounts of A, C, and K, as well as substantial amounts of vitamin B6, folate, and thiamin. Tomatoes are also a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper.

Wheatgrass is a concentrated source of nutrients; vitamins A, B, C, and E, along with iron, calcium, magnesium, and amino acids.