Vegetables and fruit are an excellent source of a wide range of nutrients including fibre and slow-releasing carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals plus hundreds of different phytonutrients such as lycopene.
The Bristol Cancer Help Centre's team of nutritional experts recommend people with cancer consume at least 7-8 portions of vegetables and fruit per day. While whole vegetables and fruit are very important, fresh juices are a convenient way of boosting intake. The nutrients in juices are very easily absorbed by the body and therefore juices are extremely useful when digestion and absorption are impaired, a common problem in those with cancer.
Juices are a key aspect of most nutritional anti-cancer programmes as they are believed to stimulate detoxification and healing.
Even one glass per day is very beneficial and a good place to start. Aim to consume 3-4 glasses containing approximately 8oz juice per day if possible
Organic or non-organic?
Use organic produce if available and affordable. If you can't get organic make sure you thoroughly wash (soaking in water with a tablespoon of vinegar added) or peel the vegetables and fruit.
top five juicing tips
- Juices should be vegetable-based with a little fruit to sweeten. Pure fruit juices provide the body with too much readily-available sugar.
- If you have never juiced before a simple juice to start with is carrot with a little apple to sweeten. Some fresh ginger works very well in this juice.
- Juices should be drunk on an empty stomach. They are best taken just before a meal to avoid disturbances to blood sugar.
- Juices should be drunk as soon after preparation as possible.
- Herbs and spices make great additions to juices. For example fresh parsley mixes well with most vegetables and fruits and is a rich source of iron. A little cayenne pepper adds a spicy touch to any juice and it acts as a natural anti-inflammatory agent and enhances detoxification.
There is a wide range of juicers available, some can be purchased on the high street and some are only available from mail order companies. Centrifugal juicers (contain a metal sieve that spins) can be bought on the hight street and are relatively inexpensive. They are great for those who have never juiced before or those with a budget to stick to. Masticating juicers (contain a ceramic screw that turns) are more expensive than centrifugal juicers, however they are much more durable and easier to clean. They are only available from mail order companies and specialist shops. Practitioners often recommend the masticating juicers as they feel that the juice is slightly better quality due to the fact that little heat is generated during the juice extraction process.
three top tips for choosing a juicer are:
Affordability - find a juicer that fits your budget. Bear in mind that the masticating juicers are much more durable and likely to last longer than the centrifugal juicers.
Suitability - the centrifugal juicers are not so good for juicing leafy vegetables and don't work for wheatgrass. If you want to juice these things a masticating juicer would be more suitable.
Simplicity - make sure the juicer you buy is easy to dismantle and clean as you may be doing this several times a day.
Bristol Cancer Help Centre does not currently sell juicers. If you are interested in purchasing a juicer, The Wholistic Research Company stock a range of juicers at different price points. They have kindly agreed to donate 10% of the retail price of any juicer bought via the Bristol Cancer Help Centre as a contribution to our vital work.