Juicing for Liver Health and the Hunzukuts Story

I thought it would be helpful to title Juicing Recipes by the organ or system they support. Since our liver is one of the most taxed organs in our body, I thought I’d feature its supporters first!

In general, avoid the fats that present a high workload for the liver. These are full-cream dairy products, margarines, processed vegetable oils (hydrogenated fats), deep-fried foods, foods that are not fresh and contain rancid fats, preserved meats, animal skins and fatty meats. Avoid refined white sugar and candies, fizzy drinks, cakes and biscuits made with refined sugars.

Apricot Juice

Are you ready for this?..

  1. Apricots are incredibly rich in provitamin A or beta-carotene.
  2. Numerous studies have shown that Vitamin A is one of the very best chemotherapeutic and chemo-preventative nutrients in coping with cancer.
  3. The fruit also has a great quantity of Sulphur.
  4. Until a few decades ago, the Hunzukuts of Hunza Land were virtually unknown in their isolated valley where 6 mountain ranges converge.
  5. Hunza Land grows tens of thousands of apricot trees, yielding several million apricots annually.
  6. The oil from apricot pits is used for cooking, and to give their skin and hair richness.http://www.biblelife.org/Hunza-Terraced-Fields.jpg
  7. The juice is used as a tonic, in place of water in cooking, and often in place of milk.
  8. Very few of the older Hunzukuts have wrinkles!
  9. Vitamin A is critical for good vision, and as a protector of lungs against cigarette smoke, dust and pollen, and repairs injury done to them.

    How about them apricots??  :)

 Method:

  • 12 organic Apricots
  • 10 fl oz purified Water
  • Cinnamon, opt.

Wash and remove pits from Apricots. Juice, and add water.  For a nutritional kick, add 1/4 tsp. organic Hunza Apricots.Cinnamon.

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Dandelion Juice

I talked about Dandelions as a very misunderstood plant in my post entitled : The Overlooked, Misunderstood Dandelion.

The leaves of the dandelion are ready to eat in the early Spring, while most other plant life is still thinking about blooming again. After the Dandelion blossoms, its leaves become tougher and a little more bitter, so not ideal for juicing.

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If you find them growing wild, (make sure they’re in an area that has not been sprayed!) use a small sharp knife to pry it out of the ground and cut leaves off just above the root.  You want to preserve the ‘bulb’ if you can. In markets, choose the lighter leaf bunch.

In a perfect world, 1/4 pound (100 grams) of Dandelion leaves contain 300 mg of calcium, 65 mg of phosphorous, 3 mg of iron,, 395 mg of potassium, 14,000 I.U. of Vitamin A and some B and C Vitamins. I say ‘in a perfect world’, because depending on the condition of the soil they are grown in, there may or may not be the sufficient minerals to pass on to the plant! This is the reality of life today, and why considering a high-quality, bio-available Vitamin and Mineral Supplement is so critical.

Always choose Organic.

  Method:

Rinse leaves in a colander to remove dirt and pests. Tear into juicing size bits and juice.  For better flavor add 1 tsp. lemon juice or 1 carrot with skin.

Some people feel a big boost of energy when the juice hits the liver! For older people this may be a bit powerful, so dilute the juice.

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Beet Juice

Out of the varieties of Beets, only one is therapeutic to the liver: the dark red, round garden variety.Beets

Beet is a wonderful food which contains a high iron content acting as a re-generator and activator on the red blood corpuscles. The beet contains much potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, calcium, sulphur and iodine. The beet also contains many trace minerals which seem to be very valuable in the regeneration of the human body.

Beet powder provides a wide range of nutrients, but its most significant phytochemical is betaine. Betaine helps the liver process fat. This prevents the accumulation of fatty tissues in the liver, especially in heavy drinkers, and it also prevents excessive triglycerides and LDL cholesterol in the blood. According to the American Heart Association, beet juice can help lower blood pressure and due to the high content of iron in beets, it is good for anemia.

Dr. S. Ferenczi began his research in the use of the red beet especially in cancer patients in 1950. He has had 20 years of experience in this field and is respected among the medical profession in Europe. In the fall of 1969 he reviewed his work for the International Congress for Nutrition and Diseases of Civilization in Hanover, Germany.

The Nobel prize winner Prof. Szent-Gyorgi of Budapest, also worked with Dr. Ferenczi to prove certain facts about the value of the beet in human nutrition.

Almost every doctor stresses the respiration of the cell as one of the key factors in overcoming cancer. Dr. Schmidt writing for the “Erfahrungsheilkunds” June 1969 states that through the use of the proper amounts of concentrated beet that the respiration of the cancer cell will be activated from 350 to 400% better. Other writers have claimed that through the use of concentrated beet preparations they have been able to activate the cancer cell respiration in patients as much as 1000% better. Read more here.

 Method:

NOTE: Since beet juice alone may be a little too potent on the body, always mix with at least one other low-sugar fruit or vegetable or dilute with water.

  • 1 organic Red Beet
  • 1/2 bunch organic Parsley
  • 3 leaved organic Romaine (cos) Lettuce
  • 3 small organic Carrots
  • and 1 clove Garlic

Juice 1 beet in either a centrifugal or masticating juicer.

Drink on glass daily for cancer, and two glasses weekly as a preventative measure.

There is also great benefit to taking organic Powdered Beet concentrate in water or in low-fat yogurt. Make sure product is not from China, where farming practices are questionable.

Here are a couple of Organic U.S. sources:

http://www.oregonswildharvest.com

or:  http://www.floridaherbhouse.com
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Tomato Juice

(Liver Specialist and Cancer Protective)
Tomatoes are abundant in lycopene, another of the carotenoid family.

A five-year Japanese study shows daily use of a supplement that contained a combination of natural tomato extract, beta-carotene, and vitamin E might be an effective way to reduce the risk of liver cancer in those at risk. Researchers found that patients who received the supplement had a 50% suppression of liver cancer.

Another study from Tufts University researchers found that taking a lycopene supplement may help protect against lung cancer by interfering with the body’s processing of IGF. Their study found lycopene rapidly metabolized in the ferrets studied and may counter the effects of exposure to cigarette smoke.

Juicing organic tomatoes, or drinking low-sodium V-8 Juice are wonderful additions to your weekly juicing.

~ Be Well!

Herbal Index: Common Herbs and Their Uses “D, E, F”

Hoda:

Hear, Hear for Herbs!

Originally posted on Conservatory of Magic:

Dandelion

Medicinal Uses: Dandelion, commonly thought of as a weed, is a very useful medicinal herb and can be found growing wild or purchased in the store. Dandelion as a culinary treat is very beneficial. It is full of vitamins A and C, beta carotine, potassium, with enough iron and copper to keep you healthy. You can eat the leaves, stalk, and flowers as a salad. Dandelion tea is a safe, gentle tonic for digestive issues, constipation, indigestion and fatigue. It can also help strengthen the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, stomach and intestines and reduces inflammation from hepatitis or cirrhosis. Dandelions also promote kidney function, thereby improving overall health and clearing up skin problems. The sap from stems applied directly to acne, warts, and calluses is an effective treatment. Roasted, ground, dandelion root is a good coffee substitute as it eliminates fatigue yet contains no caffeine.

Outward Magical Properties: Persistence…

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The Overlooked, Misunderstood Dandelion

Once upon a time there was a tall, slender green plant called a Dandelion.  Its name came from Dent-de-lion‘ which means lion’s tooth in French.  This is due to its jagged edged leaves.

dandelionUnfortunately, when you say ‘Dandelion’ many people think of the tiny yellow flowers and the stemmed puffs of white wispy hairs that crop up in their lawns, disturbing the otherwise monotonous green blanket of grass.  It is treated like an unwelcome visitor, annoying and over-staying its welcome.

Aaah, if they only knew who this disguised visitor really was, not only would they welcome it, they would shove the grass over to make permanent space for it!

As said; “The war on lawn weeds in general — not just dandelions — is based on the notion that “the lawn is meant to showcase the diligence of the person who owns it. According to this view, lawns should be uniformly composed of grass, with no “intruders” permitted.

But others would argue that dandelions bear rather attractive flowers, whose yellow hue complements a green lawn nicely. “While the flower isn’t bad,” perhaps you object, “the seed head that succeeds it is unsightly.” Even so, there are easy ways to minimize the impact of dandelions on the lawn, as long as you’re willing to show some tolerance toward their presence. One way is to pluck the flowers as they appear. Another is to eat your weed problems away! “

Unveiling the Dandelion

The Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, which means the “Official Remedy for Disorders”, is so well-respected, in fact, that it appears in the U.S. National Formulatory, and in the Pharmacopeias of Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, and the Soviet Union. It is one of the top 6 herbs in the Chinese herbal medicine chest.

According to the USDA Bulletin #8, “Composition of Foods” (Haytowitz and Matthews 1984), dandelions rank in the top 4 green vegetables in overall nutritional value. According to data, dandelions are nature’s richest green vegetable source of beta-carotene, from which Vitamin A is created, and the third richest source of Vitamin A of all foods, after cod-liver oil and beef liver! They also are particularly rich in fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and the B vitamins, thiamine and riboflavin, and are a good source of protein.

This perennial has been known since ancient times for its curative properties and has been used for the treatment of various ailments such as infections, bile and liver problems, some cancers, dyspepsia, heartburn, spleen and liver complaints, hepatitis and anorexia. However, its use has mainly been based on empirical findings. There is evidence to suggest it may have anti-inflammatory effects and assist with urinary tract infections in women. 

Note: Due to its high potassium level, dandelion may increase the risk of hyperkalemia when taken with potassium-sparing diuretics.

The Plea

Now will you let it hang out in your yard?  Ok then, here’s yet another reason…It’s DELICIOUS!!

Sautéed with garlic, cilantro and lemon it beats Spinach in flavor…and  used in salads it adds a nice slightly bitter ‘edge’, much like escarole.

The following is my favorite Dandelion Greens Salad…it’s quick and simple to prepare.’

Hoda’s Simple Dandelion Salad

  • 4 cups chopped organic Dandelion leaves
  • 1/2 Red Onion, chopped fine
  • 2 Tbs. Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tbs. virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin (opt)

Combine all in a deep bowl, toss well and serve.

~ Compliments whole grain, lentil and bean dishes. Also good with roasted chicken.