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,
  • margarine,
  • processed vegetable oils (hydrogenated fats),
  • deep-fried foods,
  • foods that are not fresh and contain rancid fats,
  • preserved meats,
  • animal skins and
  • fatty meats.
  •  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. Hunza Land grows tens of thousands of apricot trees, yielding several million apricots annually.
  5. 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
  6. The juice is used as a tonic, in place of water in cooking, and often in place of milk.
  7. Very few of the older Hunzukuts have wrinkles!
  8. 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 Cinnamon.

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Dandelion Juice

This is a very misunderstood plant.

Read 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.

dandelions

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  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 bunch with lighter leaves.

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 as well as many trace minerals.

Beet powder provides a wide range of nutrients, but its most significant phytochemical is betaine which helps the liver process fat.

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. 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.  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 leaves organic Romaine 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!