Nearly every health condition responds well to appropriate fruit and vegetable juices. A fresh juice is a great way to start the day. Usually fresh fruit juices are good for the morning, while vegetable juices are better in the afternoon.
To fight cancer, I recommend the following juices:
- Beet (the whole beet including the greens)
- 100% cranberry (no diluted juice combinations)
- Black cherry
- Apple juice (fresh squeezed)
If you are trying to boost your immune system and prevent cancer, help reduce your blood pressure, lower your cholesterol and improve your heart, I recommend beet, carrot, celery currant, spinach, grape, cherry and watermelon juices with garlic and ginger added.
Other immune system boosting-juices include:
You can combine any of the above juices with soy or rice milk, plain yogurt, banana, flax seed, blueberries and almonds to create your own immune-boosting smoothie. Adding a tablespoon of lemon juice to any juice or water will help boost your immune system as well.
If you are taking medication and are deficient in potassium, magnesium, or calcium, add these juices:
- Honeydew melon
If you have high blood pressure and are trying to prevent or fight cancer, I recommend three juice cocktails:
- Carrot, parsley and celery juice
- Lime juice and whey powders
- Grape and carrot juice
To help reduce your cholesterol levels, I recommend these two juice cocktails:
- Beet, blackberry, parsley and pineapple juice.
- Carrot, apple and ginger
If you are only focusing on a healthy heart and trying to prevent cancer, I would recommend these juice combos:
- Carrot, pineapple and ginger
- Parsley, alfalfa and pineapple
- Watercress, parsley and grape
Whey can have a lot of sodium; buy the whey with the least amount of sodium. If you want a zesty juice cocktail, mix a cup of water, two ripe tomatoes, one tablespoon each of tarragon, paprika, turmeric and cayenne. Add some basil leaves and the juice of a half-lemon, and mix well.
Like many fruit juices, pomegranate juice contains antioxidants, especially polyphenols. However, pomegranate juice contains antioxidants at much higher levels than other fruit juices. Antioxidants are thought to provide several heart-protecting benefits, including reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol. Most studies have used a daily dose of 1.5 ounces of pomegranate juice to ensure maximum benefits.
If you want to create your own juice cocktail, here’s a list of other complementary juices to provide vitality and help lower your blood pressure:
- Juice from green leafy veggies (think kale and spinach) are excellent sources of B-complex vitamins
- Carrot, apple, ginger, orange and strawberry juices have been known to lower bad cholesterol
- For natural zinc, drink ginger, turnip, parsley (even though it’s bitter-tasting), garlic, or carrot juice
- If you want to increase your potassium, drink parsley, garlic, spinach, cantaloupe and banana juice together
- For more bioflavanoids, drink grape, parsley, lemon, or lime juices
- For more vitamin C, drink kale, green pepper, or parsley juice
- The best vitamin E juices for you are spinach, carrot and asparagus
- More magnesium could possibly raise your good cholesterol. Those juices are beet, garlic, parsley and spinach
- Low on copper? Drink carrot, garlic, or ginger juice
- Studies have shown that chromium might raise good cholesterol levels. These juices include potato (pasty flavor), green pepper, apple and spinach juice
While I’m recommending juices, juices are high in calories and should be consumed in moderation. If you have cancer, drink no more than 8-12 ounces per meal. Fresh juices should be a part of a healthy diet, and avoid juices with added sugar. Make sure to read all labels for ingredients and choose 100% fruit juices not made from concentrate. Extra sugar means extra calories and too much sugar promotes unhealthy body chemical reactions. It is always better to eat your calories than to drink them.