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Diabetes: Juices

Nearly every health condition responds well to appropriate fruit and vegetable juices, but diabetes is a very complicated disease and affects people differently.  The first thing you should do is consult a doctor and work together on finding the best diet for your specific diabetes symptoms.

In general, if you are only concerned with your diabetes, you should have chromium-rich juices like tomato and grape, but they need to work into your eating plan, which usually includes the low Glycemic Index.  Keep in mind that sugar is sugar, whether it’s in the form of a juice or granulated. 

Here are four juice cocktails I recommend to diabetics:

  • Tomato juice and garlic (spicy too)
  • Carrot  ginger, celery, parsley, spinach
  • Red lettuce, spinach, carrot, garlic (at least one clove), and ginger
  • String beans, parsley, cucumber, celery and watercress

If you have diabetes and are trying to reduce your blood pressure, lower your cholesterol and improve your heart, I recommend beet, carrot, celery, currant, spinach, grape, cherry and watermelon juices. 

If you are taking medication and are deficient in potassium, magnesium, or calcium, add these juices:  honeydew melon, cantaloupe, apricot, banana, peach, orange juice, parsley and broccoli.

If you have high blood pressure, 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, I would recommend threes juice combos:

  • Carrot, pineapple, and ginger (you could add a touch of honey)
  • 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 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, which many experts believe will help you diabetes. 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, be aware that many juices are high in calories and should be consumed in moderation.  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 it is always better to eat your calories than to drink them.

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