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juicemother's day iconWith a scorching heatwave in full swing across Pakistan, ‘juicing’ has become the buzzword for fitness conscious mums – and dads – these days. While the pre-packaged, supermarket variety is high in fructose (linked to obesity and type II diabetes), freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices are not.

This has prompted the trend of ‘juice boutiques’ cropping up internationally – and in Pakistan – where people can sip delicious, pulpy juices at juice bars.

Here are four types of juices that have a host of health benefits:

Ginger and apple concoctions contain phytochemicals that reduce bad cholesterol (HDL) and promote ‘good’ cholesterol (LDL). The anti-bacterial properties of     cold-pressed ginger juice helps reduce bloating, cures seasonal fevers and prevents asthma attacks.

Juice made with green apples, cucumbers and mangoes is rich in vitamin A, which improves eyesight and prevents macular degeneration. The high concentration of folate helps in serotonin production, thereby elevating a person’s mood. Rich in vitamin K, regular intake of this juice promotes red cell regeneration and blood clotting.            

A fusion of parsley, broccoli and pineapple is a highly recommended alternate therapy to relieve joint pain. Containing beta carotene and the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain, daily consumption delays the onset of osteoarthritis and prevents joint and muscle degeneration in people suffering from autoimmune joint conditions.        

A blend of berries (red, blue and purple) and grapes serves as the perfect breakfast to kickstart your day. The combination of magnesium, potassium, and vitamin C boosts immunity, regulates blood pressure, promotes digestion and fights colds. High in antioxidants, this blend flushes toxins from the body which are believed to prevent cancer.

– Dr Beenish Israr
The writer is lecturer Food and Nutrition at University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.

First published in the Health Advertiser Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on May 11, 2014.