This Summer, Refresh Your Body with Zucchini Juice

by Best Juicer on June 24, 2013

Zucchini is a type of squash that can be found in abundance in the summer months, although it is available all year long. Commonly treated as a vegetable despite technically being a fruit, it is used in dishes such aratatouille, lasagna, stews, casseroles, stir-fried meals, salads, breads, and even desserts. However, like many other vegetables, it can also be juiced. As unappealing as vegetable juice may sound, you may want to consider drinking some zucchini juice, given its many health benefits.

An Abundant Source of Health Benefits

First, zucchini juice is low in energy and calories - it only contains about 25-27 calories - and is laden with nutrients. Zucchinis are good sources of folate, manganese, potassium, copper, calcium, protein, fiber, zinc, beta-carotene, carotenoids, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamins B-1 and 2, which are beneficial to the blood, bones, eyes, circulatory system, digestive system, and teeth, among others. One glass of this juice a day can provide enough nutritional content for the average person: a glass of this juice is already said to contain 10% of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of dietary fiber, over 10% of the RDA of magnesium, 19% of the RDA of manganese, 86% of the RDA of vitamin A for women, and 67% of the RDA of vitamin A in men.

Moreover, zucchinis are especially rich in calcium, such that zucchini juice has, at times, been recommended to the lactose-intolerant as a milk substitute. They are also especially rich in potassium, which is beneficial to the blood and kidneys, so those taking potassium supplements should be careful not to drink too much of this juice. Going by these statistics, we might as well call zucchini a miracle vegetable!

Zucchini juice is also known to be a total body cleanser. With its many nutrients, as well as its antioxidants, it can cleanse the body of toxins and free radicals; thus, it is known as an anti-aging juice. It fights certain negative effects associated with aging, such as memory loss, blurred vision, puffy and swollen eyes, and bruising easily. It also cleanses the kidneys and blood vessels, preventing kidney diseases, preventing the buildup of excessive uric acid, and lowering cholesterol levels. It even has anti-inflammatory properties, thus helping prevent gout and asthma. And because of its cleansing properties, as well as its low calorie content, this juice is considered to help promote weight loss and to increase metabolism. It is therefore highly recommended for those on a diet. Even better is that the cleansing effect of this juice gives it calming and soothing properties, so those who want to chill out and relax are encouraged to grab a glass of this juice.

This juice can also help minimize the likelihood of major diseases such as cancer, specifically colon cancer, stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Like leeks and radishes, zucchinis are very good in preventing cell mutations that lead to cancer. The high fiber content of zucchinis also ensures regular bowel movements, thus removing toxins from the colon. Preventing cancer aside, they can also reduce the risk of clogged arteries and blood vessels, thanks to the presence of magnesium and potassium. Furthermore, because zucchinis are very abundant in the vitamin B complex group, they can regulate and even lower blood sugar, making zucchini juice perfect for diabetics and those who are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Other diseases that this wonder juice can prevent or alleviate the symptoms of are rheumatoid arthritis, urinary tract disease, benign prostatic hypertrophy (which affects a man’s urinary and sexual functions), and multiple sclerosis.

Now that you know just how extensive the health benefits of zucchini are, juicing it no longer sounds all that unappealing, does it?

Reminders for Juicing Zucchini

Luckily for us, zucchini is easy to juice, because 95% of its composition is water. But to get the most out of this type of juice, just keep in mind that it’s best to choose shiny, firm, smooth, vibrantly colored, spotless zucchinis - proof that they are fresh - and to mix zucchinis with other fruits or vegetables, such as apples, celery, parsley, cucumber, and carrots. After all, zucchini juice on its own has a mild, very subtle taste that borders on bland.

Also, some zucchinis can be bitter. Generally, large zucchinis tend to taste rather bitter, so be sure to taste your zucchinis before juicing them. You wouldn’t want to ruin your juice, would you?

Refresh, Cleanse, and Uplift Your Body and Spirits

With summer fast approaching, there is no better time to drink zucchini juice than now. Not only will this juice leave you feeling cooled and refreshed, but it will also be beneficial to your health, making it the perfect guilt-free drink. So the next time you want to quench your thirst, forget about the usual choices like a soda or lemonade. Try some zucchini juice now!



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