Thursday, December 15, 2022 by Zoey Sky
Nutrition experts recommend berries as part of a balanced diet because these tart, juicy fruits are full of beneficial antioxidants like polyphenols.
Polyphenols offer several health benefits and one expert has a unique tip to help you get the most antioxidants when juicing berries.
Polyphenols are a subgroup of antioxidants. These potent phytonutrients, or plant-based nutrients, are linked to many health benefits, such as supporting heart health, glowing skin and improved longevity.
Dr. Steven Gundry, a respected cardiologist, shares one hack called “reverse juicing” that will help you extract even more polyphenols from nutritious berries. (Related: Top 8 tasty and nutritious vegetables for juicing.)
If you have a juicer, use it like you normally would. Slice your fruits and vegetables to the correct size, then slowly insert them one after the other into the machine.
Once activated, the juicer will press each piece into a nutrient-dense liquid. Most juicers will have an outlet that collects all the pulp so you can easily compost or save it for future recipes.
If you’re using a blender to make fruit juice, you have to strain the pulp before drinking your beverage. Gundry recommends saving the pulp instead of throwing it away because it’s actually the best part of the juicing method.
Here are the three steps to reverse juice your berries and fruits:
Berries are a great source of polyphenols, and using this hack means you get more bang for your buck. Blueberries contain polyphenol pigments called anthocyanins that are needed to maintain brain health and for healthy aging.
Other fruits like pomegranates contain ellagic acid, another polyphenol and powerful antioxidant that can support healthy skin and increase skin’s resilience against UVB rays.
Instead of throwing away the pulp from your juicer, set it aside and add it to yogurt and smoothies for an antioxidant boost.
If you don’t have a juicer, you can also take a supplement that includes pomegranate extract to get similar results. Look for a high-quality 100 percent pomegranate whole fruit extract with a concentrated dose (at least 60 percent) of total polyphenols.
These supplements can help enhance photoprotection and promote healthy skin aging. Try beauty supplements with pomegranate extract to boost your skin health.
When buying supplements, choose a product that contains only 100 percent pomegranate whole fruit extract (Punica granatum L.) that includes a relevant dose of at least 100 milligrams. Lastly, the supplement should include a verifiable botanical concentration of polyphenols. Brands will usually quantify the polyphenol amount.
Strawberries contain high amounts of antioxidant polyphenols. This delicious snack made with fresh strawberries can help protect healthy cells from free radical damage.
Homemade strawberry oatmeal bars
These strawberry oatmeal bars are also great if you need a quick breakfast or snack.
Ingredients for 16 servings of the crust and crumble:
Ingredients for the strawberry filling:
If you love fruit juice, use your juicer and save the nutrient-rich pulp from berries. Add the fruit pulp to sweet desserts and breakfasts for a quick antioxidant boost.
Watch the video below to learn more about cacao nibs, another superfood full of antioxidants.
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