Super Juices: Should You Drink Them?

I’m sure you all have been hearing the buzz about the amazing healing properties of fruit juices from around the world. These nutrient dense products have been touted to do anything from cure cancer to improve libido. We wanted to give some time to review 4 of these “super-juices” and help people to see the benefits as well as become more educated consumers when encountering these products.

Acai (Euterpe oleracea)

Acai berries grow on palm trees in the Brazilian Rain Forest. They are rich in amino acids, essential fatty acids, anthocyanins, minerals, trace minerals, phytosterols and vitamins. The primary uses of Acai juice are: as an energy booster, to enhance immune function, to promote healthy cholesterol balance and support the heart and blood vessels. Acai has been used historically as a nutrient rich food source by the indigenous inhabitants of the Brazilian Rain Forest.

Goji (Lycium barbarum)

Goji berries grow in the Himalayan Mountain region of Tibet and many regions in China. Goji is also known as English wolfberry, Matrimony Vine, or Chinese Boxthorn. Traditionally Goji has been used to treat pain, inflammation, anemia, poor vision and cough. More recently, studies have shown that Goji has anti-cancer actions, immune enhancing benefits and that it exerts an effect on Human Growth Hormone (HGH), better known as a “youth hormone.” Some of the consequences of stimulating HGH are better sleep, more lean muscle, improved libido and increased energy. Undeniably, Goji is rich in polysaccharides (powerful anti-oxidants), zeaxanthin anti-oxidant protection to the macula of the eye), minerals, amino acids, vitamins, essential fatty acids and beta-sitosterol.

Mangosteen (Garcinia Mangostana)

The Mangosteen fruit is widely used to support healthy inflammatory processes in the body. It has been used to treat inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, allergies and asthma. Mangosteen is also known for its ability to act as a free-radical scavenger which assists with healthy aging and disease prevention. Studies have shown that it can induce the killing of cancer cells. Mangosteen has also been used to lower blood pressure and as system-wide cleanse for Candida.

Noni (Morinda citrifolia)

Noni fruit grows in China, Samoa, Tahiti, Japan and Hawaii. It is also known as Great morinda, Indian mulberry and Ach. Noni has been used as an anti-oxidant rich tonic used to treat asthma, low back pain, menstrual cramps and dysentery. Studies have shown that Noni has cancer-preventing and cancer treating properties. Because of its strong effect as a potentiator, it is important to not take this juice with other medicines without first clearing it with your physician. Noni is also very rich in potassium and should not be used by those on kidney dialysis. Noni’s effects are most specifically geared toward restoring digestion via detoxification and repair of the intestines.

References
Gan L, Wang J, Zhang S. [Inhibition of the growth of human leukemia cells by Lycium barbarum polysaccharide]. Wei Sheng Yan Jiu. 2001;30:333-5.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfberry
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noni
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mangosteen
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acai
Wang MY, Su C (December 2001). “Cancer preventive effect of Morinda citrifolia (Noni).” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 952: 161-8. PMID:11795436.

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