While all fresh, raw and live produce is exceptional…there are some that stand out from the crowd. I've picked these as the best fruits and vegetables mainly because of thier health benefits and ease of juicing.
Here are my top 15 to incorporate into your juicing regimen but they are not in any special order...how would that even be possible? :) Definitely give all of these best fruits and vegetables a try.
Antioxidant packed, these are one of the best fruits for juicing. They help to reduce cholesterol, cleanse digestive system and help to boost the immune system. They go well with almost any fruit or vegetable (softening any bitter or strong juice), making them my favorite base for juices. They are also chock full of nutrients that help aid in digesting fats.
Pineapples add a great tropical flavor to juices. They are anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial. They help to dissolved blood clots. They also contain a digestive enzyme called bromelain with is really important for the body to digest protein.
Papaya is at the top of the list of the best fruits and vegetables when it comes to digestion. It contains papain, an enzyme that helps to breakdown protein. If you have digestion problems, try juicing some papaya juice daily, especially after meals. You don’t need a lot, but adding any type of mint to your papaya juice will strengthen the properties even more. Papayas also help to replenish vitamin C in the body, and protects against cancer.
Tomatoes are popular and are at the top for best fruits and vegetables to juice. They are fantastic for your health. Tomatoes lower your risk of cancer (especially testicular cancer in men) and is good for the heart due to its high amount of lycopene. They blend very well with many vegetables and are pleasant tasting. When cooked, they become acidic, so if tomato sauce bothers you, don’t assume that juice would do the same. It’s completely different when it’s raw.
Packed with antioxidants, these do so much for your general health. They are antiviral and antibacterial. Berries are good for the blood. Blueberries and blackcurrants help diarrhea and urinary infections. Raspberries are good for menstrual cramps. Strawberries have lots of lycopene and help the cardiovascular system. While berries aren't the easiest to juice on the best fruits and vegetables list, they should become a staple in your juicing regimen.
Cabbage is fantastic for the stomach. If you had or have ulcer problems cabbage is a must for you to juice daily. It’s a cancer fighter and full of indoles that aid in estrogen balance and regulating metabolism. It’s a great detoxifier. While cabbage doesn’t taste so great alone, it’s flavor can easily be masked by other yummier produce.
Broccoli is part of the cruciferous family. Loaded with antioxidants, it also has a good amount of vitamin C. If you are concerned about lung, colon or breast cancer, have raw broccoli a few times a week. If you can’t eat it, juice it so you can’t taste it. Mix it with some tomato juice. It has chlorophyll, so it helps to regulate insulin and blood sugar.
Celery is great at cleansing the digestive system of uric acid. So if you have gout issues, definitely include celery in your diet daily. It’s great for lowering blood pressure because of it’s high potassium content. If you retain water daily and have lots of bloating, celery is your #1 go to veggie! It’s diuretic effect is powerful. If you are starting a detoxifying regimen, be sure to make celery as a regular base to your juices- its diuretic properties will help to remove the toxins from your body with ease. There is potassium in the tops so juice them too. It helps to balance out the sodium in the stalk.
Carrots are surprisingly (and deliciously) sweet when juiced. Don’t be afraid of them at all. They have too many good nutrients packed inside to be missed. They have a high beta carotene content making them great for skin, brain, fighting cancer, protecting arteries, fighting infections and boosting the immune. Many doctors believe (as well as studies have shown) that they help to eliminate putrefactive bacteria in the colon and help to rid of intestinal parasites. They blend very well with many ingredients, including one of my favorites….apples. Apple carrot juice is a powerhouse and one of the best fruits and vegetables drink combos!
10. Sweet Potatoes
Yes, they can be juiced. They have an exceptional amount of vitamin, in the form of beta carotene. They are a good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, fiber, B6, potassium and iron. Sweet potatoes are anti-inflammatory and really can help people with arthritis and other types of inflammation.
Cranberries prevent bacteria from forming in the bladder, prostate and kidneys. It also deodorizes urine. They contain mannose, which is what helps to keep the entire urinary track from getting and infection. They also can help prevent kidney stones. They are antiviral and antibiotic. Because they are so sour, they need to be combined with either water, or another fruit to be palatable. I like to add apple or grape juices to the mix.
Parsley has a lot of chlorophyll and is excellent for the blood. It gives you a spark of energy and has anti-parasitic properties. It helps with the kidney and gallstones, cleanses the liver and supports the heart. Many people also say it helps their arthritis. And one last thing- it helps to deodorize the body as well as your garlic or onion breath! Add it to any juice, but more generously to your green juices as you’ll hardly taste it when its mixed with other greens.
13. Dandelion Greens
Besides for its general leafy green benefits including chlorophyll, dandelion is specifically good for cleaning out the kidney, liver, gallbladder, bowel and pancreas. It’s a mild diuretic, and helps people with anemia, diabetes and hypoglycemia. Because of these things, it does help many people with acne problems as it helps to clear elimination blockages in the body. That’s not all- it has a good amount of calcium, manganese, potassium and iron.
Wheatgrass is one of the finest greens out there. It restores health to the sick and brings up red blood counts for a healthy body. It’s high in indoles, which helps to prevent cancer. It stimulates DNA repair, neutralizes the worst free radicals (called superoxides) and protects from cancer. It contains over 20 enzymes, including the enzyme catalase which breaks down harmful hydrogen peroxide in the body and prevents it from harming cells. Wheatgrass is very nutrient dense, and includes provitamin A, chlorophyll, potassium, magnesium, among many, many others. According to several studies, the only nutrient it seems to lack is vitamin D and B12. People have used wheatgrass to reverse cancer and many other health issues with success. It is easy to grow or find in markets these days. Unfortunately not all juicers can juice wheatgrass with ease. Many can, but if you have a model that cannot you can buy a special wheatgrass juicer. If I had to put an order to the list on this page, wheatgrass would be number 1 on the list for the best fruits and vegetables to juice- soley for it's health benefits.
15. Citrus Fruits
Citrus are one of the most popular of the best fruits and vegetables to juice. They contain carotenoids, bioflavonoids and oodles of vitamin C which help to fight cancer. They lower blood pressure and help to reduce plaque from arteries. Citrus are antiviral, antibacterial and super yummy. They had a burst of flavor to almost any juice. You’ll want to make sure your citrus fruits are not picked until ripe as they can be acidic if picked too early.
Honorable mention for best fruits and vegetables to juice…
Okay, so, there are so many good fruits and veggies. Here are some that get special status, right below some of the best…
Spinach is full of many important vitamins and minerals. It does contain oxalic acid which can interfere with the absorption of calcium in the body, so since there are so many choices for things to juice, limit this to 2-3 times a week.
Kale, how awesome is kale? It has protein, minerals, calcium, very good...maybe I should have included this in the top 15!
Melons are super nutritious. Many are natural diuretics which make them powerful cleansers and detoxifiers. They have a high water content so they are great to re-hydrate your body, especially after a workout. Cantaloupes are high in beta carotene(the orange gives that away) and all of them are antiviral and antibacterial.
Peppers are rich in vitamin c and have lots of antioxidants. They help to keep arteries decongested and help conditions like asthma, bronchitis and the common cold. They also help the hair, nails and skin because they are high in natural silicones.
Get the most nutrition by using some of these key ingredients to get the benefits of juicing!