Juices & Smoothies with cancer fighting properties

Juices & smoothies are a great way to consume nutrients & maintain hydration particularly when you have lost your appetite. There is a difference between the two:

* Juices are great for those who feel really unwell because they extract the fibre from the fruits & vegetables used leaving the valuable nutrients to be absorbed by the body quickly without putting too much of a burden on the digestive system. Juices are best made in a cold pressed juicer but if you haven’t got one to hand, a centrifugal juicer will give good results.

* Smoothies include the fibre of fruits & vegetables as well as the valuable nutrients. Because the fibre is still available, the nutrients & natural sugars (fructose) are absorbed much more slowly by the body than they are when drinking juices. The benefits of this is that the fibre helps to move toxins & waste material through your body & the slower release of natural sugars means you won’t feel as hungry. Smoothies are best made in a high powered blender such as a Nutribullet.

Juice & Smoothie Ingredients

Juice

1 medium mango
·½ cup of pineapple
·2 cups of spinach

The Juices & Smoothie Cancer Fighting Properties

anti-inflammatory antioxidants; mangiferin, quercetin, vitamins (A, C, D, K) –

vitamin K should not be taken in excess if you are currently on any chemotherapy drugs; consult with your oncologist

chlorophyll
iron
folate
alkalizing properties

Juice

2 cups of kale or spinach
1 cored apple but include the apple seeds
1 carrot, scrubbed, topped & tailed
½ lemon with skin on
¼ inch of ginger

anti-inflammatory antioxidants; quercetin,
vitamin (A, C),
chlorophyll
amygdalin
calcium iron
alkalizing properties

Smoothie

1 cup of blueberries
½ cup of almond or coconut yogurt
1 cup of almond milk
2 tablespoons of chia seeds

anti-inflammatory antioxidants,
vitamin (B, C)
omega-3s
alkalizing properties

Smoothie

1 orange, peeled
1 cup of pineapple
1 cup of spinach
1-½ cups of home brewed green tea

anti-inflammatory antioxidants, vitamin (A, C)
calcium
folic acid
iron
alkalizing properties

Smoothie

2 large handfuls of broccoli
1 ripe banana
1 cored apple but include the apple seeds
1-½ cups of alkaline water

anti-inflammatory antioxidants, vitamin (A, C)
chlorophyll
potassium
amygdalin
alkalizing properties

Anybody diagnosed with a chronic condition such as cancer is also dealing with an immune system that is not working well. If that person has also undergone treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation, their immune system will be suffering further. It makes sense then, to find ways to help support and rebuild the immune system. Eating highly nutritious foods is one way that can benefit the immune system because these foods contain antioxidants, vitamins, enzymes, proteins and nutrients etc. that are known to support the various functions of the immune system.

The examples of juices & smoothies overleaf are just a few examples of recipes that could be used to support a cancer patient. You can experiment with the flavours by including other fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs & spices. Generally the following are good examples of fruits & veggies that are very useful in supporting the health of somebody with a cancer diagnosis:

There are many other nutritious fruits and veggies that could be added to the list above; experiment with flavours. As you can see some of the benefits of each food are listed.