The benefits and popularity of fruit and vegetable juices is nothing new to the world of health and nutrition. That doesn’t mean there isn’t anything new to contribute to the juicing menu. Now, there’s certainly much more to juices than orange and tomato. New trends in juicing have opened up an exciting plethora of possibilities. You can follow the buzz of people talking about pomegranate juice, sambazon acai juice, coconut water, and live-culture soy juices. Among these new, health-packed, popular, and invigorating juices is pumpkin juice.
What is Pumpkin Juice?
It may seem self explanatory and obvious, but not all interpretations of pumpkin juice are the same. And the recent popularity surrounding pumpkin juice and Harry Potter doesn’t help with the mixed interpretations.
Let’s start with the pumpkin. The pumpkin is a squash from the Cucurbita family. This thick-skinned squash comes in a variety of shapes, but is often enjoyed in orange or yellow. The inside flesh and seeds are edible. Pumpkin can also be juiced. Raw pumpkin juice retains and provides consumers all of the nutrients and enzymes as eating the pumpkin in its gourd-form (Juicing for Health).
Some use raw pumpkin to make raw pumpkin juice. This juice is extracted from the seeded, fleshy part of raw pumpkins, preferably the sweeter varieties. Some add spices or lemon juice, according to Style Craze.
Others boil the pumpkin for a different sort of pumpkin juice. Bella Online adds a few extra ingredients such as apple cider, ginger, and brown sugar to her boiled pumpkin juice recipe.
Benefits of Pumpkin Juice
Pumpkins contain no less than vitamins A, C, E, and B. They also provide fiber and minerals such as potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, copper, and zinc (Juicing for Health). These vitamins and minerals are some of the reasons why pumpkins and their juices are said to provide the following health benefits:
- Assisting in weight loss. Pumpkins contain a substantial amount of fiber, which helps you to feel full and satisfied on the modest calories found in a serving of pumpkin, keeping you from gorging on empty calories.
- Restore the body after a tough workout. The hefty portion of potassium in pumpkin rejuvenates and restores the body by balancing the electrolytes lost in activity.
- Stave off wrinkles. Pumpkins, using their carotenoids, can neutralize free radicals. This helps to keep wrinkles away and is also said to deter cancer cells (Huffington Post).
- Brighten, smooth, and tone the skin. The fruit enzymes, alpha hydroxyl acids, Vitamin A, E and C, zinc all work together to provide beautiful benefits to the skin (The Dermal Institute).
- Provide Ayurveda medicinal benefits. Although less supported by scientific research, Ayurveda professionals credit pumpkin with a long list of impressive promises, such as:
- Treating insomnia
- Improving memory
- Soothing restlessness
- Relieving constipation
- Treating tuberculosis
- Easing the serious conditions of schizophrenia, epilepsy, and dementia
Precautions of Pumpkin Juice
Of course, substituting pumpkin for your trusted doctor’s suggested pharmaceuticals is not recommended. Consult a variety of professionals before changing your diet or medicinal needs. Also, be sure to choose the best preparation method for your current health condition and desired results. Raw pumpkin may be better for some conditions but can actually do some people with certain conditions harm.
How to Make Pumpkin Juice
There are endless ways to juice a pumpkin, but the writers at Fit Juice offer a particularly healthy and delicious recipe through easy to follow steps.
- 1 pumpkin (small)
- 3 carrots
- 1 apple (you can also substitute a pear)
- ½ inch chunk of ginger
- additional spices (cinnamon, cloves, allspice, or nutmeg)
- egg white protein for a vanilla taste
Fit Juice recommends choosing a sweet pumpkin and following proper washing, peeling, seeding, and slicing instructions. After the pumpkin is quartered and prepared, simply add ingredients together in a juicer.
A very similar anti inflammatory pumpkin juice recipe.
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