Benefits of Red & Pink Juices


March 8, 2017
In Lifestyle, Nutrition

Hi! Dr. Zelana Montminy here, Suja’s Health and Wellness expert. Here’s a question – why is naturally red and pink colored produce good for us? Well, research shows that these fruits and veggies have phytochemicals, such as lycopene which you may have heard of, that help keep us in tip top shape. Read below for my top red and pink Suja juice picks!

Lavenade: With its dose of lemon, red cabbage, maqui berry, and lavender, this soothing treat will keep you humming. While we all know lavender to be calming when we drip some essential oils in our bath, studies have also shown that it’s antibacterial as well. Red cabbage is known for vitamin C as well, and it has anthocyanins which are the pigments that give it its purple color! Plus, the maqui berry in this juice offers a great health boost. You’ve heard of acai but in the same family is maqui berry, grown only in a small part of Southern Chile. This antioxidant helps reduce post-workout inflammation in the body, and studies have also shown it has antibacterial properties as well.

Spark: This is the queen of red juice! It’s full of heart-healthy strawberries just like their shape would suggest. The tart cherry contains ingredients that fight swelling and promote recovery so this is particularly great for after a workout. Tart cherry juice also helps regulate our sleep cycle because it contains melatonin, a molecule that helps promote longer sleep duration and quality! The raspberry and lemon juice have vitamin C and antioxidants that are needed for cell repair and immune function. Honey has a variety of uses, not to mention valuable minerals, and can help with throat irritation.

Sweet Beets: The name says it all. The red color of this juice comes from the beets in it. Beets have natural nitrates and manganese, a mineral that’s good for bones. Our body makes nitrates into nitric oxide that increases blood flow and boosts stamina. That’s why many athletes have used the juice of beets to enhance performance since it improves blood flow to muscles and the removal of byproducts such as lactic acid. The carrots in this juice deliver vitamins and minerals that improve immunity and research has shown improve eye sight as well. The superfood highlight in this mix is the turmeric. This is post-workout inflammation’s best weapon due to its main active compound, curcumin. Various studies have shown a number of different molecules involved in inflammation that are stopped by curcumin. Not only will turmeric battle that post-workout inflammation in our body, it can also increase our focus and energy.

Wild Probiotic: The stars here are the beneficial probiotics that keep our gut healthy and have also been shown to help us deal with stress more effectively. More and more research is showing how our gut is connected to our emotions. Our gut communicates with our brain through our vagus nerve, so good bacteria and live cultures may send messages to the brain to calm down. Containing 2 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) of vegan probiotics per bottle, this exotic lemonade provides a clean dose of immune and digestive benefits. The cayenne in this mix gives it a nice kick too and will jumpstart your metabolism! It also has beta carotene and antioxidants that support our immune system in defending various viruses and bacteria. The spice in the pepper also raises body temperature which causes us to sweat, release toxins from our cells.

Grapefruit Jalapeno: I’ve talked about the benefits of probiotics already and this combo will have your taste buds dancing! The grapefruit has metabolism boosting properties which helps to burn fat even while the body is resting. Plus, the citrus smell alone is known to curb our stress and anxiety levels. Ginger has been found to balance our immune system and help with mild digestion issues. It is best known for its strong antiviral and antibacterial properties. According to research, ginger has been found to activate T-cells. These are white blood cells that can destroy cells infected by viruses, so they play a critical role in a powerful immune system. The jalapeño will give you that zing! Like cayenne, the capsaicin in this pepper also has several health benefits, including relief from headaches, arthritis and fighting various respiratory infections. Capsaicin is what also makes this a thermogenic food, meaning it can burn calories even while we’re sitting so drink up!

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Dr. Zelana Montminy is a leader in the wellness realm and is Suja’s Health & Wellness Expert! Author of 21 Days to Resilience, she speaks around the world, is a go-to authority in the media and holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in Health, as well as a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University. Dr. Montminy strongly believes that what we eat is intrinsically connected to how we feel. She has been a huge fan of Suja since the beginning and has partnered with Suja to help facilitate her goal of redefining wellness and encouraging people to filter through the truths behind false assumptions in the health, wellness, and nutrition worlds.