Juicing is a great way to improve the nutrition you get in your daily diet. You can drink juices to supplement your diet, or you can try a juice fast to give your body a break from processed and other unhealthy foods or to try to treat certain minor health conditions, such as digestive issues.
Though juicing offers exceptional nutritional value, there are some supplements you may consider adding to your juices in order to get even more benefits. Here are some of the best supplements to add to your juices:
Chlorella is a protein-rich algae that contains many essential nutrients. This emerald-green powder contains nearly 45 percent protein and 20 percent healthy fat, making it an excellent addition to any juice. Chlorella is beneficial not only as a protein supplement, but it is also said to be able to help flush out heavy metals and other toxins in the body.
Like Chlorella, Spirulina is an algae that has a rich green hue. It is also an excellent source of protein (about 60 percent). Spirulina is also an excellent source of Vitamin B12, which is not found in many sources outside of animal protein, making it an especially good choice for vegans and vegetarians. It is also a rich source of beta-carotene, zinc, copper, iron, and selenium, among others.
Maca is a root that has been used in Peru and other South American countries for medical purposes for many years. Believed by many to be a “superfood,” maca is touted for its ability to increase energy levels and to balance hormones naturally. You can purchase it in powder or capsule form, but the powder is obviously best for adding to juices. Maca has a strong flavor, and a little bit goes a long way. Try it in a bland drink to start to get a sense of its flavor, then pair it with other juices that you think would be complimentary.
There are many wonderful oils that you can add to juices that will not significantly alter the test but that will add much to the nutrient profile. Some examples include fish oil, flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil, moringa seed oil, and cod liver oil. Each offers different nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin D and vitamin A. Experiment with different oils in different juices to determine a flavor profile that you like and to determine which offers the best health benefits for you.
Supplementing juices isn’t necessary. Juicing can provide a lot of nutrients all by itself. However, if you want to provide that added oomph to some of your juices, these supplements are great choices for the excellent nutritional profile they provide.
Do you ever add supplements to your juices? Share your additions in the comments and tell us why you choose to include them!
Bridget Sandorford is a freelance writer and researcher for Culinaryschools.org, where recently she’s been researching chef requirements. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.