1. Background of the Study
Apples are an excellent source of phytonutrients. These phytonutrients include phenolic acid and flavonoids. These nutrients protect the apple against bacteria, viruses and fungi. These benefits can be transferred into the human body when consumed. They provide antioxidants which protect against cancer and help to repair cell damage. Other benefits gleaned from the consumption of apples are the reduction in the risk of heart disease, diabetes, bacterial infections and viral infections. Apples also contain antiallergenic and anti-inflammatory properties.
The cucumber is a type of melon and comes from the same family as watermelon, zucchini and other squash. It is cylindrical in shape with lengths of approximately 6 to 9 inches. Its skin is very similar to watermelon, ranges from green to white. Inside, the flesh is pale green and very juicy.
Cucumber has an impressive amount of water (about 96%) that is naturally distilled, which makes it superior to ordinary water. Its skin contains a high percentage of vitamin A, so should not be peeled off. The cucumber contains alkaline-forming minerals and is an excellent source of vitamin C and A (anti-oxidants), folate, manganese, molybdenum, potassium, silica, sulfur, and lesser amounts of vitamin B complex, sodium, calcium, phosphorus and chlorine. Celery is also known as Apium graveolens, and has certain therapeutic properties and the reported benefits of using it internally. The use of herbal remedies, including the herb celery (also known as wild celery, smallage), classified as Apium graveolens, are popular as an alternative to standard Western allopathic medicine for a variety of problems, including eyesight, detoxifying the body as well as clearing the kidneys. Apium graveolens is an effective remedy for various ailments, and this natural holistic approach to health is becoming more and more popular, but should NOT replace conventional medicine or prescription drugs. Usually, celery (Apium graveolens) is used in making salads, spicing up foods containing meat, etc. However, the roots, leaves and celery seeds are used for therapeutic purposes in treating and preventing diseases. In medicine, celery has been used as far back as Ancient Greece when it was highly valued for its properties as an aphrodisiac as well as its medicinal properties. Around the same time celery was also used as a decorative herb by the Romans, who used the leaves for their "Winner's Crown". In traditional medicine celery was used to eliminate intestinal parasites. Chinese medicine recommended celery to be used as a medicine to treat high blood pressure due to its stabilizing components.
Juicing is said to be the best way to get your daily vitamin and mineral requirements. Also many of the antioxidants which are so beneficial are only available from plants in the raw state. Also the skin of most fruit and vegetables contain many of the desired constituents and juicing is the best way to release them. This is the case with many of the Superfoods which are in the news at present. Some fresh herbal remedies can also be prepared using this method by incorporating them in a juice drink. In the case of juicing, the fiber should be eliminated. Taking the fiber out makes sense because you are simply saving your digestive tract some work and you some energy. What our digestive tract does to whole foods is change them to a liquid; if we start with a liquid, we are helping it out. Fiber also inhibits the absorption of nutrients. According to Normal Walker, D.Sc., in Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices, eliminating the fiber from fruits and vegetables means that valuable nutrients get to you faster. Although this may at times seem insignificant "hey, I can wait an hour" in other situations it may be important. For many, there is a need to receive benefits of juicing as quickly as possible. Walker gives the example of using celery to combat extreme...