Friday, March 7, 2008


The top consumer questions about superfruit juices?

#1: Are pasteurized superfruit juice as healthy as raw juices?

No. Raw fruit juice is always healthier than pasteurized. Heat processing destroys a significant portion of the nutrients found in raw juice.

#2: Is the Bisphenol-A chemical in the plastic containers used with fruit juices a threat to my health?

A small threat, perhaps, but the health benefits of drinking superfruit juices greatly outweigh the health risks of plastics chemicals. Still, it's better to drink such juices from glass containers, not plastic.

#3: Are organic fruit juices healthier than non-organic?

Yes! Organic fruits have much higher concentrations of phytonutrients (natural plant medicines), vitamins and minerals. Organic farming is also better for the environment. But even non-organic superfruits are very good for your health, and in my opinion, the health benefits of the natural fruit juices far outweighs the cancer risk of pesticide residues.

#4: Why do you call apple juice and grape juice "junk juices?"

Many superfruit juice products that claim "pomegranate" or "blueberry" on the front label are actually made mostly with cheaper juices such as grape and apple. These are fillers juices that have very little nutritional value compared to pomegranate, blueberry, acai and others.

#5: Are juices made from concentrate as good as juices made fresh?

No! Juices from concentrate are usually imported from growers around the world (including China), then reconstituted with water. The process of removing the water in the first place causes a loss of some nutrients. Reconstituted fruit juice is never as nutritionally potent as fresh fruit juice.

There is also no requirement that juice companies list the country of origin for their juice concentrates. For all you know, they may have been imported from China or some other country famous for exporting contaminated products.

#6: What are the ingredients to watch out for on superfruit juice labels?

Watch out for use of the following:

High fructose corn syrup (a refined sweetener linked to diabetes and obesity)
Sugar (refined table sugar)
Sucrose (also a refined sugar)
Sodium benzoate (a dangerous chemical preservative)
Apple juice (a filler juice and natural sweetener)
Grape juice (also used as a filler juice, better than sugars but still cheaper than superfruit juices

#7: How do I shop for a superfruit juice product?
Here's some quick advice:

Top choice: 100% pure superfruit juice, made from fresh fruits (not from concentrate), packaged in glass. These are by far the most expensive juice drinks on the market.

Good choice:
100% pure superfruit juice, made from concentrate, packaged in plastic.

Poor choice: Juice blends containing some amount of superfruit juice (but mostly apple juice and grape juice or water), made from concentrate, packaged in plastic.

Stupid choice: Juice drinks made with high fructose corn syrup and water, containing a small amount of actual juice, packaged in plastic. These are by far the cheapest juice drinks on the market.

#8: What are the healthiest fruit juices, and what are they good for?

Pomegranate: Anti-cancer, protects the heart and cardiovascular system

Blueberry: Lowers high cholesterol, protects the nervous system from oxidative damage (many people can eliminate statin drugs by eating more blueberries)

Acai: Anti-cancer, reduces digestive cancer risk, supports healthy nervous system function

Noni: Extremely potent anti-cancer, immune-boosting fruit (tastes terrible, though, if it's real)

Cherry: Anti-inflammatory. Reduces or ends arthritis pain. Anthocyanins are also anti-cancer.

Cranberry: Well known to eliminate urinary tract infections (and even helps protect you from airborne viral infections).

In fact, the simple thing to remember is that every berry contains natural medicines and the smaller the berry, the more potent the medicine. So large berries like cherries, strawberries and grapes are not nearly as medicinally potent as tiny berries like cranberries, black raspberries, red raspberries, acai and red currants. The more vibrant the color of the berry, the more medicine it contains. Strong or bright colors indicate higher density of natural medicine.

To get the most benefits, eat a large diversity of berries on a regular basis. Don't just stick to eating or drinking one type of berry. Instead, seek out a wide variety of berries and other superfruits.

#9: Can juice products cure my cancer?

Probably not by themselves. Beating cancer with nutrition almost always requires these things:

Daily consumption of raw plants from the allium family (garlic is best)
Daily consumption of raw cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli)
Massive intake of vitamin D (under supervision of a naturopath)
Daily consumption of raw, freshly blended fruit and vegetable juices (includ beet, ginger, kale and all the superfruits you can find...)
Total body cleansing, including liver cleanse, kidney cleanse and digestive cleanse
Supplementation with trace minerals like selenium
Regular physical exercise that makes you sweat (sweating is the body's way to eliminate toxins)
Completely eliminating all smoking, eating processed foods and using common personal care products or cosmetics (which contain cancer-causing chemicals)
Daily consumption of medicinal mushrooms like Reishi (recommended brand:
Daily consumption of anti-cancer rainforest herbs (like Cat's Claw or Una de Gato: See

As always, be sure to work with a naturopathic physician if you're battling cancer.

#10: What brands of superfruit juice do you trust?

I don't trust any brands. I read the ingredients on everything. Sometimes the same company sells a crap product right next to a quality product. Don't trust brands, and don't trust corporations. Trust only yourself: Read the ingredients!



blogger templates | Make Money Online