Super Rainbow Juice with a Secret Weightloss Ingredient you would not Expect

by Brian P. Ramos

At Rama’s Rooted Tree, I always suggest students and clients strive toward getting in daily fruit and vegetables that cover the entire spectrum of the rainbow to provide your cells with a wonderful healing tonic. Each color contains a variety of different phytochemicals known to keep you healthier and prevent diseases like cancer when consumed regularly. My Super Rainbow Juice does just that by providing you with a mega dose of live and intact antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that will reduce inflammation, slow aging, and boost your energy and mood. Oh, and of course it is delicious as well! To watch me discuss this juice and make it, please watch on YouTube.

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​​INGREDIENTS

One tomato

One lemon

One golden beet

One Romaine Heart

One jalapeño

Two kiwis

One-quarter bunch of cilantro

One bunch of kale

One-inch ginger

Use a cold-press juicer to juice and mix all ingredients and enjoy!

EVIDENCE-BASED BENEFITS

Tomatoes are a major source of lycopene, which is associated with reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. In addition, tomatoes are a rich source of vitamin C and K, folate, and potassium. With its rich, vibrant coloration, tomatoes contain other valuable phytochemicals in addition to lycopene. These include beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body, chlorogenic acid, which is a powerful antioxidant that can lower blood pressure as well, and naringenin, found on the skin and shown to have anti-inflammatory effects.

Lemons are a rich source of vitamin C providing 51% of your daily intake. Research has shown that a diet rich in vitamin C and other plant compounds can lower the risk of heart disease. Two compounds, in particular, hesperidin and diosmin, found in lemons may help to lower cholesterol. Interestingly, some plant compounds found in the lemon peel, in particular, polyphenols, may reduce weight gain and body fat. Other benefits of lemons supported by data include: (1) Reduced cancer risk, (2) Protection against anemia by enhancing the absorption of iron, which would be of particular benefit to vegetarians or vegans.

Beets are hard to beat when it comes to nutrition. Therefore, learn to love them and ingest more of them to maintain a healthier and more vibrant body. Video uses regular purple beet that is richer in betacyanins as opposed to betaxanthins found in the golden version. Both are important phytochemicals that stimulate liver detoxification.

Beets are a wondrous superfood (low-calorie & high in nutrition) that contains the highest amounts of healing phytonutrients called betalains, like betanin and vulgaxanthin (also found in stems of chard or rhubarb). Both of these important chemicals provide antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. Lab studies have demonstrated that betanin pigments lessen tumor cell growth and inhibit pro-inflammatory enzymes.

Beets contain boron, which is a trace mineral associated with increased sex drive and orgasm in both men and women. Why feed yourself foods that deplete your energy, libido, and increase your risk for chronic diseases? Beets have you covered on every front and should be consumed regularly and organic (in my top three foods that must be eaten organic and raw).

Beets are great for those suffering from hypertension as studies have shown that beets contain a high concentration of nitrates that help to lower blood pressure when converted in our body to nitric oxide. In addition, athletes should consider increasing beet consumption as nitrates help boost the efficiency of the mitochondria, which are the powerhouses of our cells. Lastly, nitrates promote dilation of blood vessels, increase blood flow to the brain, and enhance cognitive function. Therefore, drink that beetroot juice!

Consume your beets raw, to enhance the intake of betalains. This is because they are not heat stable like red anthocyanin pigments found in red cabbage. Ideally, you should limit cooking to 15 mins or less.

Romaine Heart is the inner part that is sweeter and more yellowish and is surrounded by the greener leaves typically used in salads. Romaine is rich in various important vitamins and minerals.

Jalapeños are not just a source of capsaicin, the alkaloid that gives the peppers their spicy quality. They are a superfood (low-calorie, high-nutrition) full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Jalapeños, like other chili peppers with capsaicin, can promote weight loss in three ways:

  • Boosting metabolism by four to five percent
  • Reducing appetite
  • Reducing abdominal fat

You could add chili powder or capsaicin for this weight loss benefit, but you would then miss the other goodies that the actual raw pepper has. Amazingly, capsaicin has strong anti-cancer properties, may protect the stomach from ulcers, and lower cholesterol.

Kiwis are, as expected, nutrient-dense and loaded with Vitamin C (about 273% of recommended daily value). With high antioxidants counts, kiwis reduce oxidative stress and risk of cancer (i.e. colon cancer). Kiwis also boost immune function, lower blood pressure, if consumed regularly and protect your eyes with high levels of zeaxanthin and lutein.

Cilantro leaves are rich in many important vitamins and minerals and a great component to add to your diet to boost liver detox. Its principal compound, Linalool, increases the metabolic activity of liver CYP enzymes that are important for the breakdown of potentially toxic substances. Lastly, cilantro improves digestion and relieves an upset stomach.

Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. To put this into perspective, a single cup of raw kale contains 206% Vitamin A, 684% Vitamin K, 134% Vitamin C (more than a whole orange), 9% Vitamin B6, and 26% Manganese, to name some of the many nutrients it possesses. Kale is loaded with powerful antioxidants in addition to stimulating some of the body’s own antioxidant and liver detox genes. The latter is accomplished by sulforaphane, which cruciferous vegetables like kale contain in large amounts. Kale may also reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Because kale provides high nutrition and low energy density, it can aid in weight loss without compromising health and wellness.

Ginger also contains phytochemicals like gingerol that has powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antioxidant effects. In addition, ginger has been shown to reduce exercise-induced soreness and pain, and decrease blood sugar levels and risk factors for cardiovascular disease (Apob/ApoA-1 ratio and cholesterol levels). Lastly, ginger also aids in digestion.

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