Raw Earth Medicine: Spicy V8 Juice Recipe
4 cups Tomato or 2 Large Tomatoes
Handful of Spinach
This nutrient packed juice is spicy, delicious and nutritious. If you're looking for a homemade V8 to drink your veggies or to make your Sunday Bloody Mary a little healthier, this juice is for you!
1. Weight loss:
Peppers contain a chemical known as capsaicin, which is actually what gives peppers their hot properties. Capsaicin is also good for helping you lose weight, and is commonly found in many weight loss pills and supplements. It literally burns away calories and fat. So that hot feeling you get from eating peppers is also burning away the pounds.
Capsaicin found in the peppers along with Bioflavonoids, which are concentrated in the tomato skin, counteract inflammation and allergic reactions. The main compounds in tomato skin are quercetin and kaempferol. The high water content added from the spinach helps to make this juice act as an anti-inflammatory, which makes it great for reducing swelling and pain in those who suffer from arthritis.
3. Cancer Prevention:
Tomatoes and Carrots both contain beta-carotene, an orange pigment, that's an important antioxidant which protects against damage from sunlight. Your body also converts beta-carotene into vitamin A. Both Carrots and tomatoes protect against oxidative stresses that can cause cancer. A tomato has lycopene, a red pigment, with demonstrated anti-cancer effects, as well as containing phytoene and phytofluene, two anti-cancer compounds. A study by British scientists at the University of Nottingham and another study by the American Association of Cancer Research reports that the capsaicin found in peppers actually is able to kill some cancer cells, specifically prostate cancer cells. Increased intake of carotenoids in carrot juice has been said to decrease instances of bladder, prostate, colon and breast cancer
4. Heart Health:
Spinach is a heart healthy food. It’s an outstanding source of vitamins C and A which are antioxidants that help reduce free radical amounts in the body. The antioxidants work to keep cholesterol from oxidizing. In addition, folate is good for a healthy cardiovascular system, as well as magnesium, a mineral that helps to lower high blood pressure. The high levels of vitamins and minerals found in Spinach, Peppers, Carrots and Tomatoes work together in this juice to completely support heart and cardiovascular health. Numerous studies have shown that in countries where peppers are common in the diet, the citizens there have fewer heart attacks. Some studies have also shown that peppers inhibit the buildup of fibrin in the body, and fibrin is a major ingredient for blood clots to form.
The capsaicin in peppers is also known to block the neuropeptide known as Substance P, which is a main pain transmitter to the brain. What this means is that peppers can actually help to ease pain. So get some jalapenos if you are having headaches, and let those pains go away.
6. Nasal Congestion:
The heat in peppers, caused by capsaicin, clears the sinuses. It even helps to fight sinus infections by cleansing the airways. You can breath easier with the help of jalapeno peppers.
Peppers kill bad bacteria in the stomach and intestines, and often this bacteria is what leads to stomach ulcers.
8. High Blood Pressure:
Jalapeños, Carrots and tomatoes have lots of flavinoids, Vitamin C and Vitamin A which are good for lowering one’s blood pressure.
9. Anti-Oxidant Properties
The flavonoids and vitamins found injalapeño peppers, carrots, spinach and tomatoes are excellent anti-oxidants, which means they work within the bloodstream to help the body fight off and heal from damaging cells.
10. Prenatal Health:
Since vitamin A helps in cell growth it is especially beneficial in fetal growth. When taken during the last 3 months of pregnancy, it reduces the chance of infection in the child
If you're having trouble swallowing all the veggies you need in order to feed your body. This juice has all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals your body needs to properly defend against ailments and protect against disease. The anti inflammatory properties along with the health benefits of this juice should make it a go to juice to support your health. It can provide you with your daily minimum of vitamins, nutrients and minerals and start you on the path to complete optimum wellness.