(Part Two Below)
the science of health
At BREAK Juicery, we're dedicated to your well being. That means we are always looking for the latest medical and scientific breakthroughs in nutrition, diet and health services. If we can squeeze the juice out of it or blend the fruit into it, we will do so, but only under one strict rule: NO HYPE!
There has been far too much of that already since the juice and smoothie industry turned into a multi-billion dollar one. This resource will be dedicated to bringing you the latest information from the very best sources in their respective fields. We will update this often, so be sure to bookmark it and we will keep you updated via our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts as well.
And if you have an article or study you feel we should include here, by all means send us the link. This is our space to explore the science of health!
Comparison of the Effects of Blending and Juicing on Phytochemicals
"Fruit juice is reported to be an excellent health-promoting beverage that is rich in antioxidant substances, such as phenolic compounds and vitamin C (1,2). For instance, consumption of fruit juice is associated with several health benefits, including increased antioxidant capacity (1), improved endothelial function (2), reduced low-density lipoprotein oxidation (3), and improved cardiovascular and neurocognitive function (4). Fruit is an important source of phytochemicals. Phytochemicals, which are also known as nutraceuticals or functional compounds, are secondary plant metabolites recognized for their antioxidant activities and other properties (5). Previous studies suggest that plant phytochemicals have anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-microbial properties (5,6). Thus, optimum dietary intake of these phytochemicals is essential for maintaining ideal health."
Brain in your gut
"If you’ve ever 'gone with your gut' to make a decision or felt 'butterflies in your stomach' when nervous, you’re likely getting signals from an unexpected source: your second brain. Hidden in the walls of the digestive system, this 'brain in your gut' is revolutionizing medicine’s understanding of the links between digestion, mood, health and even the way you think.
“'Its main role is controlling digestion, from swallowing to the release of enzymes that break down food to the control of blood flow that helps with nutrient absorption to elimination,' explains Jay Pasricha, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Neurogastroenterology, whose research on the enteric nervous system has garnered international attention. 'The enteric nervous system doesn’t seem capable of thought as we know it, but it communicates back and forth with our big brain—with profound results.'”
we know fresh is better. now find out why
"For a fast growing category of premium juice products such as cold‐pressed juices, minimal‐processing nonthermal techniques such as ultraviolet (UV) light and high‐pressure processing (HPP) are expected to be used to extend shelf‐life while retaining physicochemical, nutritional, and sensory characteristics with reduced microbial loads. Also, UV light and HPP are approved by regulatory agencies and recognized as one of the simplest and very environmentally friendly ways to destroy pathogenic organisms. One of the limitations to their more extensive commercial application lies in the lack of comparative effects on nutritional and quality‐related compounds in juice products. This review provides a comparative analysis using 92 studies (UV light: 42, HPP: 50) mostly published between 2004 and 2015 to evaluate the effects of reported UV light and HPP processing conditions on the residual content or activity of bioactive compounds such as vitamins, polyphenols, antioxidants, and oxidative enzymes in 45 different fresh fruit and vegetable juices (low‐acid, acid, and high‐acid categories)."
know your micronutrients
"The Linus Pauling Institute's Micronutrient Information Center is a source for scientifically accurate information regarding the roles of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals (plant chemicals that may affect health), and other dietary factors, including some food and beverages, in preventing disease and promoting health. All of the nutrients and dietary factors included in the Micronutrient Information Center may be obtained from the diet, but many are also available as dietary supplements."