Thirty Days of Juice! Day 26

Joy Juice

Makes 2 glasses

Ingredients:

  • 3 hard pears
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 1 sweet potato

Directions:

  1. Scoop seeds out of melon and slice into sections.
  2. Remove stem from rinsed pear and slice it.
  3. Rinse and slice sweet potato.
  4. Feed all ingredients into the juicer.
  5. Garnish with a wedge of melon and enjoy!

Health Tip: Drink cantaloupe juice for a great source of Vitamin A — especially if you or someone you love is a smoker or if you are frequently exposed to secondhand smoke. Making vitamin A-rich foods, such as cantaloupe, part of your healthy way of eating may save your life, suggests research conducted at Kansas State University.

While studying the relationship between vitamin A, lung inflammation, and emphysema, Richard Baybutt, associate professor of nutrition at Kansas State, made a surprising discovery: a common carcinogen in cigarette smoke, benzo(a)pyrene, induces vitamin A deficiency.

Baybutt’s earlier research had shown that animals fed a vitamin A-deficient diet developed emphysema. His latest animal studies indicate that not only does the benzo(a)pyrene in cigarette smoke cause vitamin A deficiency, but that a diet rich in vitamin A can help counter this effect, thus greatly reducing emphysema.

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