Juicing Recipes for Vitamin B9
Vitamin B9 is an essential nutrient also known as folate or folic acid. Folate is only found naturally in food while folic acid is a synthesized form of vitamin B9 and is only available as a supplement. The word folate is actually derived from the Latin word folium which means ‘leaf’ because folate is found abundantly in green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin B9 is involved in a variety of important functions in the body. It is needed for the creation and the repair of DNA and therefore also needed in periods of rapid cell division such as the development of a child both in and out of the womb. For this reason a deficiency in vitamin B9 can lead to birth defects such as neural tube defects. Adequate daily intake of vitamin B9 is all the more important for pregnant women.
An adequate amount of vitamin B9 in the diet has also been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease in some studies. Vitamin B9 is needed to metabolize homo-cysteine (a chemical found in the blood that can lead to heat attacks and stroke in high levels) and reduce its levels in the blood stream. Vitamin B9 is also needed for the creation of red blood cells in children and adults, anemia can result from a deficiency.
The recommended daily dose for adults is 400mcg, pregnant women 600mcg, lactating women 500mcg and children 150-300mcg.
Best Fruits and Vegetables to Juice for Vitamin B9 – Folate
Data Courtesy of USDA Food and Nutrition Center
Folate/Vitamin B9 Juicer Recipes –
Vitamin B9/Folate Juicer Recipe #1 – Guava Goodness
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3 cups of guava (any color)
Directions: Choose ripe pink guava for the most juice yield. Only put the flesh of guava in your juice extractor.
Vitamin B9/Folate Juicer Recipe #2 -The Berry Blast
2 cups of strawberries
2 cups of blueberries
1 and a 1/2 cup of raspberries
Wash thoroughly and juice. This berry juice is loaded with antioxidants.
Vitamin B9/Folate Juicer Recipe #3 – Leafy Greens Juice
1 handful of spinach
1 handful of kale
2 apples (to sweeten)
Directions: If the apples are organic they can be juiced whole to take advantage of the dense concentration of antioxidants in the peel, otherwise it is better to peel them to cut down on the amount of pesticides that make it into the juice. The kale and spinach will just need a good rinse before juicing.
To your health