Thanks to the phytochemical anthocyans, Swiss chard is effective in preventing cancers of the digestive tract.
Swiss chard is another example of a plant that has a long history of being revered for its nutritional and medicinal qualities. Both the ancient Greeks and Romans honored these deep green leaves, using the juice as a decongestant. They also believed that the leaves could act as an antacid and a laxative.
Swiss chard is not indigenous to Switzerland, but is named after the Swiss botanist, Koch, who first gave it its scientific name.
The Healing Powers and Health Benefits of Swiss Chard Juice
Maintains Good Bone Density
Protect Kidneys of diabetics
Protection From colon Cancer
Swiss Chard Juice Nutrition
As with many dark greens, Swiss chard is a highly nutrient-dense food. A meager 19 calories (three cups) contains 122% of your daily need of vitamin A, 50% of vitamin C, and 10% of iron. Swiss chard is also very high in Vitamin E, K, B6, riboflavin, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese and fiber when eaten. It’s a good source of zinc, folate and thiamin.
Swiss Chard Juice is an excellent source of:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A (beta-carotene)
- Vitamin K
- Fibre (when eaten)
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin E
Swiss Chard Juice is a good source of:
Phytochemicals & Antioxidants in Swiss Chard Juice
Thanks to the phytochemical anthocyans, Swiss chard is effective in preventing cancers of the digestive tract. A number of studies done with animals have shown that precancerous lesions are significantly reduced after a diet of Swiss chard extract. Other research is revealing that there may be protection from damage of the kidneys of diabetics.
Swiss chard is a rich source of vitamin K, which is vital for maintaining bone density. Add a bunch to your juice and get a great injection of vitamin A or beta-carotene, both of which have been shown to reduce the risk of cataracts by as much as 39 percent.
Preparing for Juicing
Rinse off well. If soiled, then fill sink with water and swish under the water. Push leaves and stems through the hopper with a carrot or apple, and watch the nutrient-green juice pour out.
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Swiss Chard Juice Tips
As with many greens, the smaller and tenderer leaves of Swiss chard will be less bitter and can have almost a sweet nutty taste.
Picking Perfect Produce
Swiss chard should be sold chilled to ensure freshness and a sweeter taste. Look for bright green color with no brown/yellow spots or wilting.
Storing Your Produce
Swiss chard will keep in the crisper in a perforated plastic bag for three or four days.
Swiss chard can be added to your favorite veggie juice combination.