Juice your way to better mental health

Overview

Published: 10/24/2011

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Juice bars have become as common as the local coffee bar.  As people have become more engaged in their health, juicing has been added as an essential part of their diet. 

Besides the obvious of providing natural nutrients and vitamins needed for cell renewal and over all body health; juicing is also a great benefit for mental health.  Yes,mental health!  That green concoction is keeping you sane.
 
The nutrients in juice can help alleviate serious conditions that are associated with stress, such as panic attacks, migraine headaches, and tinnitus, or ringing in the ears.
 
The following nutrients found in the ingredients used for juicing help in assisting these conditions:
 
• Omega-3s. Important for brain function, they also have anti-inflammatory and nerve-protecting actions.

• Ginger. It has an anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory effect and inhibits blood vessels from swelling at the   onset of a headache and nerves, instantly relieving nerves of pressure.

• Vitamin B2/riboflavin. Some studies show they reduce the frequency of migraines, though not their duration or severity.

• Magnesium. It helps relax blood vessels and maintain normal nerve function. It is found in wheat germ, beans, soy products and dark green leafy vegetables.

•Caffeine. It may relieve migraines by constricting blood vessels in your head. Migraines are caused in part by blood vessels that dilate and trigger pain in nerves located in blood vessel walls.
 
The natural sugars in juice handle lethargy and help maintain steady blood sugar levels, which can prevent fluctuating highs, lows, and sugar crashes, while the essential fatty acids in produce may also play a role in alleviating depression.

Juicing makes it easy and convenient to consume a diet that is low in fat and sugars and high in fiber. In addition, the carbohydrates found in produce and juice help increase serotonin levels in the brain, producing a feeling of calm.