Juice cleansing is big business these days with a whole host of companies offering to deliver fresh juices to your door (or even your office!) daily. This is a great way to kick start a healthy diet and increase your intake of healthy fresh fruits and vegetables but in the long-run a home-based juicing regime is significantly more cost-effective. This means that you're more likely to stick with it and to really start seeing benefits in terms of energy, healthy skin, and enhanced brain function. So how can you get all the benefits of a superfood juice diet at home and what should you be looking for in a good juice supplement? Healthy Juice Ingredients Ideally, a good juice will help support optimal function in the organs of detoxification (i.e. the liver, kidneys, lungs and skin). It will provide much needed hydration in addition to electrolytes, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre. The latter is especially important as a juice lacking in fibre can cause blood sugar spikes that actually increase physiological stress and that's not what we want when trying to help the body to detoxify. Why Juice Anyway? Healthy juice cleanses can be great for those who have become stuck in a rut where their diet consists largely of processed foods that are high in sodium, saturated fats and simple carbohydrates and low in fibre, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that contribute to good health. Feelings of sluggishness, constipation, cloudy thinking, unhealthy weight gain and poor immune health are all linked to such a diet so if this sounds familiar it may be time to use a juice cleanse to reinvigorate a healthy outlook on life. Making Juicing Easy A basic juice can feature carrot and beetroot, banana and apple, or pineapple and ginger, but for some people it may be hard to track these fresh fruits down daily and it can also be time-consuming to manually juice all your ingredients every morning. There's no need to give up on the whole idea of juicing though as there are handy premade formulas like the Superfruit Complex which offer a plethora of vitamins and minerals as well as fibre and phytonutrients to support good health. The Benefits of Baobab Fruit The Superfruit Complex features baobab fruit, one of the best available sources of vitamin C. This has earned it the nickname of the 'anti-wrinkle fruit' as vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen and, therefore, the health of the skin as well as the joints and connective tissues. The antioxidant capacity of baobab fruit is incredibly high and these fruit also contain triterpenoids, beta-sitosterol, beta-amyrin palmitate and ursolic acid which appear to have a hepatoprotective effect (i.e. they help protect the liver). Baobab fruit have even been found to help with blood glucose control and to inhibit inflammation (Coe et al., 2013; Ayele et al., 2013). Fresh Organic Superfoods for Your Daily Juice The natural wholefoods in these convenient freeze-dried fruit powders contain vitamin C, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and plant-based antioxidants like anthocyanidins, contain little sodium, saturated fat and no trans fats, and none of the pro-inflammatory animal-derived foods that feature heavily in an average Western-style diet. The Superfruit Complex is free from added sugar, dairy, lactose, gluten, wheat, artificial additives, preservatives, colours or genetically modified organisms and all of the fruits making up the complex are organically grown. Embarking on a juice cleanse and then continuing with a daily superfood juice regime can quickly help restore good energy and vitality. This means that it is easier to acknowledge the negative effects of our food choices on our health. When we're stuck in the same unhealthy dietary patterns it can become normal to feel tired and irritable but choosing to eat healthily can shake us out of that mindset and let us appreciate anew the benefits of good food for good health. References Al-Qarawi, A., et al., (2003). Hepatoprotective Influence of Adansonia digitata Pulp. Journal of Herbs, Spices & Medicinal Plants, 10, 3. Ayele, Y., et al., (2013). A Methanol Extract of Adansonia digitata L. Leaves Inhibits Pro-Inflammatory iNOS Possibly via the Inhibition of NF-kappa-B Activation. Biomol Ther (Seoul), Mar;21(2):146-52. Coe, S.A., et al., (2013). The polyphenol-rich baobab fruit (Adansonia digitata L.) reduces starch digestion and glycemic response in humans. Nutr Res, Nov;33(11):888-96.