The Top 10 Fruit Juices are well known for their many health benefits...but not all juices are created equal!
So, which are the best?
LiveGood wanted to find out, and through our research, we have come up with this list of the Top 10 Fruit Juices, taking into account the antioxidant levels of each juice.
Antioxidants voluntarily bond with molecules of oxygen, preventing them from attaching themselves to any other substance in the body, and this action helps to keep us healthy. They can also help lower inflammation and stop the build-up of free radicals, which in turn helps to prevent cancer and heart disease.
Other antioxidants called flavonoids and phenolic acids may help to cut fatty build-up in fat cells, meaning they can help to promote weight loss, especially if you're using fruit juice to replace sugary, fizzy drinks.
Fruits with a vivid color, like most berries, tend to be high in antioxidants, so it's no surprise berry juices landed in a fair percentage of the Top 10 Fruit Juices in our list.
Although the top 10 fruit juices listed here have high levels of antioxidants, it doesn't mean you should consume too much. All fruit juices contain sugar and calories. A lot of juices boast of having no added sugar, but the fruits still contain naturally occuring sugars and these should still only be consumed in moderation.
Pomegranate would have to be the healthiest juice you can drink, due to it containing almost every type of antioxidant, along with the highest levels of each. It is also linked to protecting against certain types of cancer and can help to keep your heart healthy.
Concord Grapes are another great source of very powerful antioxidants and are a great source of fibre. There is also research that suggests they can help keep your heart healthy and contribute in reducing blood pressure so this is well worthy of a place on this top 10 fruit juices list.
Blueberries are another type of fruit that contain a lot of antioxidants. They also hold lots of fiber and are a great source of Vitamin C. The antioxidants found in blueberries can help to lower inflammation, which indicates that they may have a positive effect on age-related declines in cognitive abilities.
Black cherries contain...yep, you guessed it, antioxidants! Once again, a high amount are found in black cherry juice. Along with this benefit however, there has also been research that has suggested that they can help to reduce muscle injuries caused by exercising, which would of course be of great benefit to those of us who exercise regularly.
Acai berries are yet another source of powerful antioxidants. There are some reports that say this berry could be the greatest but more research will need to be done on this relatively newly discovered "superfood". Other research also links Acai berries to increased cancer protection.
Cranberries are, like the rest of these fruit juices, very high in antioxidants. They are also another good source of Vitamin C. A slightly more unique benefit of cranberries however, is that they've been shown to help slow the build-up of bacteria in the bladder, which can help to protect against urinary tract infections.
Orange Juice is the most widely consumed fruit juice, and for good reason. It's another juice with high levels of antioxidants and as everybody knows, is packed full of Vitamin C, which is good for your ligaments, tendons, skin, blood vessels and bones. Good old OJ also contains 500mg of potassium in every glass, which helps to maintain your body's water and acid balance.
The benefits of Apple Juice are only now beginning to be fully understood. Recent studies show a glass a day can help heart health due to a high concentration of phytonutrients, which slow the break down of "bad" LDL cholesterol. Apple Juice is also high in fiber and Vitamin C. When buying Apple Juice it's best to go for the cloudiest you can find.
Tomato Juice contains phytonutrients including lycopene, beta-carotene, Vitamin E and more. In addition to reducing inflammation, regular consumption of Tomato Juice has been linked to helping to lower blood pressure, and it may even bolster immune function.
Carrot Juice has one of the highest concentrations of vitamin A of any food, which can help strengthen defective eyesight. It's a good source of B vitamins and contains minerals including calcium, chlorine, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and sulphur.