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If you haven’t already heard, fresh juice, which has just been pressed from raw whole foods provides the highest quality nutrition of any other juice. It beats ANY juice from ANY store by far. Why? This post describes how the concentrated nutrients benefit your body to reach optimum health and prevent disease.
To get the best health effects from juicing you’ll want to buy a juicer that will give you
- the most juice possible from your produce
- the most nutrition possible from your juice (*must be able to juice leafy greens*)
- easy cleanup
- and not break your budget
After buying your best juicer, your success will then depend in large part on HOW you juice. Juicing every day with a slightly inferior juicer is much better than juicing once a week with a great juicer!
How to Select the Best Juicer
- Juicing greens produces the healthiest juice. So any juicer you purchase should have the capability to juice leafy greens.
- It isn’t a matter of RPMs (speed, or rotations per minute). As explained later in this post, the higher the RPM, the less nutrition you’re getting our of your produce.
- There are several types of juicers ranging in price from just under $100 to well over $2000. Although the most expensive juicers are those used in cancer therapies, considering the requirements for these can help to determine the best type of juicer for you.
The best ones are used for the Gerson Therapy for cancer. And while many people shopping for juicers are just looking to bolster the strength of their immune system to prevent disease and maintain good health, let’s look at the reasons behind the Gerson Therapy juicers having such stringent requirements.
Slow Masticating Press Juicers vs High Speed Juicers
The Gerson Therapy for cancer requires a two-step juicer, with a low speed grinder and a hydraulic press. These juicers first grind the produce into a fine, moist pulp. The juice is then extracted from the pulp by a powerful hydraulic press.
In contrast, the most common and least expensive juicers are high-speed centrifugal or single auger juicers that grind and crush the food in a single step.
The problem with centrifugal juicers is that they produce friction that results in heat and oxidation, damaging fresh, live enzymes in these oxygen rich foods, reducing the nutritional value of the juice. The centrifugal action throws the pulp against a basket screen to strain the juice. Dr. Gerson said of centrifugal juicers:
“When the grinding wheel rotates against a resistance with insufficient access of air, positive electricity is produced and induces negative electricity on the surrounding wall. The exchange of positive and negative ions kills the oxidizing enzymes and renders the juice deficient.” – Dr. Max Gerson, MD
Pressing however, allows more minerals and phytochemicals to be extracted from the pulp.
The Gerson recommended juicers can render up to 25 to 50% more juice from the same amount of raw produce as other juicers, with up to 50% more nutrients.
Note that the increased nutrition of these two step juicers also lies in part with the ability to allow the pulp of the different fruits and vegetables to be mixed and then pressed together, allowing synergistic operation of the nutrients. For example, the malic acid contained in the apples allows the other vegetables to release more minerals.
According to Gerson, a worthwhile compromise for the price of a two step juicer (as indicated for their non-cancer patients) is a slow masticating press juicer, for extracting a sufficient amount of juice while preserving enzyme activity.
The juice rendered from slow press or masticating juicers is much richer in healing nutrients than juice from centrifugal juicer.
The Best Juicer for Your Money
There are many slow masticating, cold press juicers out there on the market in a wide range of prices.
These juicers generate enough torque with a low RPM grinder to crush even hard vegetables such as carrots, or fibrous vegetables such as celery. They then extract the most juice possible by pressing the fine pulp at high pressure, rather than cutting it with blades spinning at very high RPMs.
After shopping for over a year, with a very limited budget, I finally decided on the O-Breko juicer (below, left). It is a slow masticating press juicer, is easy to clean (great reviews), and was under $100 (though I would have preferred one of the others in the remaining images for the higher watt grinder and even easier clean (note that Gerson OKs the Omega for non-cancer patients):
The cleanup is very easy and quick, and a trick is to always just open the little silicon slider under the bowl so that you can clean the pulp chute, then be sure to snugly fit it back into place before your next batch.
Note that the Omega is a two step juicer. While most juicers of this type grind and press in a single step, which is against the Gerson recommendations due to their inability to grind and press the foods together.
But since the juicer I bought works best with the produce cut into around 1-2″ pieces, fine with me to save a couple of hundred bucks, I just put the different veggies mixed in together as they enter the chute!
Getting the Most from Your New Juicer
Since there is so much more to juicing once you’ve selected your juicer, I’ve written another post to tell you what to look for in your produce and how to prepare and drink the most nutritious juice!
To your continued improving good health!