This small and unassuming little vegetable, Jalapeño, packs a powerful punch due to its ‘capsaicin’ content. A member of the chili pepper family, it is quite possibly the earliest cultivated veggie from Central America, dating back as far as 9500 years! From ancient Mexico, it made its way south and north, and finally, during the seventeenth century westward with explorers to Europe and Asia, where it has flourished ever since.
The jalapeño was considered a status symbol among the rich of the Americas, Jalapeno Juicesince other spices were in short supply and so expensive. Medicinal uses ranged from an inducement for sweating to its intense purgative effects. Jalapeño smoke was also employed as a fumigant. Jalapeño also played an important part in the rites and superstitions of both South America and Asia, where a bunch of them tied together and waved over one’s head or hung over an entrance was – and to this day is still — believed to ward off evil. Interestingly, this simple little pepper was the first of its kind to enter outer space, on a NASA shuttle!
Jalapeño juice provides great help with weight loss efforts, and not only fights cancer but may also destroy cancer cells.
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Low in calories, cholesterol, sodium and fats, jalapeño juice is abundant in powerful antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, amino acids and protein. The phytochemical ‘capsaicin’ is the cancer fighter.
Jalapeños are a great dieting tool helping to lower appetite and enhancing the fat-burning process. Their heat also relieves congestion. Jalapeño juice also aids in maintaining healthy lungs and heart.
Jalapeños are rich in vitamins A, B-complex (1, 3, 5, 6, and 9), C, E and K. These are powerful antioxidants which are extremely important for healthy vision, fighting bacterial growth, inhibiting viruses, strengthening the immune system and protecting against stroke. They also assist in healing wounds, lowering ‘bad’ cholesterol, fighting aging, encouraging healthy hair and skin, protecting against nerve damage, assisting in digestion and muscle development, strengthening the heart, producing hormones linked to lowering stress, and enhancing sexual performance. This veggie is truly a powerhouse of nutritional benefits!
Minerals in jalapeños include calcium, copper, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. These minerals are essential for maintaining strong bones, teeth, muscles and nerves. They also boost the immune system, keep our skin healthy and strengthen our vision.
Protein and amino acids are all necessary for energy and muscle development. This vegetable source of protein is especially important for vegetarian and vegan diets.
The natural fiber in jalapeño is essential for healthy digestion, and helps with Jalepeno Smoothieweight loss efforts by creating a feeling of ‘fullness.’
Ongoing studies indicate that jalapeño juice may prevent prostate cancer and actually destroy prostate cancer cells already present.
Jalapeño Juice & Smoothie Recipes
The first one is my favorite juicing recipe of all time which is saying a great deal, because I’m not a jalepeño fan! This was shared with me by Priscilla Kane Hellweg, a juicing expert and friend. Thank you Priscilla!
Priscilla’s Jalapeño Apple Kale Juice
4 Apples – skin, seeds, and all!
5 leaves Kale
2 stalks Celery
1 Lemon or Lime – rind, seeds, and all!
A chunk of Jalapeño – size to your taste!
Jalapeño Carrot Orange
5 Carrots – don’t peel them!
1 Beet – likewise leave the skin!
2 Oranges – without the rind (too bitter!)
Chunk of Ginger
Chunk of Jalapeño
More delicious and powerful recipes can be found in Juicing & Smoothie Recipes That Heal! available here in the box on the right and for Kindle, Nook and iPad users at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks.