Apple, Parsley, Mint, & Cilantro Juice


January 4, 2014

This cilantro juice with apple, parsley, and mint is sweet, delicious, and fantastic for cleansing the liver and colon. This juice is a detox diva!

This cilantro juice with apple, parsley, and mint is sweet, delicious, and fantastic for cleansing the liver and colon. This juice is a detox diva!

I get a lot of emails asking about the health benefits of cilantro and how to juice cilantro. So, here is the lowdown:

The health benefits of cilantro juice:

Cilantro leaves have been prized as a medicinal agent as well as a culinary blessing since biblical and mythological times, and it’s used in a wide variety of dishes from salsas and guacamole, to curries, to beer! Yet people either love it or hate it. Findings in the human genome project revealed that we’re hard-wired for this fondness or aversion. I am a proud cilantro lover. If you’re one of the anti-fans, double the parsley and add more lemon to this juice recipe.

Cilantro is amped up with antioxidants and is a natural chelator to flush out heavy metals and other nasties from our systems. This detox diva also contains powerful anti-inflammatory agents that ease digestion, nausea, headaches and bloating, and help stabilize blood sugar levels.

Even for the die-hard lovers, cilantro easily gets overpowering in juices. A handful per serving usually does the trick. The entire plant—leaves, stems, and roots—is juice-friendly, the flavor pairing beautifully with pineapple, cucumber, lemon and lime.

The health benefits of parsley juice:

One of the most common herbs, plain old parsley offers a myriad of health benefits. It’s a brilliant blood purifier, and is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which help control blood cholesterol, prevent constipation, and protect the body from free-radical damage. Its essential volatile oils can be used as a local anesthetic and as an antiseptic for teeth and gums. Rich in polyphenolic flavonoids, parsley rates among the richest plant sources of antioxidants. It is also a good source of potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium, and vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, and folates.

As a warming herb, parsley’s perfect for moderating cooling foods, especially in the colder months. I use the flat-leaf variety, as it has a more intense flavor than its curly-leaf restaurant-garnish cousin, with less bitterness.

Light as a feather, parsley will throw its weight around in a juice, delivering that aromatic and pungent “clean” taste. In the right amounts, it combines well with leafy greens, sweet fruits like pineapple and mango, as well as apples, lemons, and limes. A handful juices easily, stems and all.

The health benefits of mint juice:

Mighty mint delivers potassium, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium, beta- carotene, and vitamins A, C, E and K. The leaves also contain B-complex, including folates, riboflavin and pyridoxine (B6). Mint is one of the oldest remedies in use for indigestion and flatulence, and can help bring down cholesterol and high blood pressure. It’s a natural topical anesthetic for the mouth. Through the action of menthol on cold receptors in our skin and mucous membranes, the herb delivers a cool sensation when eaten, inhaled or applied.

Compounds in peppermint, specifically, relax the intestinal wall and sphincter muscles, and work as an anti- spasmodic agent in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other colic pain disorders. With these additional properties, peppermint is a great cleanse go- to.

Though a cooling herb, mint brings a bright, warm accent to cold weather juices, and offers a clean taste. That flavor pairs especially well with mild leafy greens, apple, melon, lemon, and pineapple. Juice the entire stalk, stem and leaves.

The health benefits of apple juice:

Apple juice has extraordinary nutrition and cleansing powers. Tasty, able to break down toxins, lower cholesterol, and enhance digestion, this fruit is a popular, versatile, and cost-effective go-to for juices. With phytonutrients, powerful antioxidants like quercetin, vitamin A (in the peel), vitamin C, and significant potassium, apple is a prime detox food that’s available year round.

The high pectin content in this fabulous fruit makes it a great bowel regulator, able to slow the colon down or speed it up, as the body needs for detox. Apple is a cooling food, and so I include it in juices to balance the bitterness of leafy greens and other vegetables.

The sweet tang of apple blends with almost all fruits and vegetables; our preferred variety is Granny Smith, which has a tarter flavor and lower sugar content than common reds like Fuji, Delicious, and Honeycrisp.

That said, this fruit is versatile, and our recipes will work with any apple you have on hand. I recommend coring apples before juicing, as the jury is still out as to whether the bit of cyanide occurring naturally in the seeds is detrimental to health.

The health benefits of lemon juice:

This alkaline-forming superstar is a potent detoxifier and natural antibiotic that improve liver function, relieve constipation, help dissolve kidney and gall stones and kill certain intestinal parasites. The high levels of vitamin C in lemons help boost immunity and alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as thwart the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease.

Lemons also provide ample calcium and magnesium for strong bones and teeth, along with unique compounds that have powerful antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.

I use lemons in s lot of juice blends to lift the earthy and pungent quality of leafy greens and vegetables, add zip and tang, and balance the acidifying impacts of high-sugar fruits.

Always remove the rind before juicing, as in substantial quantities lemon rind can be slightly toxic.

If you want to lower the natural sugar content of this juice, just use one apple and increase the lemon.

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Apple, Parsley, Mint, & Cilantro Juice

This cilantro juice with apple, parsley, and mint is sweet, delicious, and fantastic for cleansing the liver and colon. This juice is a detox diva! 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 16-ounce glass
Author Tess Masters

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 bunch mint
  • 2 green apples
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) filtered water

Instructions

  1. Put the ingredients through your juicer by adding some herbs and alternating with some pieces of apple and water (to get the most juice out of the herbs) and then drink pulped or strain with a fine mesh sieve.

Recipe Notes

Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak

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