At breakfast or on the go, as a nutritious in-between snack or a quick energy booster during sports activities – vegetable and fruit juices, smoothies, nectars, spritzers and other fruit beverages are always a great choice.
Vitamins strengthen the immune system
As a juice producer, we know that fruit juices, such as grapfruit or orange juice, are valuable sources of vitamin C. Indispensable to many bodily functions, this vitamin protects cells against oxidative damage and strengthens the immune system, especially during and after periods of strong physical exertion. And vitamin C is also essential for healthy connective tissue.
Pantothenic acid is involved in cell energy metabolism and is known to enhance psychological resilience. The antioxidative influence of fruit juices, fruit beverages and smoothies (especially those made from red berries) is believed to slow the process of cell ageing.
Secondary plant-based ingredients strengthen the immune system
Fruit juice is an excellent source of secondary plant-based ingredients, including especially polyphenols and carotenoids. These substances strengthen the immune system in several different ways. Researchers have determined, for instance, that they act as antioxidants to combat the toxic effects of free radicals. Red grape juice as well as fruit beverages and smoothies containing “superfruits” such as cranberries are particularly rich sources of antioxidants.
Mineral ingredients boost physical performance capacity
Fruit juice and smoothies also contain minerals and trace elements, such as manganese, for example. Magnesium is essential for the maintenance of cellular metabolism, and bananas contain substantial amounts of magnesium. Another important mineral is potassium. Our bodies need this element to support muscle function and nerve-signal transmission. Oranges, apples and grapes as well as juices made from these fruits are rich in potassium.
Carbohydrates deliver natural energy and regulate the digestive system
Fruits – and thus fruit juice and fruit beverages – contain many different types of carbohydrates. These include fructose, glucose and sucrose, sugars that give fruit its sweet taste and supply the body – at differing speeds – with life-giving energy.