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This comment is continued from Mercola.com. My comments are sometimes wordy and don’t always fit in the alloted space.

“Phytonutrition”, the nutrition from plants, is probably the most neglected nutrition in America. I have seen more health success stories from increasing phytonutrition than any other healthy lifestyle changes.

There are hundreds of phytonutrients that our bodies can use each for different purposes. Some act as antioxidants, some regulate hormones, some are used in intercellular communication, some help our bodies detox, some cause cell apotosis and can target certain cancers, the list is grand.

Many of these nutrients are “vital”. Yet they just haven’t made it to the RDI yet. Although the list of daily recommended nutrients has grown over the years it will never be complete. That is one reason why we need to get more of our nutrients from real foods like fruits and vegetables.

The color of the fruit or vegetable gives an indication of the spectrum of nutrients. Different colors tend to have different properties. You have probably heard that the darker berries have higher antioxidant values like ORAC scores. That doesn’t necessarily make them more important. Therefore if we don’t want to neglect groups of phytonutrients, we should juice or eat from the full color spectrum of fruits and vegetables; preferably more vegetables than fruits.

I disagree on a couple points, however. I think most people WILL see results in a shorter period than 3 months. I don’t think it has to do with the age of your red blood cells but rather with the levels of cellular nutrition. When you juice (or eat), some of the nutrients will be absorbed into your blood. At this point, it is only plasma nutrition. A blood test might show elevated levels of nutrients absorbed. An even smaller percent of the nutrients will be taken into the cells of the body. Most of the nutrients will be filtered from the blood and eliminated. But by keeping your blood saturated with high levels of nutrition from eating nutrient dense foods regularly, your cells eventually become properly saturated with the nutrients they need for optimal function. That is when your cells (and your body) will work at its best.

This doesn’t take away from Dr. Mercola’s point about the lifespan of the red blood cell, however. Rather it adds to it. The new (and improved) red blood cells are only part of the increase. All cells with higher levels of nutriton probably contribute to the overall sense of wellness.

Dr. Mercola’s comment about the vitamix remind me of when I tried to use mine to eat my salad faster. My usual lunch is a HUGE mixed salad. I usually have more salad than time. So one day I decided to stuff my salad into the vitamix. The result was not good. My salad turned into a nasty disgusting mess.

So if the high speed blender doesn’t do the job, what should you use? I see two viable options. There are high speed juicers and low speed juicers. The advantage of the high speed juicers is they usually extract more juice. But like the high speed blenders, they may damage nutrients. The slow speed masticating juicers mimick chewing and probably best extract the nutrients without damaging them. But you will probably get less of the nutrients out and have less volume of juice. This is not that big of a problem, however; especially if you use Dr. Mercola’s advice to then consume the fiber. Your body can then attempt to extract the remaining juice.

That’s enough from me. Now get back to the orginal article and the rest of the comments on Mercola.com.

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