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Juicing for Hormones

By Sylvie Tremblay

Juicing fruits and vegetables packs multiple cups of produce into a single glass, making it an easy way to get more nutrients. While you can make juice blends rich in hormone-friendly nutrients, however, juicing isn't an alternative to medical treatment or a cure-all for hormonal issues. If you suspect you may have a hormonal imbalance, talk to your doctor.

Juices High in Vitamin A

Making custom juice blends from veggies high in vitamin A can support the function of certain hormones. Your body converts the vitamin A in your diet into active vitamin A metabolites, including retinoic acid, a hormone that controls gene activity. Hormonal control over gene activity is important because the right hormones can turn on genes required for healthy cell growth and function. Vitamin A also interacts with other hormones, like estrogen and thyroid hormones, and might affect their activity.

Juice with red, yellow and orange produce -- like oranges, mangoes, red peppers and carrots -- plus leafy greens like kale to boost your vitamin A intake.

B-6-Rich Juice

Juice blends that contain vitamin B-6 also promote healthy hormone function. Hormones rely on specialized proteins, called receptors, to work properly. Once a hormone binds to its receptor, it sends a signal to your cells to influences their behavior, which is how hormones affect your health. Vitamin B-6 helps hormone receptors function properly so that your cells are able to respond to hormones properly. Juice with spinach, bananas and avocados to boost your B-6 intake.

Juice Rich in Pantothenic Acid

You'll also support hormonal health by drinking juices high in pantothenic acid, or vitamin B-5. The vitamin B-5 from your diet helps you make sex hormones -- the hormone family that includes progesterone, estrogen and testosterone -- as well as stress hormones. Include tomatoes, kale and avocado in your juice blends as sources of vitamin B-5. You'll get the most B-5 if you juice with fresh produce because food processing destroys your food's natural B-5 content.

Sample Blends and Considerations

Make custom blends rich in vitamins A, B-5 and B-6 to support hormone function. Try a tropical blend of mango, banana, avocado and spinach, or a more savory beverage made with fresh tomato, carrot, spinach and kale.

Even though juice offers nutritional value, you should still practice moderation. As of July 2015, there are no intake recommendations for vegetable juice, but the Harvard School of Public Health reports that you should cap your fruit juice intake to 4 ounces daily. Most of your produce should still come from whole or cut-up fruits and veggies.

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