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Fruity fix for all vitamin woes

health and fitness Updated: Dec 08, 2012 15:20 IST
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Given our busy lifestyles, long working hours and packed schedules, it goes without saying that breakfast takes a backseat. The all important morning meal does not stand a chance against other concerns like what to wear for office, getting the kids to school and the craving to get out of home early and beat the morning rush hour. Even worse, some may skip breakfast as they are following a flawed weight-loss programme. What usually follows the habit of breakfast- skipping, are several glugs of coffee, hunger pangs and a greasy unhygienic and non-nutritious sandwich.

But, breakfast can easily be incorporated into anyone's lifestyle and can aid in a sensible weight-loss regimen. The habit of missing breakfast can easily be turned around with a bowl of cereal, some fruits and, a glass of milk. A great alternative is to have fruit and vegetable juices that are now available in safe and hygienic packages. Refreshing, invigorating and bursting with nutrients, juices retain most of the goodness of whole fruits/vegetables and provides a concentrated boost of benefits. Processed using UHT (Ultra-High Temperature) technology and then packaged in protective sterile cartons. The packaging material shields the nutritive value of the juice from contamination as well as from harmful exposure to the sun without the need for preservatives. These vitamin and mineral cocktails give your body a flavoursome jump start to the day and your metabolism.

Orange Juice
This revitalising juice contains flavanoids and vitamin C, which work together to boost immunity. In addition to Thiamine and Folate vitamins, a glass full of orange juice can provide up to 150 per cent of the vitamin C an adult female would need in a day.

Pineapple Juice

Pineapple juice, high in vitamin C, also aids digestion, heals minor injuries, particularly sprains, strains, muscle injuries and reduces sinusitis. Some studies suggest bromelain found in pineapple juice helps to reduce symptoms of angina, asthma and bronchitis

Mango Juice

Mango juice is a good source of vitamins A, C and E which help the body fight disease-causing free radicals. A glass full of mango juice not only provides 16 per cent of the amount of iron adult women need in a day but also helps fight ageing.

Pomegranate Juice

This nutrient-rich fruit is loaded with an ample amount of antioxidants. Pomegranate juice is a good source of Vitamin C, Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Folate, Potassium and Vitamin K.

Guava Juice

Guava juice is believed to have properties that reduce blood cholesterol levels, stabilise blood fluidity and prevent clotting. The amount of vitamin C in one guava is equal to that in five oranges. Due to its strong astringent properties, guava juice cures cough and cold, disinfects the throat, lungs and the respiratory tract, decreases mucus and holds back microbial activity.

Today, the benefits of breakfast clearly outweigh the reasons why people choose to miss such an important meal. Hygienically packaged and nutrient-rich juices can at least ensure your dose of energy for the day.

(Inputs by Venu Adhiya Hirani, Nutritionist and Fitness Consultant)