History of Juicing
The Dead Sea Scrolls make reference to the mashing of pomegranate and figs for ‘profound strength and subtle form’, which was practiced from before 150 BC. This may be perhaps one of the first records of people attempting to separate juices from fruits and vegetables for their health giving benefits. Throughout time, herbalists and health practitioners would grind fresh herbs and soft fruits in order to give their health giving properties to those around them.
The first recognisable juicing machine was invented in the 1930s by Dr. Norman Walker, shortly after Dr Max Gerson proposed that diet could be used to treat cancer and other chronic diseases. Around the mid 1950s the Champion machine, the first masticating juicer was invented, but this machine would heat up the juice and destroy the live enzymes and other nutrients. In 1993 the Greenpower juicer was invented, world’s first twin-gear juice extractor. This used a pestle and mortar method that allowed the living enzymes and nutrients to be extracted without exposing them to heat. Today there are many different types of juicing machines available on the market. The most popular being centrifugal or cold press juicers. It’s important to note that unlike cold press juicers, centrifugal juicers can’t be used to juice nuts or leafy greens.
As we can see, there is a long history to juicing, the methods of extracting and the benefits of drinking juice. Not only does juicing allow nutrients to be absorbed more easily, it also allows you to consume a wider range of fruits and vegetables. Juices also feed good bacteria in the gut and help lower cholesterol too, as well as helping to prevent cancer and other chronic diseases. It is also well recognised that juices help detoxify the body and are good for the skin.