Dr Ann Wigmore
_Ask juice experts and smoothie experts this question and they
will extol the virtues of their bias in a convincing fashion, enough
that you begin to go down either pathway with confidence. However, is one method better than the other? The main pro-juice argument is that the absence of fibre provides easy assimilation of
concentrated nutrients straight into the bloodstream with little
digestion required. The other side of this debate is that the presence
of fibre in smoothies is the unique selling point.
The late Dr. Ann Wigmore, a nutritional pioneer, advocated a diet that was 70 percent blended smoothies and 30 percent other living foods. She lived an extremely healthy and fit life, and reportedly had no grey hair. Best-selling author Steve Meyerowitz, “the sprout man.” teaches that consuming fresh juices conserves the body’s digestive energy, so more energy can be spent on healing. Interestingly Ann Wigmore said the very same thing. They both speak of pre-digestion and the provision of a high level of nutrition from their preferred drink.
_Chia seeds originate from the ancient Aztecs, where they were so revered they were used as currency.
Chia have the highest known plant source of omega 3 fats which are known as essential fatty acids (EFAs), meaning we need them to be supplied by our food. EFAs are essential for our nervous system and brain, our cardiovascular system, skin and also our joints. Chia has 8 x the omega 3 that salmon has.
Unlike flax/linseeds and fish which also contain these fats, chia is very stable due to its high antioxidant value. Ground flax seeds and flax oil must be kept strictly refrigerated and used very quickly (in 1-2 weeks) or it goes rancid. Chia has 4 x the antioxidant strength of blueberries and the black chia seeds will have more antioxidants than the white.