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The Truth About Juicing & Which Juicer is Best

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Juicing is the best way to quickly extract massive amounts of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients from fruits vegetables and get them into your body. Which is why I drank 8 glasses of veggie juice (mostly carrot) every day for several years as part of my anti-cancer diet. Some natural survivors I know only drank 5 carrot juices per day (like Ann Cameron and Ralph Cole). Cancer patients on the Gerson Therapy drink 12-13 juices per day. So what’s the takeaway? Drink lots of fresh juice! Even just 1-2 glasses per day will do you good, but 40 oz of carrot juice per day is the generally accepted minimum effective dose for cancer patients.

There are a lot of opinions out there about juicing, and every juicer manufacturer wants to convince you that their particular juicer produces “the best tasting, highest quality, most nutritious juice…”

What started out as a simple message about juicing for health has in recent years evolved into a strict set of “juicing rules” that people are obsessing about. So much so, that some people stop juicing (or never start) because they’ve been told that any juicer other than the $2,400 Norwalk Juicer is inadequate, and won’t produce nutritious juice. This is absurd.

So before I get into comparing specific juicer models, I want to address a few popular misconceptions about juicing:

“Juice must be consumed immediately or it loses all its nutritional value”
I made a big 64 oz batch of juice every morning and drank it throughout the day for two years as part of my anti-cancer routine. The only juice I drank “fresh” was the first juice of the day. And I know lots of people who have healed cancer that also made juice in batches like this. So the empirical and anecdotal evidence says, “No.”
But most importantly, there is scientific research that backs this up. Enzyme activity is one of the best ways to measure nutritional degradation in juice over time. And as it turns out, the enzyme activity in juice from many different types of juicing machines actually remains very high for several days after juicing.

Tip: Organic carrots were found to have twice the amylase enzyme activity as conventional carrots. Another reason why organic produce is best, if you can get it.

“High-speed juicing creates heat that destroys the nutrients in juice”
Also not true. High speed juicers do not get hot enough to “cook” the juice. Enzyme activity has been found to be very high in juices from all different types of juicing machines, but some are a little higher than others. I used a high speed masticating juicer and I know lots of natural survivors who used high-speed and centrifugal juicers. Centrifugal juicers do tend to oxidize the juice a bit more, but this really only affects how long the juice will keep. If you are drinking it the same day it really doesn’t matter.

Tip: If you are storing juice to drink later in the day, the best practice is to use air tight glass bottles or mason jars, leaving as little air as possible at the top, and keep it in the fridge.

I’m sure some natural health enthusiasts will be shocked by these claims, but before you attack the keyboard to argue with me, see this analysis of many popular juicers conducted by Michael Donaldson PhD at the Hallelujah Acres Foundation.

“Can you make juice with a Vitamix, Blendtec, Nutribullet, etc.”
No. When you squeeze an orange, you extract the juice from the pulp. Blenders do not do that. Blenders make smoothies. Smoothies are sometimes referred to as blended juice or blenderized juice, but it’s definitely not the same thing. Extracted juice goes right into your bloodstream and requires very little digestive energy, and you can consume a lot of it, which is why it is beneficial for cancer patients.

“What about store bought juice?”
It’s not fresh and has usually been pasteurized, which does destroy nutrients, and it may be oxidized as well. So it’s really not an acceptable substitute. If you are buying fresh unpasteurized juice from a local smoothie bar made within a day or so, that’s fine.

“Chris what juicer do you recommend? What is the best juicer?”
Here’s the deal. I’ve used all kinds of juicers over the years and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that there is no “best juicer”. There are a lot of different juicers out there and guess what, they all make juice. Some make a little more juice than others, some do better with carrots, others do better with leafy greens, some are easier to clean, and some are more durable and last a long time. But as my friend “The Juice Lady” Cherie Calbom says:

“The best juicer is… the one you will use!” 

If you have cancer and are about to start a hardcore daily juicing protocol, it makes sense to invest in a nicer juicer. If you are juicing casually, 1-3 times per week, it may not. So here are some comparisons that should help you make up your mind.

The Champion Juicer

The Champion 2000 Commercial Juicer ($299) is first on the list because it’s my favorite. Why? Well we spent a lot of time together in my healing journey, so it has a special little place in my heart. On the practical side, it extracts a lot of juice, it’s fast, it’s easy to clean up, and it’s built to last. Plus it’s made in the USA with a 10 year warranty. It meets all the criteria of a great juicer. Our Champion has been in our kitchen working like a “champ” since 2004 and get this, a friend recently told me that her mom has had one for 28 years! One more thing about the Champion. You can feed the pulp back through multiple times and it will extract even more juice.

The Omega J8006 ($265) is also a great juicer, comparable to the Champion. If you are using one now, there’s no need to change.

I also have a Green Star Juicer ($465). It’s the one on the right in the first picture. It is an excellent juicer, but it is bigger, slower and has more parts to clean, so it’s currently living in the attic until my Champion dies.

Buy the Champion 2000 Commercial Juicer here

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Peoples Juice Press

If you want to extract the maximum amount of juice humanly possible, you can use a Champion Juicer to grind your produce into a pulp, and then press the juice out with the Peoples Juice Press ($399). This two step process takes longer, but will give you about 50% more juice than a Champion or a Green Star/Green Life juicer, and even outperforms the $2,400 Norwalk juicer, extracting 2 oz more juice per pound of carrots, and producing juice with the highest enzyme activity, while saving you $1,700 bucks. I recommend putting that extra cash toward a Berkey Water Filter, a Vitamix Blender, and lots of organic fruits and veggies.

 

Let’s compare two of the most popular lower priced juicers…

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My Dad has a Breville Juice Fountain Plus ($150). He started out with the $450 Green Star juicer (that’s now in my attic), but it took too long to clean. So he replaced it with a Champion, which he liked and used for a few years. Then for some reason he bought a Breville and decided he liked it better than the Champion because it was even easier to clean. He’s a casual juicer and clearly clean-up time is what he values most. I’ve used the Breville and I like it too. It’s fast, easy to use and definitely easy to clean. It has a two speed motor and a large 3″ feeding tube, which is great, but it only comes with a 1 year warranty. That’s a bit disappointing.

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L’Equip XL Juicer

Based on hundreds of ratings and reviews on various sites, I think the best inexpensive juicer is the L’Equip XL Juicer ($99). It has a stainless steel bowl, blade and basket, and just like the Breville Juice Fountain Plus, it’s fast, easy to use, easy to clean up, has a 3″ feeding tube, and takes up very little counter space. But here’s the clincher. It comes with a 10 year warranty. So that puts it over the top. If you can’t afford a $300 juicer right now, I think this would be a great one to start with.

“Which juicer is best for greens?”
Greens are hard to juice because they don’t have much juice in them. This is why most juicers just don’t juice greens very well. A pound of spinach gets you like a squirt of juice. Every time I tried to juice greens I always felt like I was wasting them, so many years ago I decided to just eat greens whole or blend them up in smoothies in my Vitamix.

“What do you think about the (insert brand name) juicer?”
What do you think about it? If you have one and like it, then keeping using it. I have used other juicers, but I chose not to mention them in this post, because I think the juicers above are the “best” in their respective prices ranges. Also I didn’t want to overwhelm you by comparing the subtle pros and cons of dozens of juicers. So there you go. Now you have my opinion, but when in doubt, remember what Cherie Calbom says,

“The best juicer is the one you will use!”

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  • Jennifer Quiroz

    I make juice in my vitamix, i just squeeze it through a nutmilk bag after blending it. :)

  • Three years ago when I was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer I bought a Hurom. All the raw folks were touting them and I rather imagine they were being compensated because the juicer has been a huge disappointment. It puts so much pulp into the juice that I had to place a small strainer at the top of the container to catch the excess. I loved the quietness of it and the fact that it didn’t take up much counter space, but I quickly found that juice spilled out below the basket, making a mess to clean up. Within a few months it had stopped working at all. BAD CHOICE!

    I inherited my mom’s Champion and it’s still going strong. I did contact the Champion folks to see if they were making a wheat grass juicer to run on the same motor. They were, but it wasn’t ready for sale then. It is now, so if anybody wants to juice a lot of greens and wheat grass, you can do that with the new Champion wheat grass attachment.

    • Wendi Rostan

      Thanks for your post on the Hurom. I have how wonderful it is and now I see that I should go with the Champion. I can’t thank you enough for your post including the information about the wheat grass attachment. I am also a BC survivor (stage IV) and am always looking for new ways to improve my health.

  • Carole Delbridge

    Hi Chris, thank you so much for all your advice has been very helpful, I to am a cancer survivor [Breast 5years ago] also have a juice and green smoothie every day .Chris can you please tell me if it is ok to use agave nectar in a raw vegan cheese cake, many thanks and God Bless

  • David

    I have a LaLanne centrigfugal juicer. My favorite is spinach, kale, cucumber, celery, garlic and lemon. I usually use equal parts kale and spinach, and when juicing greens, I roll them up into a ball. I use 4-5 celery stalks, one half to one cucumber depending on its size, three large cloves of garlic, and a whole lemon. No need to hold your nose for this spicy and tart drink! Some people add green apples instead of the lemon and garlic, but I must prefer the lemon flavor. I save my apples to mix with carrots, as per Gerson.

  • I’ve always found the Champion very hard to clean and the pulp too wet – I’ve had to run the pulp through twice.
    I also agree that any fresh juice is a plus no matter what the juicer. But the Omega 8004 and 8006 are the easiest to clean and juices so well that the pulp is really dry.
    That’s my two cents!

  • Gillian

    I love my angel. Been going for 6 years now. It extracts the maximum out of the veggies and fruit and the pulp is minimal and extra dry. Veggies go just that bit further.

  • Allison Hulley

    Great website, I regularly share it and also was wondering about what is mentioned here with juicing and juicers. So now This article has answered those questions!

  • Ed

    Ha! Awesome, the truth about juicers. Thanks! I was just thinking about getting a new one but, maybe I’ll hang on to the old one for a while. I have an old juiceman juicer that’s almost 15 or 20yrs. old. Seriously, that thing is an animal but, it has a hard time with beets (now that it’s old) and some other veggies that have a high fiber content. Anyhow, thanks. :-)

  • Liz

    I have a greenstar, a Breville, a nutribullet and a basic blender. I use the blender and strain the pulp to get the juice. I got really tired of spending over an hour a day washing, cutting, juicing and mostly cleaning those darned juicers. I now spend 15 minutes with my blender and have juice. No, I don’t get every drop of juice out but the pulp goes to my chickens so its not wasted.

  • Ju

    Hi! My Mom was a colon cancer survivor, and I am trying to get in the vegetarian diet, juices and smoothies to reduce the risk about cancer. Could somebody suggest friendly recipies for this type of cancer? any suggestions? I mention friendly, because sometimes stomach gets upset about eating lettuce…..Thanks :)

  • Bill Garten

    Chris – thanks so much for your email review on juicers – which juices are best for cancer? Thanks for any help you can give!

  • I have tried juicing before and I’ve always got a lot of diarrhea. Now that I’ve had cancer and pelvic radiation I’m nervous to try this as I now have enteritis…which means that I don’t digest the fiber well. Any suggestions, Chris?

  • Like your mom, at least 20-25 years have passed since I bought my Champion. I love juicing. Since I live in Mexico, any morning on the streets, I can buy 12 ounces of fresh carrot, beet, or apple juice for $.77. It is juiced in front of me from organic carrots. I feel so fortunate.

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  • MarVelous

    I use a Champion Juicer and have been using it for approximately 35 years. It is still “kicking” and serves me well. I juice carrots, then juice some greens, then the carrots again so that the carrots can push the greens through a little at a time. It works great with kale, collards, mustard, and other greens. At the end of juicing I pour about 1/4 cup of water into the cavity to pull out the remaining residue of juices. I am currently working with a friend who was diagnosed with cancer several years ago. We started an intense program of juicing, exercise, hydrotherapy. The tumors have been arrested. Her bowels are moving for the first time in over fifty years (without the help of enemas). We are seeing results, slowly but surely. My brother was “cured” of Hodgins Lymphoma in the late 1970’s with lots of prayer, juicing, exercise, and hydrotherapy. He is still alive. He refused chemo and radiation and has outlived his doctors who died of cancer. The quality of life during the healing process is much better when using the natural juices, I believe, than with treatments using the alternative methods so commonly used today (chemicals). Those who are in doubt, try it and you will not be disappointed.

  • Daryl

    I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in September 2013 and know very little about juicing and what veggies I should be fighting cancer with. I’m on Chemo now. I know its poison but it is working. I have a Breville Juicer, a Nutri Bullet and a Ninja Blender. I love the Nutri Bullet. It works great and doesn’t take long to make enough for me and my wife and its really easy to clean up. Haven’t used the Ninja yet but I’m going to.

  • Teresa

    I am curious about the sugar content in the carrots and that all the sugar is extracted into the juice. Does this sugar feed the cancer? And do we lose some of the benefit thru juicing verses blending?

  • Linda Heymans

    Hi Chris, Do you know a Dr. Mark Stengler?
    He says to have the answer for cures for Cancer???? I saw this via articles about Jenny Thompson.
    I kind of doubt him.

  • Linda B

    I’ve had a NorWalk for 23 years and this is the one I use when I’m going on a juice fast. I also have a Vita Mix which is 23 years old and I also use it for some “juicing” and smoothies..

  • Ed

    Thanks again for demystifying juicing. I found this very helpful and I am planning to re-post this on my blog. Please let me know if you object. If you read this after I have re-posted and wish for me to take it down I will.

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  • Robert

    I have owned over a dozen juicers in my life, including a Champion and a Green Star, and I currently use a Dash. It is very similar to a Breville. I make apple-lettuce-chard-celery juice, and the Dash seems to handle all of them well. Pretty high volume and easy to clean. Most importantly, I do not dread using it. :)

  • Annette White

    Hey Chris….. After you wrote these reviews on juicers it totally freed me up from thinking the the I MUST buy the most expensive for it to work. I just needed someone to say what you said, so thanks so much. I purchased the L’Equip XL and it is a wonderful juicer. What I love about this juicer is that it is small (I have a small kitchen with limited space). It is very light unlike the champion I had borrowed from a friend. The clean up was very quick and easy. So thanks again.

    • Hey Annette I’m so glad to hear that!

  • Lisa

    These are all out of my budget, but was looking for something I needed on craigslist when a $50 juice fountain popped up. Woo Hoo. So this will be my juicer. The key now is getting the organic carrot at a reasonable price. The juice sure tasted better than store bought. I don’t trust the organic juices they sell now days as those companies are big on Monsanto and as stated above the are pasturized. The last bottle of berry juice i bought was $12, as I did not want any apple products in it. Almost all ORGANIC apples are sprayed w/ antibiotics, unless you get them from a local farm that does not spray. So I can also juice my antibiotic free apples. Even if I can’t go full force now, I can at least have juice that is not toxic!

  • justyna

    Hi Chris, thank You for all the information about the juicers and
    healing cancer :). I would like to buy the juicer but with the ceramic
    piston ( I
    mean ceramic inner parts – these which are doing/squeeze/press the
    juice). Do You
    know where I could buy? Do these juicers on Your page have also ceramic
    inside? justine

  • Nazz

    We used the Breville Juice Fountain for many years. It’s OK for the casual user BUT not for the serious juice consumer. For one, it doesn’t extract much juice from leafy greens or cruciferous vegetables. Most of em get blown out the shute due to the high velocity of the blade. It’s also extremely noisy. It’s OK with hard veggies like carrots and fruits like apples but a little moisture is left in the pulp, indicating that it doesn’t extract all the juice from the produce. For the last 3 mths we’ve been using the SlowStar by Tribest, it’s a vertical single augur juicer and is definitely worth the extra price and clean up time. It extracts the maximum amount of juice possible from leafy green, hard veggies and fruits as it squeezes, cuts and triterates at the same time. It’s not as bulky as the Breville and a heck of a lot quieter, you can hardly hear it. It does take longer though, as the name suggest, but is worth it for the amount and quality of the juice produced.

  • Marie

    I live in the UK and bought my Champion Juicer 7yrs ago. I just love it!

  • Sanya

    Thank you Chris for all the information. It has been very helpful. I was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer this Jan and had surgery in march. Now I am looking for alternative lifestyle to help cure my cancer.

    I read through the posts and your article about juicers carefully, however, I am still a bit confused. It seems that the blenders like Vitamix are not being preferred as they leave pulp behind. Is my understanding correct? Now there are blenders like Ninja that grinders the whole veggies to a level where there is no pulp involved. If you run it through a strainer , you will have no waste at all. Is that okay?

    I purchased the Omega 8006 and want to see if I can switch to one that eliminates any wastage like the Ninja. Any input will be very appreciated. Thanks again.

  • Heather

    Chris–did you juice wheatgrass? Or just put that in a smoothie as well?

  • Great tip, I agree, if its too complicated to use or clean who cares if it has more enzymes. I’ve used the Omega J8006 and like it a lot.

  • D.Durham

    I have never juiced but want to start, so your info was really helpful! Being such a newbie, is there a “juicing book” that you recommend?