October 12, 2010,
J.P. asks from Sugar Land, TX on October 11, 2010
White Blood Cell Count and Juicing
My goal is to better my white blood cell count for an upcoming surgery.
Because I almost have to be forcefed to get in 3 meals a day, the only
reommendation was to start juicing to add veggies to my diet. I like the
idea because I find that drinking my meal or snack a lot easier and painless.
Two fold question: Does anyone have suggestions to better a wbc count?
And, do you have experience with a particular juicer that you would recommend?
Jack LaLanne's Juicer is the only one I have read about but wanting to hear
reviews of unbiased juicers.
Please, Mampedia Junkies (like me), HELP!!!!
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M.L. answers from Houston on October 11, 2010
My dad did this, he had leukemia and was neutropenic and it helped. He used every vegetable out there and added natural sugars like strawberries, peaches, blueberries, blackberries, apples bannas and such to help sweeten the taste a little bit (otherwise, avoid sugars b/c it can lower a wbc count). You can also make them into pasta sauces and soups (like pumpkin or butter nut squash)... which may actually be healthier because a lot of raw veggies can harvest bacteria that can make one with a weak immune system sick.
here are some suggestions to help build your immune system and avoid infection through diet, since a low wbc count can make it weak:
Many food items help boost immune function and white blood cell counts. For example:
Carrots and other red, yellow, orange, and dark-green leafy vegetables contain beta carotene which helps protect the immune system, especially the thymus gland. Beta carotene and other carotenes also strengthen white blood cell production, and foods rich in beta-carotene help the body better fight off infection.
Yogurt can be very beneficial for the immune system. It helps the body produce antibodies and strengthens white blood cells.
A cup of kale will give you your daily requirement of vitamin A. This is an antioxidant that helps your body fight cancer cells and is essential in the formation of white blood cells. Vitamin A also increases the ability of antibodies to respond to invaders.
People who eat more garlic have more natural killer white blood cells.
Other helpful foods include chicken, kale, almonds, guava, crab, dark grapes and navy beans.
Supplements can play a big role in boosting immune function and white blood cell counts. Some examples:
- Oleander extract in herbal supplement form. One herbal oleander based supplement was 100% effective in a clinical trial of raising white blood cell counts in HIV/AIDS patients with extremely compromised immune systems.
- Astragalus root helps stimulate white blood cells and protects against invading organisms. It also enhances production of the important natural compound interferon to fight against viruses.
- Zinc is necessary for white blood cell function and it acts as a catalyst in the immune system's killer response to foreign bodies.
- Vitamin C is an immune enhancer that helps white blood cells perform at their peak and quickens the immune system response.
- The trace mineral selenium is vital to the development and movement of white blood cells.
- Both Siberian ginseng (eleuthero) and Asian ginseng provide support for the immune system.
- Echinacea helps stimulate the immune system in a variety of ways, including increased white blood cell production.
- Green Tea also stimulates production of white blood cells.
Some other potent immune boosters are pau d arco, suma, medicinal mushrooms, beta glucans and aloe vera.
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L.D. answers from Las Vegas on October 11, 2010
We have a Breville and really like it but it's fairly new so it hasn't withstood the test of time yet. We had a Waring before at it barely lasted a couple of months of daily juicing.
Here are a couple of articles about how to increase your WBC:
Hope this helps. Good luck with your surgery.
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A.F. answers from St. Cloud on October 11, 2010
I am a HUGE fan of the Champion juicer. Mine has lasted 8 years and is STILL going strong!
Here is to your health!
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J.K. answers from Phoenix on October 11, 2010
I've owned a couple different juicers and Jack LaLane's juicer is by far the best!!! I mostly juice carrot's and apples but I also put spinach, celery and cabbage in also. Good luck to you!! Juicing is the BEST!!
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K.P. answers from Houston on October 12, 2010
When looking to purchase a juicer check the watts on it. This helps to determine how much juice will actually be extracted.
LaLane's is 250
Breville has varioius levels and I'm pretty sure Champion does as well.
The higher the watts the more juice and less pulp supposedly.
Hope this helps.