Michael T. Murray ND is a naturopathic physician regarded as one of the world's top authorities on natural medicine. An educator, lecturer, researcher, and health food industry consultant, he is the author of more than 30 books, including his new book, The Complete Book of Juicing, Revised and Updated: Your Delicious Guide to Youthful Vitality (Clarkson Potter, 2014). Learn more at http://www.DrMurray.com.
Why collagen may be more important for bones than calcium? Bones are made up of dynamic living tissue that requires a wide range of nutrients--not just minerals such as calcium--to maintain optimum health. While minerals tend to get all of the attention when it comes to bones, decreased collagen content is also an important factor in osteoporosis and low bone density.
For a healthy heart, juice up 1 cup mixed berries like strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries; 1/4 cup pom pips; and 1 apple, cut into wedges. Or juice 1 beet, 1/4 cup pom pips, 1/2 cup each strawberries and cherries, and 1 apple cut into wedges. The fruits will mask the beet taste and make this a hit with your kids. Or juice together 1 cup pom pips and 2 cups blueberries for an appetizing blue cooler.