Artery Cleansing Juice

 

The health of our arteries depends on a series of factors.  Eating inflammatory foods, being overweight and leading a sedentary lifestyle are some of the bad habits that put their health at risk. With time arteries can accumulate fat from the body where it builds up, forming a coating of plaque along the inner walls and causing them to lose their elasticity. Clogged arteries are related to serious health conditions like angina and heart attacks.

Exercise and a balanced anti inflammatory diet are two essential steps to prevent artery related problems.

Juicing is a natural way to assimilate important nutrients and it can target different conditions. Overall fruit and vegetables tend to lower inflammation in our body whilst giving us a boost of energy and nutrients in an easily assimilated form.

Some of the bad lifestyle habits that contribute to the onset of clogged arteries are:

Stress

Obesity

Leading a sedentary lifestyle

Smoking

Some health conditions, like diabetes

High blood pressure

The best help, once again, comes from plants. Some types of fruit can help lower inflammation, reducing the risk of developing heart related conditions. Amongst these we have pears, apples, pomegranates, pineapples, but also celery, garlic, ginger and others.

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NOW FOR SOME EVIDENCE BASED STUDIES

PEARS

Pears have a high content of fibre, vitamin C, antioxidants and essential substances for the health of our bones such as vitamin K and boron.

Boron is important because it helps maintain strong bones, improves bone mineral density and improves muscle mass.

PINEAPPLE

Pineapples are one of the most powerful anti inflammatory foods, they are rich in potassium and help control blood pressure.  They also can help promote gradual weight loss.

Drinking pineapple juice, in particular, lets you absorb its benefits throughout the day.

APPLES

Apples are rich in fibre called pectin. Pectin is classified as soluble, fermentable and viscous fibre, rich in health benefits.

Neurological Benefits

A study published in the Journal of Food Science in 2008 found that eating this fruit can have neurological benefits[Link to study].

Apples also help with detoxification thanks to the high content of quercetin, an antioxidant that acts as a natural anti-histamine and can help stimulate and strengthen the immune system, especially during periods of stress.

GINGER

Powerful anti-inflammatory

Ginger is one of the oldest and most widely used medicinal spices in the world.

This root is known not only for its digestive and anti-inflammatory properties, but it is also used to prevent colds, flu and nausea.

Ginger contains powerful anti-inflammatory compounds[Link to study]called gingeroli and exerts an analgesic action useful for those who suffer from joint and muscular pain. [link to study]

Studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in fighting Escherichia coli, Staphylococcal and Candida albicans infections.

In addition, as noted in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine study titled “Anti-inflammatory Ginger Antioxidant Effects in Health and Physical Activity: An Up-to-Date Review of Evidence”, it is cited:

Ginger anticancer potential is well-documented and its functional components such as gingerols and shogaols are the precious ingredients that can prevent different types of cancer, angiogenesis and metastasis, induction of apoptosis and inhibition of progression of the  cell cycle. It also improves cardiovascular disorders, diabetes mellitus and gastrointestinal health” [Link to study]

How to prepare the artery cleansing juice

For this juice I use my juice extractor

Ingredients

2 stalks of celery

2 pears, seeds removed and cut into chunks

1/2 small ripe pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into pieces

1 apple seeds removed and cut into chunks

1 inch of fresh ginger

Direction

Turn on your juicer

Add the pears, pineapple, ginger, apple and celery one at a time. Turn off the machine and pour the juice into a glass and serve.

Photo credit title: Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash
Photo (fruit mix) by Jakub Kapusnak on Unsplash

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