The health of our arteries depends on a series of factors. Eating inflammatory foods, being overweight and leading a sedentary lifestyle can put us at high risk of developing heart related conditions. 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.
Bad lifestyle habits that contribute to the onset of clogged arteries:
Leading a sedentary lifestyle
Some health conditions, like diabetes
High blood pressure
The best help, once again, comes from plant. Some types of fruit can help lower inflammation, reducing the risk of developing heart related conditions. Amongst these we have pears, apples, pomegranate, pineapple, but also celery, ginger, garlic and others.
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Celery is an excellent source of antioxidants and enzymes, in addition to vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin B6.
It lowers high cholesterol
In a study conducted by the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Singapore, the effect of celery extract administered to rats that followed a fat-rich diet for eight weeks was demonstrated, alongside a control group that was not given the extract. During this time it was observed that rats that had consumed celery showed significantly lower levels of lipids in their blood [Link to study] than the control group that had not received the extract.
Celery can help control the levels of high blood pressure
The benefits of celery to lower blood pressure come from its seeds, which contain exotic, methanolic and aqueous-ethanol extracts that improve circulation, decrease inflammation and control blood pressure. [Link to study]
Protective hepatic property
A study demonstrates how a high-celery diet, as well as chicory and barley, can be useful for people with high cholesterol-related liver disease [Link to study].
A valuable help to prevent osteoporosis
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.
In fact, vitamin K greatly reduces the risk of bone problems as it “activates” with other essential substances such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in the prevention of skeletal fractures.
Boron is important because it helps maintain strong bones, improves bone mineral density and improves muscle mass.
Helps with diabetes
In a study conducted on over 9,600 adults aged 25-74 for a period of about 20 years, researchers at the Centres for Disease Prevention and Control have found that consumption of at least five types of fruit and vegetables of various types , every day, greatly reduces the risk of developing diabetes.
Pears, in particular, contain a low glycemic index due to the high amount of fibre that allows a slower release of sugar in the blood.
Pineapples are rich in potassium and help control blood pressure. They also promote gradual weight loss.
Drinking pineapple juice, in particular, lets you absorb its benefits throughout the day.
Apples are rich in fibre called pectin. Pectin is classified as soluble, fermentable and viscous fibre, rich in health benefits.
Benefits of neurological health
A study published in the Journal of Food Science in 2008 found that eating this fruit can have neurological benefits[Link to study].
Researchers have found that regular consumption of this food can have a protective effect on neurons against oxidative stress induced neurotoxicity and help reduce the risk of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Cardiovascular benefits and cholesterol effects
Apples are extremely rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fibre.
Phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples can help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. Additionally, apple consumption has been associated with a decrease in the risk of thrombotic stroke [Link to study].
Various studies have linked regular consumption of soluble fibre with a slower accumulation of cholesterol-rich plaque in the arteries. When plaque develops within the arteries, it can reduce blood flow to the heart, causing coronary heart disease. Apples, in particular, seem to have a direct effect on LDL cholesterol reduction [Link to study].
Apples also help to detoxify us, 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 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 (if the fresh root flavour is too strong, you can try to use the powder instead of the fresh root).
This root also has strong antibacterial properties [Link to study] against metabolic acidosis.
Studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in fighting Escherichia coli, Staphylococcal and Candida albicans infections.
Anti-tumor properties, beneficial effects on vascular disorders, diabetes mellitus and gastrointestinal health
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.
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
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.