Nearly every health condition responds well to appropriate fruit and vegetable juices. A fresh juice is a great way to start the day. To help reduce your blood pressure, I recommend beet, carrot, celery, currant, spinach and watermelon juices. If you are taking medication and are deficient in potassium, magnesium, or calcium, add these juices: honeydew melon, cantaloupe, apricot, banana, peach, orange juice, parsley and broccoli.
If you have high blood pressure, I recommend three juice cocktails:
- Carrot, parsley and celery juice
- Lime juice and whey powders
- Grape juice and carrot juice
Whey can have a lot of sodium; buy the whey with the least amount of sodium. If you want a zesty juice cocktail, mix a cup of water, two ripe tomatoes, one tablespoon of tarragon, paprika, turmeric and cayenne. Add some basil leaves and the juice of a half-lemon, and mix well.
Like many fruit juices, pomegranate juice contains antioxidants, especially polyphenols. However, pomegranate juice contains antioxidants at much higher levels than other fruit juices. Antioxidants are thought to provide several heart-protecting benefits, including reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol. Most studies have used a daily dose of 1.5 ounces of pomegranate juice to ensure maximum benefits.
If you want to create your own juice cocktail, here’s a list of other complementary juices to provide vitality and help lower your blood pressure:
While I’m recommending juices, be aware that many juices are high in calories and should be consumed in moderation. Fresh juices should be a part of a healthy diet, and avoid juices with added sugar. Make sure to read all labels for ingredients and choose 100% fruit juices not made from concentrate. Extra sugar means extra calories and it is always better to eat your calories than to drink them.
- Juice from green leafy veggies (think kale and spinach) are excellent sources of B-complex vitamins
- For natural zinc, drink ginger, turnip, parsley (even though it’s bitter tasting), garlic, or carrot juice
- If you want to increase your potassium, drink parsley, garlic, spinach, cantaloupe and banana juice together
- For more bioflavanoids, drink grape, parsley, lemon, or lime juices
- For more vitamin C, drink kale, green pepper, or parsley juice
- The best vitamin E juices for you are spinach, carrot, and asparagus
- Low on copper? Drink carrot, garlic, or ginger juice