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Heart: Juices

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, lower your cholesterol and improve your heart, I recommend beet, carrot, celery, currant, spinach, grape, cherry, 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 are only focusing on a healthy heart, I would recommend threes juice combos:

  • Carrot, pineapple, and ginger (you could add a touch of honey)
  • Parsley, alfalfa, and pineapple
  • Watercress, parsley, and grape

If you have high blood pressure, I recommend three juice cocktails:

  • Carrot, parsley and celery juice
  • Lime juice and whey powders
  • Grape and carrot juice

To help reduce your cholesterol levels, I recommend these two juice cocktails:

  • Beet, blackberry, parsley and pineapple juice.
  • Carrot, apple, and ginger

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 improve your heart, help lower your cholesterol or blood pressure:

  • Juice from green leafly veggies (think kale and spinach) are excellent sources of B-complex Vitamins
  • Carrot, apple, ginger, orange and strawberry juices have been known to lower bad cholesterol
  • 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
  • More Magnesium could possibly raise your good cholesterol.  Those juices are Beet, garlic, parsley, and spinach
  • Low on Copper?  Drink carrot, garlic, or ginger juice
  • Studies have shown that Chromium might raise good cholesterol levels.  These juices include potato (pasty flavor), green pepper, apple, and spinach juice

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.

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