If, you have been looking for a cure-all, according to medical research, look no further than fresh fruit and vegetable juices. It has been found that those who drink juices, particularly vegetable juices, not only help to reduce their blood pressure; they also
lower the risk of related cardiovascular diseases, including delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Medical research and health related articles never tire of stressing that eating or drinking five portions of fruit or vegetables each day, provides a multitude of health benefits. To remain healthy, it is essential to decrease and replace fatty foods with high salt content with fruit and vegetables to cut body fat and reduce weight.
Studies show that as weight escalates, so does blood pressure, which puts people at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. The loss of even 10-lbs can lower one’s blood pressure. There have been many cases, where a loss of 10% of body weight through maintaining a proper diet and exercising daily, helps normalise blood pressure in overweight people.
Which is why, it is so essential to increase out daily consumption of fruits and vegetables, whether in juice form or otherwise. Not only will you be taking a positive step to help yourself lose weight and, in turn, lower blood pressure, but there are many additional benefits juice has to offer.
If, you need to reduce blood pressure, then one of the best way to do so is carrot juice which is rich in beta-carotene. Studies show that regular consumption of carrot juice reduces the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. As well, carrots also have high potassium content and researchers have found that people who take potassium-rich diets, have a low incidence of hypertension.
Other vegetables and herbs used to treat high blood pressure include garlic, which slows down the pulse rate and modifies the heart rhythm. Eating boiled potatoes with skin intact are a valuable food item that lowers blood pressure, as they are rich in potassium and magnesium, but not in sodium salts. Parsley also contains elements that help to maintain healthy blood vessels.
The juice and peel of lemons are a rich source of bio-flavonoids i.e. Vitamin P, which is essential for preventing capillary fragility and also helps to reduce blood pressure.
A 240-ml vegetable health drink that is blend of: one part celery juice, one part carrot juice and one part water is highly recommended. Or else, you can follow another recipe that is a blend of: equal parts carrot, celery, parsley and spinach. For optimum benefit, aim to drink one pint daily in 240-ml or 120-ml servings.
According to a study published in the American Journal of Medicine, you can also cut your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by regular drinking fruit and vegetable juices, which are particularly rich in polyphenols.
Polyphenols are chemicals that disrupt the accumulation of beta-amyloid protein in the brain and provide some protection against Alzheimer’s by neutralising the effect of damaging compounds called free radicals. These findings suggest that fruit and vegetable juices may play an important role in delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s.