Kathleen, from Nourish Juice Cafe, is back to share the best juice ingredients for heart health. Read her last guest post here.
There is no single elixir for heart and blood vessel health, but a handful of juices lead the heart health pack in giving your cardiovascular system a significant and scientifically proven boost.
Beetroot juice stands among the most heart healthy juices. The high nitrate content of beet juice actually widens the blood vessels when it enters the body and studies suggest that blood pressure is lowered within 1 hour of ingestion. Instead of starting your day with orange juice, drink a 16 oz glass of beet juice for a heart healthy boost to your day.
Spinach, broccoli and kale may also give an extra boost to your heart. These are high in carotenoids, which act as antioxidants and free your body of potentially harmful compounds. They’re also high in fiber and contain tons of vitamins and minerals. Kale also has some omega-3 fatty acids.
Citrus fruits, particularly oranges and lemons, contain flavanoids that neutralize free radicals and help protect against heart disease. Studies show citrus flavanoids may improve blood flow through coronary arteries, reducing the ability of arteries to form blood clots and prevent the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, which is the first step in the formation of artery plaques.
Nourish Juice Café offers many tasty heart healthy juices using beetroot, spinach, kale , lemon, and orange. All organic and made fresh to order. Come try one today, and ask about your discount card when you make your first purchase!