Keeping your arteries healthy is important for preventing heart disease as well as Alzheimer's. Healthy blood flow throughout your body can prevent the buildup of memory-robbing plaque.
Every doctor will tell you that fruits and vegetables are crucial to improving heart health. And “Juicing” is becoming a new trend to strengthen your heart.
Here are some of the best things to include in your juicing to improve heart health:
Grape juice or Wine
Grape juice contains Resveratrol, which has been shown to massively improve heart health thus decreasing the chance of getting a heart disease.
This accounts for the amazingly low instances of heart disease in some European countries where the consumption of red wine has been traditionally high.
A glass of tomato juice contains the equivalent of two servings of nutrient-rich vegetables. This is enough to keep your arteries elastic and keep healthy blood flow. When arteries become less elastic, it can raise your systolic blood pressure, which increases your risk of strokes, cardiovascular disease, and heart attacks.
Add beets to the mix
Diets rich in beets have helped reduce total cholesterol levels by as much as 30% while increasing HDL (good cholesterol) levels. Furthermore, beets help lower the amount of homocysteine in the blood, which is a natural amino acid found in meat and one of the main factors of heart diseases.
Acai Berry juice
Acai Berry is full of nutrients that have proven to be good for your cardiovascular system. Its benefits include the following:
✔ High in Omega 6 & Omega 9 fatty acids. These have a protective effect on your cardiovascular system and are believed to lower cholesterol levels.
✔ Antioxidants remove free radicals to reduce the oxidation of your cells. This helps reduce ischemia, which is a lack of oxygen to your organs.
✔ It’s also high in fiber which helps clean bad cholesterol.
Hawthorn Berry juice
Hawthorn berries have been used for circulatory and heart disorders for centuries.
They protect the heart because they contain flavone glycosides, amygdalin, proanthocyanidins, saponins, catechins, and vitamin C.
Hawthorn contains flavonoids that reduce the effect of some elements that cause the blockage of blood vessels. And they also increase heart energy levels.
Dark chocolate also helps!
Chocolate is starting to be seen as heart-healthy as red wine and green tea. It contains flavanols, which eliminate the free radicals in the bloodstream. These free radicals are the cause of high cholesterol levels.
In a study, 45 borderline obese but healthy adults were given either cocoa or a placebo. After measuring their blood pressure both before and after, it was found that those who ate the dark chocolate had better blood pressure. The benefits of dark chocolate for heart health are immediate.