Both high cholesterol and blood pressure have reached epidemic proportions here in the United States. Just ask a stranger if they’re on any medications to address one or both of these. More often than not, they are. Diet and lifestyle are major contributing factors, and juicing to lower cholesterol and blood pressure can help. Here’s a simple, tasty recipe to get you started.
The Juice: Heart Smart
Makes 32 fl oz
Wash and core (optional) the apples.
Scrub the beets and carrots
Run the ingredients through your juicer and enjoy!!!
The Details: Get Low Down and Healthy!
This simple juice recipe is a trifecta of awesome plant power that can help lower your cholesterol and blood pressure. First up are the beets, known to help lower levels of LDL (the bad kind) and raise HDL (the good kind). They contain nitrates (which transform into nitric oxide in the body) that can work to widen and relax blood vessels, thus reducing blood pressure.
Next up are the carrots. They contain potassium (15% RDA) that also relaxes the blood vessels and removes sodium, both helping reduce blood pressure and working to prevent stroke and chronic heart disease. Carrots are also found to help reduce the oxidization of lipids in the bloodstream, possibly preventing them from adhering to blood vessel walls (thus reducing plaque buildup).
Apples contain polyphenols that suppress oxidative damage to LDL cholesterol, and both it and pectin work to enhance lipid metabolism and reduce systemic inflammation.
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The Juicer: REVO830
I made Heart Smart using the Kuvings REVO830 juicer. This machine is a great juicer and more!
The Kuvings REVO830 brings its unique dual-feed hopper to the juicing universe. This technology incorporates the benefits of both a vertical and horizontal cold press juicer. The key takeaway is that this machine significantly decreases prep time for a super-fast juicing experience.
This dual hopper has a vertical cut chute that handles long produce like carrots, celery, and cucumbers whole! It also has a 3.5″ wide auto-cut hopper that juices whole, bulky produce like beets and apples without chopping. If it fits, it will juice it!
Other benefits of this machine are its upgraded motor which allows you to run non-stop for up to 45 minutes, which is also very quiet. You can also use this model to make nut milk, smoothies, nice cream, and sorbets. I love a machine that does more than one task, and this one does them all really well! Combining all this with an outstanding 15-year warranty, I highly recommend this juicer!
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