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Red Juices for Heart, Lymphatic System, Adrenals and Kidneys

In support of American Heart Health Month, I’m sharing with you juices and foods that can help your heart along with many other organs and systems of the body.

The color red (and purple) is associated with the adrenal glands, the lymphatic system and the kidneys; they are also known to nourish the heart. When you think of red produce (tomatoes, berries, cherries, pomegranate, beets, purple cabbage and cranberries), the nutrient that stands out is lycopene, which is a carotenoid that is a powerful antioxidant associated with reduced cancer risk,  especially prostate cancer. It is also associated with reduced risk of heart attacks. Many red fruits and vegetables are also rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, folate, and flavonoids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation. Cranberries are a good source of tannins, which prevent bacteria from sticking to cells; hence they are important in fighting infections. They are the reason cranberry juice is a standard treatment for bladder infections.

Go Red!!

I want to focus in on several red foods that have numerous heart-healthy nutrients:

  • Beets offer anthocyanins—phytonutrients that give them a deep red color and can protect the heart. “Drinking beet juice may help to lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. One study found that drinking one glass of beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4–5 points.”
  • Tomatoes offer lycopene which protects the heart from free radical damage. It is associated with a reduced risk of heart attacks.
  • Red bell peppers are rich in vitamin C, which is heart-protective in that it helps quench free radicals.
  • Strawberries are high in folate—an important nutrient for overall heart health.
  • Cherries are a good source of vitamin C and potassium.  Minerals that include potassium are key to heart health.
  • Red and purple grapes offer proanthocyanins and polyphenols, phytonutrients that have been shown to promote healthy arteries by their anti-clotting effects.
  • Cranberries.  Medical News Today stated, “A 2019 systematic review found that supplementing cranberries in the diet can help a person manage several risk factors of [cardiovascular disease] CVD. These include systolic blood pressure, which is the blood pressure during a contraction of the heart muscle.”
  • Pomegranate.  – A 2005  study showed that pomegranate juice may help fight hardening of the arteries. Researchers found that pomegranate juice helps prevent hardening of the arteries by reducing blood vessel damage and may also reverse the progression of heart disease.

Today’s Juice Recipe

Red Sunrise                                       

  • 1 green apple
  • 1/2 small beet with leaves
  • 1 cucumber, peeled if not organic

Cut produce to fit your juicer’s feed tube. Juice ingredients and stir. Serves 1.

From The Juice Lady’s Guide to Fasting

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