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How these 3 juicing recipes could help cholesterol, headache or weight loss

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Nutritionist and juicing icon Cherie Calbom, MS. (“The Juice Lady”) has some great remedies for specific ailments that include arthritis, headache and high cholesterol. The recipes are a combination of foods that are well studied for their health effects.

All you need is a juicer and a grocery list to get started. It is possible trying these juicing recipes could improve your health significantly.

Americans are famous for not eating enough fruits and vegetables, making blending specific foods to treat medical conditions an easy way to get healthier that is natural and drug-free.

Food – especially fresh whole food – has been studied for health benefits. It’s no myth that “food is medicine”.

Fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs contain powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory chemicals that can lower blood pressure, relieve pain and even improve lung health.

Beets and watermelon with arginine relax the blood vessels and are good for the heart as an example. Other foods are being studied for their specific role in preventing cancer.

Here are three juicing recipes for common medical conditions, with explanations about how they can help you feel better, based on studies.

Mood swings and weight gain

  • One handful of parsley
  • One dark green lettuce leaf
  • Four carrots, scrubbed well, tops removed and ends trimmed
  • Two tomatoes
  • Two ribs of celery with leaves
  • A dash of hot sauce
  • A dash of Celtic sea salt.

Calbom, who is the author of 17 books including the bestseller "Juicing for Life", explains the adrenal glands respond to stress that in turn causes weight gain and mood swings
Hot peppers and parsley are high in vitamin C. Celery is a great source of natural sodium and both of combination of the two has benefits for the adrenal glands that regulate sodium and potassium in the body. Stress and fatigue can lower our adrenal function. The recipe serves 2.

Arthritis pain reducer:

  • A handful of flat leaf parsley
  • One dark green lettuce leaf
  • 3 to 4 scrubbed carrots with trimmed ends and the tops
  • 2 stalks of celery – include the leaves
  • Two-inch-chunk of ginger root
  • 1 lemon (peeled unless it is organic)

Ginger in the juice is a powerful anti-inflammatory food that can reduce pain and stiffness, making it easier to enjoy daily activities. An added perk of consuming carrots and leafy green vegetables is that they are also good for the skin and cartilage.

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Headache help

  • Half a ripe cantaloupe with seeds and rind removed
  • ½ cucumber, peeled if not organic
  • One to 2-inch piece of ginger root, peeled

Ginger can help relieve pain. Studies show when a migraine headache occurs, blood cells known as platelets that help blood clotting become ‘sticky’.

Dr. Alexander Mauskop, Associate Professor of Neurology, SUNY – Downstate Medical Center says anything that decreases the number of platelets in the bloodstream is also likely to help headache. Mauskop is board-certified in Neurology and also in Headache Medicine.

Ginger indeed has been shown to have some effect on platelets aggregation or ‘stickiness’ that is dose dependent.

Cantaloupe reduces levels of inflammatory cytokines. The fruit actives a chemical pathway that triggers release of superoxide dismutase or SOD that is linked to activation of platelets. Cantaloupe also contains tocopherols that can make platelets less sticky.

Juicing for high cholesterol

Juicing could help stave off heart attack by lowering bad cholesterol. You’ll want to use the following recipe to help lower cholesterol:

  • 4 medium-sized scrubbed carrots with the tops removed and the ends trimmed
  • 2 celery ribs with leaves
  • 2 kale leaves
  • 1 green apple, such as a Granny Smith, or pippin apple
  • 1-inch chunk of ginger root

The ginger, again acts as an anti-inflammatory that could help keep blood vessels healthy and less prone to form blood clots that can lead to heart attack.

Apple pectin and apple phenolic fractions slow the oxidation of the so-call bad cholesterol or LDL that is the biggest contributor to heart attack and can contribute to stroke.

Apples and ginger both are also a good remedy for asthma and other respiratory conditions that cause congestion and could lower our chances of diabetes and could also help prevent cancer. A new study shows how ginger can help asthma sufferers.


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