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More than six hundred thousand Americans die every year from heart disease. Heart diseases claim more lives than all other diseases in the United States. According to Center for Disease Control and Preventionevery American gets a heart attack every 43 seconds.
Are you in danger?
If you eat a typical SAD (standard American diet), you may be at risk. No statistics. There are a number of things you can do to lower your risk. Of course you know what they say. Cut the bad fat. Cut the bad cholesterol. Eat more omega-3-rich foods. Be physically more active.
Are there any other things you can do? A new study shows that there is.
Grapefruit juice lowers the risk of heart disease
It appears that a glass of grapefruit juice a day can keep the cardiologist away. According to this study that was published in the American Journal of Clinical NutritionDrinking a glass of grapefruit juice every day keeps your blood vessels healthy and lowers your risk of heart disease.
This study was able to identify the phytochemicals that promoted healthier blood vessels and improved blood circulation. It is the flavanones, the health-promoting substances that you often find in citrus fruits. The study suggests that drinking grapefruit juice daily greatly reduces the risk of heart disease.
The cardiovascular benefits of eating fruit have long been documented. But new research into citrus fruits in particular gives us new insights into the role of these fruits in the prevention of heart disease.
Many people don't know this. They eat fruit because of their vitamins and antioxidants. They know little about the other benefits of drinking certain types of fruit juices.
Grapefruit juice increases the elasticity of blood vessels
Another study that was done by researchers at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research in France investigated the effect of grapefruit juice consumption on the blood vessels of the test subjects.
This research project involved 48 subjects, all of whom are women aged 50-65, in the age group with a particularly high risk of cardiovascular disease.
The subjects were divided into two groups. Group 1 received about half a liter of grapefruit juice, which is rich in flavanones. Group 2 received a similar juice drink without flavanones.
After six months, the health of the blood vessels of the subjects was evaluated using a method called flow-mediated dilation. This method to test the health of your blood vessels involves measuring the flexibility and elasticity of the walls of your blood vessels.
Normally, artery walls are flexible and elastic. You want to keep your blood vessels elastic and flexible. The more elastic your blood vessels are, the more efficient they are and make blood flow easier. Hardened arteries due to the accumulation of cholesterol plaques are a significant sign of arteriosclerosis, something I have been talking about for so many years.
Anyway, the results of the French study, although predictable, at least led to a promising discovery for people at high risk of heart disease. Those who consumed grapefruit juice showed a marked improvement in their cardiovascular health. Those who consumed the alternative drink, which had no flavanons, showed little or no change in their cardiovascular health.
The new findings about the health benefits of grapefruit juice are transparent. In fact, it offers men and middle-aged women a different way to keep heart disease at bay. However, this does not mean that they should abandon other tips for healthy living, such as exercising regularly and eating the right food.
Read more about the health benefits of grapefruit.
A grapefruit juice recipe
Grapefruit juice alone has its unique fragrant aroma, but is slightly bitter or sour. You either love it or you hate it. It is an acquired taste and I love it! I have found several simple combos that improve their taste and nutrients.
Preparing grapefruit juice is easy. You can do it at home with your slowjuicer or a juicer. Here is a juice recipe that I like to use grapefruit. Click on the image.
Caution: People taking medicines should first ask their doctor about this before drinking grapefruit juice because your body may reject your medication if you consume grapefruit or its juice.
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