Category Archives: Heart Disease

Boost Heart Health With Broccoli & Cruciferous Vegetables

One of the stars among vegetables is the group called cruciferous. These include broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage. Research is pointing to their special qualities with ability to boost health on a number of different levels, including heart and arteries as well as cancer.

Your Secret To Good Health – Prevent Inflammation

More and more science is showing how inflammation can trigger a downward spiral of disease conditions in the body and how the foods we eat have a direct result on preventing it from getting out of control. Eliminating foods that cause this condition is one side of the equation.  The other side is adding foods that have the ability to lower inflammation. We need to do both of these, if our goal is to help our bodies fight off disease and build our immune systems for strong, long term health.

Broccoli contains a natural compound called sulforaphane which has been shown to reduce inflammation at the high-risk areas in arteries – the places where plaque builds up and begins to prevent blood flow at critical points in our circulatory system. This condition is called Atherosclerosis and it can lead to angina, heart attack and stroke. Cruciferous vegetables all contain sulforaphane, however broccoli has one of the largest amounts and is being studied for it’s effect on preventing artery plaque buildup.

have already seen that sulforaphane can prevent inflammation in arterial walls and now they are expanding the studies to see if this compound can also prevent the progression of already existing atherosclerosis conditions.

Easily Jump Start Your Health Today with Broccoli

While the scientists are doing their best to document the various benefits of broccoli and the others in this group of vegetables, we have no reason to wait around and see what they come up with. We can all make a glass of nutritious vegetable juice that includes broccoli right now. Include cruciferous vegetables in your raw salads too.

Here is a vegetable juice recipe that we recommend.

RECIPE – Veggie Juice with Broccoli

- Handful of broccoli tops or inch section of stalk, cut into 1/2 inch pieces.
- Three carrots
- 1 to 2 inch section cucumber
- 1 stalk celery
- 1/2 lime
- 1/2 or 1 apple

 

 

 

 

Beet Juice Is Shown To Lower Blood Pressure

This vegetable is showing up more often in the research as of late. It’s not even one of the “in” veggies or fruits or “the latest thing” either. But the fact is that red beets – whether made into juice, used in fresh salads or added to cooked dishes – pack a lot of power into such a small size.

4576333533_f5329acaf0_oThe most recent study written up in the American Heart Association web site, is showing that drinking beet juice can reduce blood pressure. The scientists tell us it has this effect by way of the nitrate it contains. Nitrates, converted into nitrites in the body, have the ability to improve blood flow by opening the arterial walls and making it easier for the Heart to do it’s job. The results also tell us that the effect from the beet juice lasts well past the hours when you drink it. Their tests revealed continued lowering of BP into the next day as well.

Study participants with high blood pressure drank 8 ounces of beet juice daily. The results showed a decrease in blood pressure of about 10 mm Hg. The researchers said, “Our hope is that increasing one’s intake of vegetables with a high dietary nitrate content, such as green leafy vegetables or beetroot, might be a lifestyle approach that one could easily employ to improve cardiovascular health,” said Amrita Ahluwalia, Ph.D., lead author of the study and a professor of vascular pharmacology at The Barts and The London Medical School in London.

Our own experience has shown that when making beet juice fresh, it’s good practice to start slowly with the size of beet used in the recipe. Perhaps a 1/4 of a beet at first, then work your way up to a whole beet as you become accustomed to their cleaning power. To receive the benefits of beet nitrates, evidence has shown we need less beets or beet juice if they are fresh because cooking of beets lowers the nitrate level.

Jay has been an advocate for making beet juice for decades. In past blog posts we have written about the power of beets. Jay has also made juice combo videos for us that use beets, he calls one of his recipes The Liver Mover. You can watch the video below.

 

Reduce Heart Attacks With Strawberries & Blueberries

Strawberries nutrition info

A new study is showing evidence of reduced heart attacks among women who ate at least 3 servings of strawberries or blueberries per week. A cup of raw strawberries contains only 50 calories yet research is saying it’s jam-packed with disease-preventing nutrients.

Strawberries and blueberries are becoming known to contain a powerhouse of beneficial nutrients for us. This study takes a look at Anthocyanins, which are antioxidant compounds called flavonoids. The colors of red, orange, violet hues, these come from anthocyanins and are now being singled out as important for our overall health as demonstrated from this study and others.

Decreased Heart Attack Risk With 3 Servings Per Week

This new analysis comes from the Harvard School of Public Health where the researchers used data from an 18 year look at 93,600 women ages 25-42, known as the Nurses Health Study II. The purpose to was determine if there was a relationship between the amount of anthocyanins and other flavonoid intake and the risk of heart attack. The women were considered healthy at the beginning of the study and were asked to fill out food questionnaires every 4 years. Over the course of the study, 405 heart attacks were reported.

Berries Study InfoThe researchers compared women who ate various servings of berries per week or month. The data shows a 33% decrease in heart attacks among those who ate at least 3 servings per week of berries versus those who ate one serving per month or less. Dr. Aedín Cassidy, the lead researcher said, “We have shown that even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life.”

Reduce Blood Pressure by 12%

The scientists believe the anthocyanins are responsible for the lower heart attacks not only from the results of this latest study but also from others that have come before. In 2011, research from the UK’s University of East Anglia Medical School studied 87,242 men and women over a 14 year period. During that time frame, those who had the highest consumption of anthocyanins – mostly from eating blueberries and strawberries – were 8% less likely to have high blood pressure when compared to those with the least anthocyanin intake. Additionally, participants who were less than 60 years old had a 12% reduced risk of hypertension.

Juice Your Berries. It’s Simple!

From a juicing perspective, it’s very easy to incorporate berries into your diet by simply putting a handful into your PowerGrind Pro juicer while making your juice combos. Strawberries taste great in just about any veggie juice recipe. Adding berries while making almond milk, orange juice or other fruit drinks is also very tasty and easy to do.

Another idea is simply to replace pie and cake desserts with a bowl of sliced strawberries and bananas. What I like to do is freeze a banana, (remove peel before freezing) then slice the frozen banana over strawberries. Add some shredded unsweetened coconut for a very nutritious and delicious dessert.

Jay’s Holiday Dozen Day One Tangerine Juice

Today begins 12 consecutive days of posts with Jay demonstrating how to make each juice recipe. We will also include nutrition and research information to compliment Jay’s choice of fruit and/or  vegetable drinks.  Happy Holidays from all of us at JayKordich.com

Day One – Tangerine Juice

Whether you find Satsumas, Mandarins, Clementines or simply Tangerines, this is the time of year when they are out in force at supermarkets and produce stores all across the country. Grab yourself a bag full and start juicing and eating them today because more and more research is showing their value to our health in a big way.

Protection Against Diabetes And Obesity

Research from the University of Western Ontario is showing a substance in tangerines that can protect against obesity, type 2 diabetes and also heart disease. It’s called Nobiletin, a flavonoid found in the white parts of the fruit. Murray Huff, a vascular biology scientist at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, along with Erin Mulvihill, a PhD student conducted the study, published in the journal Diabetes.

In this research mice were fed two different types of diets. Group one was given a “western” diet of high fats and simple sugars. This group became obese and showed all the signs associated with metabolic syndrome: elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood levels of insulin and glucose, and a fatty liver.

The second group were fed the exact same diet with added Nobiletin. They experienced no elevation in their levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin or glucose, and gained weight normally. They also became much more sensitive to the effects of insulin. Nobiletin was shown to prevent the buildup of fat in the liver by stimulating the expression of genes involved in burning excess fat, and inhibiting the genes responsible for manufacturing fat.

“The Nobiletin-treated mice were basically protected from obesity,” says Huff, the Director of the Vascular Biology Research Group at Robarts. “And in longer-term studies, Nobiletin also protected these animals from atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in arteries, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke”.

A few years back another piece of important research was showing a flavonoid in grapefruit called Naringenin offered similar protection against obesity and other signs of metabolic syndrome. “However Nobiletin is ten times more potent in it’s protective effects as compared to Naringenin and this time we’ve also shown Nobiletin has the ability to protect against atherosclerosis”, Huff said.

Get Nobiletin by Juicing Tangerines

How do you get more Nobiletin into your diet?  Juice your tangerines with the Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro juicer. The flavonoids from the white are released into the juice from the tangerine and you receive the benefits of this important flavonoid into your body on a daily basis.

Here’s Jay making Tangerine Juice

Almond Nog: Antioxidant Rich Cholesterol Lowering Drink

Most people love the taste of egg nog. We feel the same. Also many of us would like to limit the amount of milk we consume. It’s definitely a conflict people face every year around the holidays. We wanted to come up with a recipe that could give us the satisfaction and the taste of egg nog but forgo the cow’s milk. Thus we present to you our Almond Nog.

Before we get to the recipe and the video, let’s recap why most nutrition and health researchers would recommend including almonds in your diet on a regular basis. There are numerous studies showing almonds and other nuts as beneficial to you health. Here is an overview:

Cholesterol Lowering Benefit

Nut consumption has been shown to have cholesterol lowering benefits. Almonds in particular have other cardioprotective nutrients  that include α-tocopherol, arginine, magnesium, copper, manganese, calcium, and potassium. Researches credit these additional properties of almonds as adding to their cholesterol lowering effect.

Abdominal Obesity, High Blood Sugar, High Blood Pressure Benefit

New research is showing a link between eating nuts and serotonin levels in patients with metabolic syndrome (MetS), those with higher diabetes and heart disease risk. Serotonin helps transmit signals that decrease feelings of hunger and make people feel less stressful. MetS symptoms include excess abdominal fat, high blood sugar and high blood pressure. Dietary changes are strongly associated with helping these patients become healthier.

With only one ounce of nuts per day over 12 weeks, (walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts were included in the study) they found evidence of increased serotonin levels to suggest beneficial effects from the nuts which could have a positive impact on inflammation and other cardiovascular risk factors as well.

Antioxidant Effects of Almonds

Here are findings reported in the Journal of Nutrition by Jeffrey Blumberg,  director of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University in Boston, Mass.  His team is showing that after consumption of 2.5 ounces of almonds per day for one month, “their concentration of two biomarkers of oxidative stress–plasma malondialdehyde (MDA) and urinary isoprostanes–were significantly lowered.”

We’ll have to wait to discuss all the health giving benefits from apples, pears, macadamia nuts and vanilla for another post otherwise we’ll never get to the recipe and video.

Remember one last thing;  unlike other juicers out there, our PowerGrind Pro is specifically designed to make nut and seed milks — in one step. No blending and squeezing required. Watch the video below to see just how easy it is to make your own fresh almond milk using the Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro.

Almond Nog Dairy Free Drink:
2 pears
2 apples
1 cup almonds soaked
1/2 cup macadamia nuts soaked
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon allspice soaked.
1/2 teaspoon cloves soaked.
1/2 whole vanilla bean

Here is Linda Kordich making this great tasting special holiday drink.

The Healing Power of Green Juice

BLOOD TONICS…..Are YOU Blood deficient? have you ever had your blood drawn and looked at through a microscope? You will see something quite interesting. Either your red blood cells are plump, round and healthy, or they are distorted, full of parasites or they are not well oxygenated. I am sharing some of the MOST successful green tonics that WILL bring the oxygen back to your blood cells and restore them, creating plump, round, healthy and vibrant. THIS tonic is VERY special. Please try to drink it at least 3 times a week, and daily if you have deficient blood.

(for 2 ~ Organic only)

6 ALFALFA Leaves, fresh
1 SPINACH, (1 cup, packed)
1 PARSLEY, (1 cup, packed)
1 CUCUMBER (unwaxed, English)
6 CELERY (6 ribs from the stalk)
6 DANDELION (leaves)
1 LIME (large with skin)

This is one of the most powerful, super low glycemic TONICS you can take for your blood. We have seen miracles in people’s bloodwork in just weeks. Please SHARE THIS INFORMATION! It is crucial we share this with everyone. Jay  Remember, that the human blood is almost identical to the blood of the green plant.

ANEMIC? No Problem!

ANEMIA? Did you know that if you feel fatigued, sleepy, lethargic and depressed, you could be suffering from anemia. This means your red blood cells are not getting enough OXYGEN. Pure, fresh green juices bring us this in spades. Also, interestingly, if you purchase CHLOROPHYLL in the bottles, drinking 1/4 cup a day, your blood oxygen levels will increase dramatically. However, there is nothing more IMPORTANT than fresh. Here’s a very powerful, highly oxygenated, chlorophyll rich tonic for those of you who feel you may be low in iron. JUICING works efficiently in this particular condition. (recipe for 1 person)
Our Blood Builder

1 cup Spinach
1 cup Turnip Greens
1 cup Parlsey
2 Red Bell peppers
1 Cucumber
1 Lime with skin
(please only organic!)
We added the red bell peppers because vitamin C (high in Bell peppers) helps the absorption of natural iron in the bloodstream. Getting iron from steak is not as efficient as getting it from vegan sources. For example: For example, you would have to eat more than 1700 calories of sirloin steak to get the same amount of iron as found in 100 calories of spinach.
Juice this tonic once a day for a week, and your blood will be rich in oxygen!
Also, another key to see if you are anemic, is to look inside at  your lower eyelid.  If it is pale, and not red….this could be an indication you need more PURE GREENS into your diet. The best way to get pure greens into your bloodstream with 100% assimilation is through juicing them and consuming them, right on the spot.

Tangerines Fight Obesity and Diabetes

During this time of year tangerines are out in force at supermarkets and produce stores all across the country. Grab yourself a bag full and start juicing and eating them today because more and more research is showing their value to our health in a big way.

Protection Against Diabetes And Obesity

Research from the University of Western Ontario is showing a substance in tangerines that can protect against obesity, type 2 diabetes and also heart disease. It’s called Nobiletin, a flavonoid found in the white parts of the fruit. Murray Huff, a vascular biology scientist at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, along with Erin Mulvihill, a PhD student conducted the study, published in the journal Diabetes.

In this research mice were fed two different types of diets. Group one was given a “western” diet of high fats and simple sugars. This group became obese and showed all the signs associated with metabolic syndrome: elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood levels of insulin and glucose, and a fatty liver.

The second group were fed the exact same diet with added Nobiletin. They experienced no elevation in their levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin or glucose, and gained weight normally. They also became much more sensitive to the effects of insulin. Nobiletin was shown to prevent the buildup of fat in the liver by stimulating the expression of genes involved in burning excess fat, and inhibiting the genes responsible for manufacturing fat.

“The Nobiletin-treated mice were basically protected from obesity,” says Huff, the Director of the Vascular Biology Research Group at Robarts. “And in longer-term studies, Nobiletin also protected these animals from atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in arteries, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke”.

A few years back another piece of important research was showing a flavonoid in grapefruit called Naringenin offered similar protection against obesity and other signs of metabolic syndrome. “However Nobiletin is ten times more potent in it’s protective effects as compared to Naringenin and this time we’ve also shown Nobiletin has the ability to protect against atherosclerosis”, Huff said.

Get Nobiletin by Juicing Tangerines

How do you get more Nobiletin into your diet?  Juice your tangerines with the Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro juicer. The flavonoids from the white are released into the juice from the tangerine and you receive the benefits of this important flavonoid into your body on a daily basis.

Here’s Jay making Tangerine Juice

The Powerful Healing Properties of Beet Juice

The benefits of making fresh beet juices are numerous.  We feel it’s the best root vegetable for cleansing the liver/gall bladder.

High in nutrients, this overlooked root which spends its entire life underground until it comes to the table. It is not only a liver cleanser and blood builder, but contains antioxidant properties, as well.  Jay and I love to juice beets and use them in combinations…… because they can be highly powerful and will make your throat feel scratchy, or it will effect your vocal chords if done in excess.

What does in ‘excess’ mean?  Don’t do more than 1 large beet at a time, and never juice beets straight, unless you have learned to build up a tolerance for it.

Here are the kinds of combinations we recommend: (for 2 people and always organic please!)

1 large beet with its greens

2 Red Delicious Apples

1 Large Red Bell Pepper

1 Large English Cucumber

1 small slice of fresh ginger root

This tonic is quite red!  It’s beautiful and can give you a huge burst of energy.  Please share this tonic with another person, it’s meant for two people.

Nutrients:Beets are a source of Vitamin A, B, (folic acid) C, iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, carotenoids and dietary fiber, unless of course you are juicing them.  You can keep the pulp and use the pulp for a good VEGETABLE soup as a base, especially if you are going to add carrots to any tonic with beets.

Liver Cleanser:

Beet Root is used to not only detoxify the liver and spleen, but helps with treatment of many other liver ailments, such as cirrhosis, jaundice and other diseases of the liver.  PLEASE REMEMBER….beet juice will cause your urine and feces to turn a bit red, so don’t be alarmed.

Blood Builder: Beet juice stimulates the lymph fluid (the straw-colored portion of the blood).  Beets are also good for building blood as well as helping to balance the blood’s pH balance by reducing the blood’s acidity.

Low Level Iron:

Corpuscles are blood cells which may contain excess accumulations of fat.  By removing the excess corpuscle fats, they can be eliminated from the body.  Let’s clean out those corpuscles!  I just wish everybody would or could understand just how powerful fresh vegetable juices can be for recooperating the body from disease, and/or from congestion. Especially beets are quick to help and cleanse and purify.

We recommend juice 5 to 7 beets per week for two weeks, combined of course with other vegetables as mentioned above.  Afte these two weeks, you will notice your blood will be quite rich and clean.  You can do this a few weeks before you have to go the Doctor and see what he says when he takes your next blood test, but remember, THIS is not the only thing you need to do to keep your blood clean…..stay ALKALINE with your juices and food as well, with no caffeine, sugar, alcohol or white foods.

Our book, Live Foods Live Bodies has a tremendous amount of great juicing recipes, including beet recipes, or our original book, The Juiceman’s Power of Juicing has a plethora of wonderful juice combinations I have been using for over 6 decades.

Happy Juicing!

Jay Kordich

SPINACH can help Heal our Stomach

For the past ten years or so we have seen several books being published that take juicing to another level.  Some books however are not focusing on the basics of juicing, which I intend on helping to keep in the forefront so that we don’t lose our way as we progress deeper into the teaching of juicing.  The basics of juicing deal with the BASIC JUICING COMBINATIONS and why Dr. Walker and Dr. Gerson created them.  Today I am going to focus on SPINACH.  The benefits of spinach and other basics need to be shared again so that we can see just how powerfully healing Spinach is.  It is the most powerful stomach healer for the entire digestive tract. (stomach, duodenum and small intestines.  It also helps the thyroid, the large intestine, eye troubles, headaches, high blood pressure.  ONE pint per day combined with carrots is the key.  60% carrots to 40% spinach.  ALL of this must be in organic form.

Unfortunately for those of us who do yearly or bi-yearly colonics, this does not help the small intestine, only the large.  To find vegetables or greens that can heal and detoxify our small intestine is quite rare, so please juice more spinach.  It may take a month to see long term results, but it is well worth it.

Should we be juicing baby spinach or adult spinach?  This is a common question we get asked.  Honestly, we prefer the adult spinach, as it’s had time to assimilate all the nutrients more than the baby spinach. Baby spinach is good for salads, as they are sweeter than the adult versions. Always organic, though please.

Here’s the tonic: (for 1)

10 carrots

3 cups spinach (raw)

ORGANIC ONLY!

Start off juicing the spinach (1 cup) then flush through with 4 carrots, then use another cup of spinach, then flush through with 3 more carrots, then use the last cup of spinach, and flush through with the rest of the carrots.

Drink immediately, but slowly.  Do this twice per day, and within 24 hours, you should be feeling tremendously better.   Linda and I juice at least two quarts per week of this basic tonic.

A wee bit of information about Oxalic Acid:

Dr. Walker always taught me that Oxalic Acid is found in cooked and canned spinach.  Oxalic Acids crystalize in our kidneys, thus forming kidney stones.  When cooked, the Oxalic Acid atoms become inorganic as a result of excessive heat and may form Oxalic Acid crystals in the kidneys as mentioned above.

Here’s some very interesting information on Spinach you should know;