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Reduce Inflammation with Sweet Or Tart Cherries

For a decade or more I would read studies that listed the amazing benefits of eating or drinking the juice from Montmorency cherries, aka tart, sour or pie cherries. At the same time, up here in Washington State, every summer we had these amazing sweet cherries all over the place, however the research all pointed to the tart cherries as the ones that were the most beneficial.

Could it be the sweet variety also had the same kind of nutrition and health-giving benefits as their sour cousins?  As a matter of fact yes they do. News At 11!  Story to follow.

Every time I would see one of the tart cherry studies, I noticed that most of them were coming from organizations out of Michigan, mostly the universities up there. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I started to wonder if the reason we were seeing only tart cherry studies was simply because Michigan was where most of the tart cherries are grown. It appears this is indeed what happened. There was an interest in doing research about the fruit grown in their home state. It wasn’t that the sweet cherries didn’t have many of the same benefits as tart cherries, it was simply that the studies featured or centered around tart cherries.

Now we are starting to see more research about the sweet varieties like the Bing and Lapin cherries. The results of these studies parallel those of the tart cherry, as far as benefits to lower inflammation and Reduce Inflammation with Fresh Cherries or their juice

Results from a just completed study says sweet cherry consumption may “reduce risk or modify the severity of inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, CVD, blood pressure and cancer.” This research was headed by Darshan S. Kelley, PhD., a Research Chemist at the Western Human Nutrition Research Center, USDA Agriculture Research Service and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Nutrition at UC Davis.

The study examined the effects of fresh sweet cherry consumption on concentrations of risk factors for chronic diseases. Researchers studied 16 women and 2 men who had slightly elevated C-reactive protein levels, an inflammatory biomarker, and who were between the ages of 45 and 61. The study took place in two phases, starting in 2006 and the just published March 2013 results in the issue of The Journal of Nutrition.

The participants who consumed 2 cups of sweet bing cherries for 2 weeks reduced the blood marker for inflammation by 10 percent. At 4 weeks of daily consumption the inflammation markers were reduced by 25 percent. Other research is showing cherries could alleviate symptoms such gout and muscle and joint point following exercise. In addition, when looking over many studies we see the benefits extend to fresh cherries, dried cherries and cherry juice. And as I mentioned at the start of this article, while most cherry research had focused on tart cherries, the newer research confirms similar health benefits from the sweet, fresh cherries including the popular Bing variety.

Sleep Enhancing and Immune-Boosting Effects

In addition to their inflammation lowering effects, cherries are rich in melatonin for an aid to sleep and contain immune-boosting antioxidants like vitamin C. Another recent study is showing positive effects of eating cherries with the lowering of stroke risk in animals.  Whether eating them or drinking their juice, cherries are looking very good these days, especially now when they are in season with fresh cherries out in force.

Almond Milk And Cherry Drink

almond milk. One of the benefits of ou A very tasty drink is to take a cup of pitted cherries and put them through your juicer, followed by a cup of  soaked almonds and 1 cup or so of water. Add an apple if you want it a bit sweeter. It tastes great while at the same time, you receive all the benefits of the cherries and almonds in one glass.

Bing Cherry Almond Milk
1 cup pitted cherries, bing or similar sweet red variety.
1 cup almonds, soak overnight or 12 to 24 hours, rinse and drain.
1 cup water, depending on how thick you prefer.
1 apple, if needed for added sweetness.

Start with the pitted cherries, follow with the almonds and water, then add the apple.

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.

Pumpkin Pie Almond Spice Drink

Here’s a recipe that uses pumpkin in the form of fresh juice, yes I said juice.  We juice fresh pumpkin, add requisite sweetness with apples, add fresh almond milk for creaminess and soaked spices to round out the flavor. Umm Good!

It seems like everywhere you turn another food item is adding pumpkin to it’s name and some amount of pumpkin taste, if not actual pumpkin. What we wanted to accomplish with this recipe was a drink with the taste of pumpkin pie and also deliver a nutritional punch unmatched in pumpkin pie itself.

 Give Your Body A Boost with Powerful Pumpkin

You may not be aware of the powerful pumpkin when it comes to nutritional value. It’s chocked full of beneficial nutrients like vitamin A in the form of carotenoids that the body converts to the usable form. It provides anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer effects that boost immune response, is great for eye health and slows the aging process. Vitamin C for immune support, tissue growth and repair. Minerals like potassium for calming blood pressure, magnesium for teeth, bones, heart health and more.

Almond Milk In One Easy Step with the PowerGrind Pro

Of course almonds are also of great benefit to the body and the Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro is the only juice machine that can make almond milk in one easy step. Simply add soaked nuts and water at the same time you are juicing the rest of the ingredients. Almonds are packed full of vitamin E, B-vitamins, calcium, magnesium, zinc and potassium plus protein and high in monounsaturated fats that helps lower inflammation.

Watch Linda Kordich make our tasty fall recipe, Pumpkin Pie Almond Spice Drink. Let us know what you think of this recipe in the comments section below the video.

How To Make Almond Milk And Peach

One of the best ways to drink fruit juices is with some omega fats from nuts or seeds. This will smooth out the body’s blood sugar reaction to the glucose and fructose in fruits. The PowerGrind Pro juice machine makes it easy to consume fruit juice with nuts because you can make fresh nut milk at the same time you make the fruit juice. Watch our video at the end of this post.

Pick The Best Tasting Peaches
Peaches are packed with nutrition as well as great taste. However purchasing the best tasting ones that are nice and sweet, this can be tricky. Peaches with just a little “give” when you hold them indicates they are perfectly ripe. Produce managers do not like customers squeezing their peaches, with obvious reason, therefore you can use smell to tell quite a lot on it’s own. Put your nose right up next to a peach. If it smells sweet and ripe this indicates loads of flavor.

Minerals And Vitamins especially Potassium
One large peach contains only about 68 calories and is dense with minerals like potassium for healthy blood pressure, iron for red blood cells and natural fluorides for bones and teeth. It contains beta-carotene and vitamin C, E and K plus thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, niacin, folate and pantothenic acid. Looking at the sugar composition, peaches are actually pretty low on the fructose list and about average on the glycemic index and glycemic load scales.

Study Indicates Anti-Aging Benefits
There are significant antioxidant properties associated with peaches. A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in 2009 is showing major antioxidants in peaches including chlorogenic acid, which helps scavenge free radicals to reduce the effects of aging and deter chronic diseases. This antioxidant has also been shown to help prevent cancer and reduce inflammation.

You will also find flavonoids such as lutein, zeaxanthin and ß-cryptoxanthin in peaches. These compounds are indicated to protect against free radicals and have anti-aging properties.

Almonds Shown to Dramatically Lower Blood Sugar
Among the many benefits of almonds, they have been found to have a neutralizing effect on sugar spikes. Information published in the American Journal of Infectious Diseases found that eating almonds had a significant effect on blood glucose. Almonds are packed with phytonutrients, antioxidants and biologically active compounds that lower the risk of many chronic diseases. The study authors said, “The present study has demonstrated that inclusion of 10 g of almonds in diet led to a significant reduction in fasting and post prandial blood glucose levels.”

Watch our video below with Linda Kordich, showing you step by step how to make Almond Milk With Peaches.
Here’s the Recipe:
2- Ripe Peaches
1- cup Almonds, soaked and drained.
1- cup water
1- bunch of red grapes, if needed for added sweetness.
 

 

JUICING NUT MILKS…..a new Revolution!

Pecan JUICE?  Yes!

Most of us shy away from nuts, but please don’t.  At the age of almost 90 years old, I must share with you that I have consumed a variety of nuts, weekly, if not daily, for most of my adult life.  Even though they have been touted in the past for being fattening, or salty, or hard to digest…..nuts must be in our diets, consistently if we want to live into our 70′s, 80′s and 90′s with a sound heart.

Nuts are some of the most important foods we can eat as HUMANS.  Pretty strong statement?  Yes, but after 25 years of independent research, more and more confirmations are coming in, stating that human health can be

Did you know Pecans are rich in Vitamin E, Magnesium, Zinc, Potassium and Calcium? They are a true POWER food for the heart.

Did you also know that now….through the evolution of  juicing, we have found a way to JUICE them, extracting the most essential nutrients needed.  Now you have real Power in your hands. Instead of eating the nuts, only absorbing 20 to 30%, burdening the gallbladder of most of us……. you can now cut all that out by juicing them! By juicing them, you are digesting 100% of the nutrients from the nuts…even if you have trouble digesting nuts, don’t worry. When juiced….it liberates your body’s inability to break them down through the process of digestion.

Here’s our favorite PECAN JUICE Combo:


1/2 cup of Organic Pecans (soaked overnight)
2 Bosc Pears
1 cup Water (optional)

Juice all ingredients through our PGP juicer (yes we are the only juicer that can actually juice nuts, seeds and grains, but SOAKED of course).  You can use water to help flush more of almonds through, to create thicker or thinner milk……or just use the pears, as we find this to make a fine consistency.  Once you make your nut milk, within seconds you have a fantastic tonic to add to your fruit juices (combined this way, the oils in the nut milks slow down the fruit sugar’s rush into the bloodstream). Add to your favorite organic cereals, hot teas or just perfect as it is….

We also recommend combining fresh green juices with nut milks.  This makes for a good combination, for better digestion, and also it makes for a solid liquid breakfast.

Walnut milk with Pear juice

Linda Kordich makes a nutritious and delicious nut milk recipe, “Walnut milk with Pear”.
This drink is very beneficial to your health with anti-inflammatory properties
and it’s high in Omega 3 and Magnesium.  Here’s the recipe:

- 2 cups walnuts
- soak nuts overnight
- drain soaking water
- add 1 to 2 cups water while making the nut milk, depending on how thick
you like it.
- Add one pear, cut up.

Jay’s Birthday Delight: Blackberry-Almond Milk

Today marks Jay’s 88th birthday. He is a true testament to the lifelong dedication to juicing and leading a healthy lifestyle. In celebration of his special day, Jay and Linda, along with the Live Foods, Live Bodies team, is offering free standard shipping on all products sold at www.JayKordich.com for today only. Just use the promo code: BIRTHDAY88 at checkout.

Jay, along with his friends and family will be enjoying this birthday “dessert” drink tonight in celebration of his special day. Now, if only you could float 88 candles in juice!

JAY’S 88TH BIRTHDAY DELIGHT

3 cups fresh organic blackberries
1 cup (soaked) almonds
coconut flakes and fresh ground nutmeg (for sprinkling)

Soak almonds overnight. Rinse and process through the PGP juicer – almonds first, then blackberries. Sprinkle fresh ground nutmeg and coconut flakes on top. Enjoy!

Making Almond & Carrot nut milk with PowerGrind Pro

One of the features of our juicer, the Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro, is it’s ability to make great tasting nut milks. In this video Linda is making Almond & Carrot nut milk and it is delicious!  The creaminess of the almond milk along with the sweetness from the carrots makes for a wonderful, healthy and tasty drink.

You could make just plain almond milk if you’d like, however we like to add a little natural sweetener from fresh fruit or in this case, using carrots. There are many different types of nut milks and seed milks and we will be bringing you more recipes in the weeks and months ahead.


RECIPE
- 2 cups Almonds, soak overnight or 8 to 24 hours.
Drain the soaking water before using the Almonds.
- 1 cup fresh water
- 6 to 10 carrots for juicing.

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Walnut Milk….Learn about Their Amazing Healing Properties!

by Linda Kordich on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 1:53pm

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Jay and I just made the BEST walnut milk tonic with our new Power Grind Pro Juicer
4 cups soaked organic walnut halves
2 cups purified water
2 organic apples
1 cup organic boysenberries
(soak your walnuts the night before) and start with the berries and 1 apple, then add the walnuts and water
and finish off with the last apple. Now you have an incredibly satisfying nut milk tonic that will sustain your hunger for many hours and greatly benefit your heart and brain!  Read below for more:
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Why walnuts?  For good reasons…..walnuts are incredibly good for our heart.  Please read the following:
Walnuts are one of the best plant sources of protein. They are rich in fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, and antioxidants such as Vitamin E.  Nuts in general are also high in plant sterols and fat – but mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 fatty acids, in particular, alpha-linolenic acid ALA) that have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol. Walnuts, indeed, have significantly higher amounts of ALA omega 3 fatty acids compared to other nuts.

More than a decade of scientific evidence shows that incorporating walnuts in a healthy diet reduces the risk of heart disease by improving blood vessel elasticity and plaque accumulation. Walnuts have also been shown to aid in the lowering LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and the C-Reactive Protein (CRP). CRP was recently recognized as an independent marker and predictor of heart disease.
Here’s some GREAT info on Blackberries (Boysenberries)
Other Nutraceutical Values of Blackberries
Marionberry   Evergreen blackberry   Boysenberry   Anthocyanins  109-155 mg/100g   83-326 mg/100g  120-160 mg/100g  Ellagic Acid  5.83 mg/g dry wt  3.69 mg/g dry wt  5.98 mg/g dry wt  ORAC  28 umole TE/g  28 umole TE/g  42 umole TE/g  Catechins  1.4 mg/100g    Quercetin  0.5-3.5 mg/100g  Gallic Acid  3 mg/100 mg  2 mg/100 mg  9 mg/100g  Rutin   11 mg/100 mg  24 mg/100 mg Source: Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission
Nutritional Profile of Blackberries

Marionberries, Boysenberries, Loganberries and other blackberries are high in gallic acid, rutin and ellagic acid, a known chemopreventative, with anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. With their dark blue color, blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of fruits regularly tested. Blackberries are also rich in Vitamin C and fiber, which have been shown to help reduce the risks of certain cancers. Blackberries are low in calories, carbohydrates and have no fat, which makes them popular in low carb and low calorie diets.
High in Vitamin C and fiber both of which have been shown to help reduce the risks
of certain cancers.
Contains high levels of anthocyanins (83-326 mg/ 100g) which work as antioxidants to help fight free radical damage in the body and give berries their deep dark color.
The antioxidant level of foods can be measured as ORAC (Oxygen Radical
Absorption Capacity). The ORAC value of Evergreen blackberries is 28
µmoles/TE/g, slightly higher than blueberries.
Evergreen blackberries contain ellagic acid, a phenolic compound shown to have
anti-carcinogen, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. The ellagic acid levels of
Evergreen blackberries is 3.69 mg/g of dry weight.
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