Category Archives: Beets

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.

 

Jay’s Holiday Dozen Day Eight The Liver Mover

This is Day Eight of 12 consecutive posts with Jay demonstrating how to make each juice recipe. Also included is 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 Eight –  Liver Mover

Over 40 years ago Jay Kordich created one of his signature drink combinations simply using beets and apples. He calls it The Liver Mover. In the video below Jay makes this drink and talks about the importance of making sure your liver is performing at top efficiency. He says “Your liver is one of your key organs and it’s imperative it’s functioning properly for optimum health.”

Through the benefit of years and also recent clinical studies about beets, we now know even more about the benefits, not only for eating beets, but also beet juice. Research now indicates beet juice can improve brain function, especially in older adults.

Beets are high in nitrates that stimulate circulation to benefit intestinal health, blood pressure and exercise performance. In a recent study daily beet juice consumption was shown to improve blood flow, especially to the frontal lobe of the brain where cognitive function is more critical as we age.

Jay’s Liver Mover is easy to make using his PowerGrind Pro juicer and provides measurable benefits. It’s tasty too! The recipe is 1/2 beet and one or two apples.

Now here’s Jay:

The Superfood Power of Beet Juice

Fifty years ago when Jay was studying about juices and their healing powers, one of the juicing masters of that time, Dr. Norman Walker had a great influence on Jay’s understanding of fruits, vegetables and their role on various parts of the body.

One of the vegetables Dr. Walker believed to be powerful was red beets. His studies provided evidence that beets were great for cleansing and rejuvenating the liver. To this day, Jay frequently uses beets in many of his juice combinations.

Through the benefit of years and also recent clinical studies about beets, we now know even more about the benefits, not only for eating beets, but also beet juice. Research now indicates beet juice can improve brain function, especially in older adults. Beets are high in nitrates that stimulate circulation for intestinal health, blood pressure and exercise performance.

In this study daily beet juice consumption was shown to improve blood flow, especially to the frontal lobe of the brain where cognitive function is more critical as we age.

Beets are very easy to add to your own favorite juicing recipes. A great juice combo from Jay and Dr. Walker is The Liver Mover.  1/4 to 1/2 a beet and 2 apples.

Here is Jay using his PowerGrind Pro juicer to make The Liver Mover

Coloring our Juices!

COLOR in your Juice?

To stay vitally healthy….being cognizant of adding concentrated vibrant color in our diet and in our juices is quite important.  Linda and I juice by color….and we suggest that this tonic will light up your brain cells for optimum memory and on top of that, it helps reduce cancer risk.

Here’s my TONIC to do JUST this!!

1 cup Purple (with seeds please) Grapes
2 cups Blueberries or Blackberries
2 Plums (de-seeded)
1 or 2 Bartlett Pears

Now that’s Brain Power!..Please never forget the power of concentrated COLOR in your foods.  Don’t care for fresh fruit juices?  Here’s another TONIC that is derived from the powerhouse PURPLE cabbage.  It even looks like a brain.  Amazing how Nature is so illustrious and creative.

2 cups Purple Cabbage
2 dark Red (Delicious) Apples ***
1/2 Beet with 2 of its beetroot leaves

*** If you do not juice apples for blood sugar/glycemic reasons, you can substitute 1 large cucumber for 2 apples.

Important Differences between Fruit and Vegetable Juices

Fruit and vegetable juices are the cleansers, energizers, builders, and regenerators of the human system. Specifically, fruits are our cleansers and energizers and vegetable juices are our builders, and regenerators.  Freshly extracted fruit or vegetable juices will supply all the enzymes, vitamins, minerals, protein, and some fats critical to increased vitality! Adding live juices to one’s diet as a daily routine, many claim brings them a rejuvenating effect and help the disorders such as obesity, cancer, leukemia, arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disorders, skin infections, liver disorders, alcoholism, and smoking. Supplying the body with easily absorbable nutrients, so that anybody, even with compromised immune sytems or assimilation challenges, juicing penetrates into our intestinal walls, making assimilation almost immediate. This is because when you juice freshly made fruit or vegetable juices, they are 100% pre-digested.  For the elderly, fresh vegetable and fruit juicing is essential!
As we age, our assimilation factors decrease due to digestive weaknesses and illnesses we incur as we grow older.  Some say that as we reach the age of 70 years old, most of us can only absorb 20% of the nutrients we consume through eating.  Not so with juicing.  No matter the age, juicing is 100% absorbable.
For most health conditions, juice fasting is the best method to transform health quickly and effectively, no matter our age.  However, as we age, we are also more susceptible to detoxification symptoms as we start to juice more and more power juices such as greens, carrots, beets, etc.,.
This is why combining these vegetables helps ease some of these symptoms when we add neutral fruits to the mix such as apples.
Through juicing at least 1 quart of power juices daily, thousands of individuals have claimed they have experienced major relief from serious diseases such as cancer, leukemia, arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disorders, skin infections, liver disorders, obesity, alcoholism and even smoking. Because juice fasting quickly and efficiently removes toxins and excess fatty tissue while supplying a full spectrum of nutrients, (such as antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, minearls, enzymes and micronutrients), it has an advantage over any weight-loss program. Juicing literally –nourishes every cell of our body and floods the body with nutrients that energize the body’s natural regenerative abilities.
Here is one of our favourite juice combinations that effectively help our immune system and our overall health ~ at any age!
(for 2) ~ (Organic Only Please!)
10 medium sized CARROTS
4 leaves SWISS CHARD
1 LIME with the skin
1 large Cucumber (unwaxed)
1 BEET with its greens
1 large, yellow, red or green Apple
This tonic contains a powerhouse of cleansing properties that anyone can drink on a daily basis, except for children under three years old.
Here’s to Power Juicing!
Jay Kordich

Beets for Liver and Brain Too!

One of the key drink combinations from Jay uses beets and apples which he calls The Liver Mover. In the video below Jay makes this drink and talks about the importance of making sure your liver is performing at top efficiency.

New research now indicates beets can improve brain function as well, especially in older adults. Beets are high in nitrates that stimulate circulation benefits to intestinal health, blood pressure and exercise performance. In a recent study daily beet juice consumption was shown to improve blood flow, especially to the frontal lobe of the brain where cognitive function is more critical as we age.

Jay’s Liver Mover is easy to make using his PowerGrind Pro juicer and provides measurable benefits. It’s tasty too! The recipe is 1/2 beet and one or two apples.

Now here’s Jay:

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

Beet Juice may help fight dementia

New research suggests drinking beet juice increases blood flow to the brain. This indicates beets may help fight the progression of dementia in older people. Researchers are centering in on the high nitrate level in beets, also found in other green leafy vegetables, because nitrates open up blood vessels and this may be the reason for the increased brain blood flow.

Previous studies have shown drinking beet juice can lower blood pressure. This new study looked at the areas of the brain that may be affected by the beet effect. Their results indicated “increased blood flow to the white matter of the frontal lobes, which are the areas of the brain most commonly associated with the degeneration that leads to dementia and other cognitive conditions”.

Jay suggests adding beets to just about any of your vegetable juice recipes. However he cautions you to start with adding just a 1/4 of a beet to your juice combo and then increasing this daily until your body becomes accustomed to them.

Drinking Beet Juice Increases Blood Flow to Brain and May Fight Dementia