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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

 

 

 

 

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 Four Watermelon Juice

This is Day Four 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 Four – Watermelon

When drinking watermelon juice made with the skin and the white rind, your body is receiving beneficial nutrients not available if eating only the red part, known as the meat of the watermelon.

Important research about phyto-nutrient Citrulline

Most people avoid eating the white part of watermelon because it isn’t sweet tasting. Scientists have discovered the white rind has high concentrations of citrulline, one of the rising stars among the phyto-nutrients now being studied. The body converts citrulline to the amino acid arginine by using enzymes, and arginine works with the heart and circulation system to maintain a healthy immune system.

This citrulline-arginine relationship boosts nitric oxide which relaxes the blood vessels, the very same thing Viagra does. This helps with high blood pressure and other heart problems. Watermelon has been shown in the latest studies to lower blood pressure just as effectively as statin drugs do and with zero side effects.

Why should you care about Lycopene?

Watermelon is chock full of phyto-nutrients which are naturally occurring compounds that are bioactive, this means they react with the human body to trigger healthy reactions and healing. One of the stars of the phyto-nutrients is Lycopene.

Did you know there are higher concentrations of lycopene in watermelon than in tomatoes? We know lycopene is an anti-oxidant that protects the heart, the prostate and the skin. It’s an amazing nutrient for the body. Watermelons are also an excellent source of vitamin C, of beta carotene, great for potassium and magnesium.

The Secret for using a Juice Machine

Nobody eats the white rind of a watermelon, but you can juice it along with the red part and receive 100% of the food value. While citrulline is mostly in the white, it’s also in the red in smaller amounts along with lycopene and many other nutrients. Therefore if you can’t juice it, eat watermelon and still receive many benefits.

Here’s Jay using his PowerGrind Pro juice machine making a thirst quenching glass of watermelon juice.

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

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….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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