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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.

Add Green Juice To Nut Or Seed Milk

green milk webDid you know freshly juiced leafy greens bring superior quality and quantity to our hemoglobin? This is why people who drink a lot of dark leafy green juices have pure, beautiful white blood cells without any fungus, distortion or toxins in them.

If you can make fresh almond milk or any kind of fresh nut or seed milks, did you ever think of adding fresh organic leafy green juices to them? Shelley Young and my wife Linda made this juice together last summer, and according to their viewpoint, this combination brings high alkalinity, protein and super-nutrients to our bloodstream almost instantly.

Fresh, dark leafy greens brings in the quality and quantity of our hemoglobin meaning they are excellent blood builders. Combined with the high alkaline almond milk, the natural, heart healthy fats from the almonds make this a super-powerhouse of nutrients. Linda and I make the recipe below frequently after a morning workout because it’s light, but highly sustaining. You won’t be hungry for several hours afterwards.

With our PowerGrind Pro juicer, put the spinach through first, then start adding in the almonds and alternate between the soaked nuts and the cucumber, adding water as necessary. Finish flushing through with the celery.  If you don’t have a juicer that makes nut and seed milks, juice all your greens, then set aside. Blend your almonds, then strain through a nut bag, then combine the green juice to the almond milk. Here is the recipe:
1 Cup Spinach
1 cup (soaked) Almonds
4 ribs Celery
1 large Cucumber
 (If you want it to be a bit sweeter, add a golden delicious apple while juicing.)

9 Foods For Weight Loss

We’ve all read about this or that vegetable, fruit, fish, bean, nut, seed or tea that is purported to speed up the process of losing weight. After going through the research, I’ve prepared a list of the foods reported to have special properties when it comes to helping us with our weight loss goals.

All of these foods by the way, have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. This is also an indication that these foods are disease fighting as well as weight loss promoting foods. Research is showing lower inflammation as one of the keys to good health and it’s a subject I’ll cover in a future blog post.

Avocados for weight lossAvocado – Can help satisfy your hunger with valuable mono unsaturated fat, similar to olive oil. Also contains fiber, protein and twice as much potassium as bananas. Good for skin and hair. Supplies vitamin E and B vitamins and folic acid.

Pears – Loaded with fiber, one pear has up to 15% of daily recommendation. It’s filling and helps to lower cholesterol. Eat with the skin on. That’s where much of the extra fiber resides. Anti-oxidant and phytochemical rich.

Wine –  Studies show people who drink wine have less belly fat than liquor drinkers. Red wine contains the anti-oxidant resveratrol which is purported to stop fat storage for 90 minutes after drinking. No alcohol consumption at all is also associated with weight loss however. Therefore don’t drink to lose weight but if you do drink alcohol, wine is reported to be a better choice.

Grapefruit can help you lose weightGrapefruit – Helps to steady and lower insulin production which can lead to less fat storage especially around the belly. Studies show eating grapefruit before a meal can help with weight loss.

Apple – High in anti-oxidants and fiber. Helps steady insulin production for less belly fat storage. Eaten before a meal, it has been shown that people will eat fewer calories overall. Eating an apple a day turns out to be a great idea.

Sardines - Nutrition powerhouse and great bargain. High in protein to help normalize blood sugar and promote less betty fat through better insulin sensitivity. High in omega 3s for cardiovascular health and help balance omega 6 intake. Because they are small and in the sea for such a short time, they pose less of a mercury contamination concern than salmon and other larger fish.

Green Tea daily alternative to coffeeGreen Tea -  Studies show people lost weight drinking multiple cups per day. Loaded with anti-oxidants. Long history of health-promoting properties.

Almonds – Research is showing they can help with weight loss, calorie for calorie, in place of eating crackers or other high carb snacks. Also a handful is a great appetite suppressant.

Oranges to juice or eatOrange –  Jam-packed with nutrition and can aid in weight loss as well. Flavonoids to decrease inflammation. High levels of folic acid and phytochemicals to help prevent cancer and heart disease. Vitamin C for the immune system, eye health, heart health, blood vessel strength and blood pressure. Whether you eat or juice oranges or tangerines, keep as much of the white as possible. It contains herperidin which decreases inflammation, opens up blood vessels and normalizes cholesterol levels.

We also wanted to mention our new Jay Kordich 7 Day Jumpstart to Healthy Weight Loss Program. You can read more about it in last week’s blog post by clicking here.

 Jay's Weight Loss Program



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.



Do you have BREAKFAST Confusion? My friends, please try to think outside of the box….because I have learned that eating the traditional way of American breakfasts is one of the main reasons WHY we are diabetic in this (ironically) rich Country of ours!! ! I can’t tell you how many people have asked me throughout the years what I recommend for breakfast.  There is NO possible way could I possibly eat sugared breakfasts like waffles, pancakes, or even cereal. Eating this old fashioned way will not bring you longevity. Here is what I eat about three times a week…..and the answer may shock you….

I eat Salads for breakfast. Yes, I do.

I eat a big green salad sometimes with some protein in the salad. I call them my POWER BREAKFASTS. Here’s a great salad that I love to eat ALL ORGANIC….in the Fall/Winter mornings:
1 cup Organic Pecans
1 cup Spinach
1 large Avocado
1 cup shredded Green Cabbage
1/2 cup Cranberries or Raisins
1 cup Quinoa (red or black is my favorite)
1 cup Broccoli
1/3 cup Sunflower Seeds
1 or 2 LIMES (juiced)

Mix it all together and enjoy! During the Spring/Summertime I usually eat salads three times a week in the mornings and then use the rest of the week to drink green smoothies.When it becomes hotter in the spring/summertime remove so many of the nuts and replace with summertime veggies such as cucumber, celery, jicima, with also adding more spring lettuces.

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 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!


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.

- 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.