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The term “Juices” has become popular these days with the growing importance for detox and weight loss. Though consumption of juice has been in trend since many years, the younger generation consider it more time saving and easy on the go food. When it comes to weight management, juices are of great help to you.

Simple to make and refreshing to drink, these juices are sure to help you get rid of bad cholesterol. It also helps you keep your tummy full for a longer time and boosts water content. Read this article to know more about various juices that can be made at home with ease.

7 juices for 7 days of the week to lower cholesterol have been explained below:

Orange juice

Orange juice is rich in vitamin C, flavonoids and folate. It also contains vitamin A, thiamin, potassium, fiber, proteins, copper and magnesium. It has been found to have good benefits in reducing cholesterol. A study conducted under the title “HDL-cholesterol-raising effect of orange juice in subjects with hypercholesterolemia” (Elzbieta M Kurowska, 2000) showed that orange juice was able to improve the lipid profiles in subjects who were hyper-cholesterolemic. It was hence advised to consume around 750 ml of orange juice daily.

Other health benefits:

  • Boosts immunity
  • Detoxifies your body
  • Prevents cancer and eliminates free radicals
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves blood circulation

How to prepare:

  1. Squeeze two oranges.
  2. Grate a ginger and squeeze little juice to the orange juice.
  3. Also add a teaspoon of honey and stir well.

You will be able to find good results in a couple of months when consumed on a regular basis. For those who have a problem of frequent blocked sinuses or common cold, drinking orange juice on a daily basis may not be advisable. The below mentioned juices could be other options to choose from.

 

Green juice

All ingredients in this juice aid in lowering cholesterol. Parsley and apple not only help to reduce cholesterol effectively, but they also add a nice flavor to the juice and make it much more delicious. Broccoli and cabbage while adding health benefits, can also help you lose weight. In addition, the ingredients in this juice such as celery and green apple can also lower blood pressure. All the vegetables and fruits used in this juice are rich in fiber and are good for overall health. They helps you to digest better and absorb the nutrition from food consumed effectively. It also helps you to burn accumulated fat from the tissues and convert them as energy.

Studies conducted by the National university of Singapore on rats showed that drinking celery juice for 8 weeks helped to lower the animal’s total cholesterol.

Other health benefits:

  • Boosts metabolism
  • Improves bowel movements
  • Increases vitamin and minerals
  • Reduces stress
  • Boosts hemoglobin
  • Improves vision health
  • Strengthens bones

Ingredients required:

  • Green apple
  • Celery
  • Parsley
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage

How to prepare:

  1. Use a blender and blend all the ingredients mentioned above.
  2. Strain well to get a clear juice.
  3. Squeeze a lemon into the juice and stir.
  4. Add a teaspoon or two of palm sugar and stir well.
  5. Palm sugar tends to leave a residue. But that should be fine I guess.

If you are comfortable to drink the juice without straining, it’s well and good. You might feel fuller and helps you keep food cravings at bay.

Green celery smoothie

Apple carrot ginger juice

This is one of the popular juices around. Apple has been proven to have beneficial effects in reducing the blood cholesterol. Do read this link in Medical News today which explains in detail about researches on this topic and how apple can help. – http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/222422.php

Ginger is another great herb for treating many ailments. Both ginger root and dry ginger can be beneficial for over-all health. It is particularly very helpful when it comes to weight loss and removing bad cholesterol from the body. Carrot is a root vegetable that helps in improving general body health and vision in particular.

The conclusion of a research study titled ‘Investigation of the effect of ginger on the lipid levels. A double blind controlled clinical trial’ concluded that ginger had significant effect in lowering lipid levels. (Alizadeh-Navaei R, 2008)

Other health benefits:

  • Treats cold and reduces phlegm
  • Eliminates free radicals
  • Improves hemoglobin levels
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Treats nausea
  • Reduces heartburn
  • Improves digestion

How to prepare:

  1. Grate one inch ginger piece and squeeze the extract.
  2. Chop carrot and apple into pieces.
  3. Blend all the three ingredients together till smooth.
  4. You can strain well and drink as a clear juice or drink as a smoothie. Both ways are beneficial in reducing cholesterol.

Beetroot orange juice

Orange juice as we saw above in detail, is one of the best juices to lower bad cholesterol. So why beetroot orange juice then? This is ideal for those who wish to increase the intake of fiber to start the day (as a breakfast smoothie). It also helps you to fight bad cholesterol. Beet not only has the property to lower bad cholesterol, but it also has lot of fiber which gives you a great deal of energy to start the day.

Vitamin C works like anti-oxidants that helps you remove free radicals from the body. It also helps you boost energy.

Other health benefits:

  • Improves skin health
  • Improves skin tone
  • Diuretic by nature
  • Increases hemoglobin
  • Detoxifies your body
  • Prevents premature aging
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Lowers blood sugar

How to prepare:

  1. Peel one orange fruit and one beetroot vegetable.
  2. Chop into small pieces and add to blender.
  3. Blend together into a smoothie along with few drops of lemon extract and water.
  4. The lemon will offset the sweet taste of beetroot and make it tasty. More drinkable.
Beetorangejuice
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Artichoke Leaf juice

I’ve always tasted an artichoke with butter and it tastes delicious. But I was pleasantly surprised to know that artichoke can reduce cholesterol levels. Artichoke leaves can be made into a juice and consumed. Artichoke leaves are rich in fiber, prebiotics, anti-oxidants and protein.

Other health benefits:

  • Prevents and eliminates free radicals
  • Boosts immunity
  • Regulates bowel movement
  • Adds protein
  • Reduces weight

How to prepare:

  1. Take fresh artichoke leaves and clean them well.
  2. Add to a blender and blend them.
  3. Drink one teaspoon of this juice (strong – not diluted) thrice a day – 15 minutes before each meal to help in better digestion and to reduce cholesterol levels.

You can also use dried artichoke leaves if you cannot get fresh leaves. Soak dried leaves in warm water for a few hours. After that, consume this water and chew on the dried leaves if you like.

Pomegranate juice

Pomegranate is one of the delicious and popular fruits. It is also favorite for many especially children. When you think of a healthy fruit juice, pomegranate will top the list. They are rich in vitamin C, calcium, iron, sodium and good amount of anti-oxidants. Regular intake of this juice helps you to lose weight and reduce bad cholesterol. Pomegranate comes under the low glycemic foods and helps you to keep your tummy full for a longer duration.

It also helps in digestion but reduces the craving for junk food. It is said that pomegranate seeds re used to treat digestion issues and treats diarrhea. When there is excess gas in the intestines, pomegranate juice was consumed in ancient times. Since it is anti-inflammatory by nature, it treats internal inflammation. Pomegranate when consumed as a fruit or as juice, it improves heart function and boosts cardiovascular health.

Other health benefits:

  • Prevents free radicals
  • Improves metabolism
  • Increases bone strength
  • Aids digestion
  • Treats bloating
  • Reduces flatulence
  • Prevents diabetes
  • Prevents cancer
  • Improves vision

How to prepare:

  1. Peel a pomegranate.
  2. Blend the fruit well till smooth.

Pomegranate is sweet and hence it wouldn’t need palm sugar or honey. Just drink plain pomegranate juice and that will help reduce cholesterol in a couple of months. This juice is good for drinking on a daily basis.

 

Pineapple juice

Pineapple is a popular fruit and is consumed by many people all around the world. It has a unique taste and can be included in any of cuisine. It can be blended to make juice, chopped and added in salads/desserts. It is a tropical plant and is cultivated in many countries. They contain many essential nutrients and provides many health benefits. One popular benefits gained from regular consumption of pineapple, is reduction in bad cholesterol. It also aids weight loss.

Other health benefits:

  • Improves vision health
  • Aids digestion
  • Treats internal inflammations
  • Improves bone strength
  • Boosts immunity

How to prepare:

  1. Remove the skin of a pineapple.
  2. Chop into chunks.
  3. Blend along with cumin seeds and parsley. Strain well to get a clear pineapple juice. You may consume it without straining too.

This juice is excellent to lower cholesterol when consumed regularly.

 

References

  1. Alizadeh-Navaei R, R. F. S. M. P. M. J. F. M. A., 2008. Investigation of the effect of ginger on the lipid levels. A double blind controlled clinical trial., s.l.: Department of Pharmacology, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran..
  2. Elzbieta M Kurowska, J. D. S. J. J. S. W. D. J. F. L. A. P. a. P. S., 2000. HDL-cholesterol-raising effect of orange juice in subjects with hypercholesterolemia, s.l.: American Society for Clinical Nutrition.

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.

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