June 5, 2009

Lower your cholesterol with a daily glass of juice (but not fruit juice)

How would you like to drink a glass of juice every morning and watch your cholesterol numbers drop like a rock? Well, you can do just that, but it won't happen with regular fruit juice.

A new study found that drinking kale juice may be cholesterol's bane.

The researchers gave 32 men 150 mL of kale juice daily for 12 weeks. At the end of the study, the juice increased their hard-to-raise HDL cholesterol by 27%. The HDL:LDL ratio improved by 52%. And it decreased their LDL by 10%. The atherogenic index, a measure of vascular risk, dropped by 24%.

A bonus was that the kale juice significantly increased glutathione peroxidase activity and selenium levels. These are important for protection against free radicals.

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Kale is one of my favorite foods. It's loaded with wonderful bioflavonoids that can protect your eyes and circulation. It's rich in vitamins A, C, calcium, and iron. It carries about 30% high-quality protein calories. And now we know it lowers cholesterol. I dare say this is a much better way to address the crazy cholesterol frenzy than statins. But you won't hear it on TV.

Yours for better health and medical freedom,

Ref: Biomed Environ Sci, 2008; 21(2).

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