Beet Juice: Lower Blood Pressure
Trying to improve your cardiovascular health? Drinking just one cup of beet juice can help lower blood pressure, according to a 2013 study published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. Beet juice naturally contains nitrate, which is responsible for relaxing and widening blood vessel walls — thereby assisting blood flow. The study found that blood pressure decreased in subjects who drank a cup daily.
Tomato Juice: Reduce Inflammation
You already know that inflammation is bad news for the body, right? The good news is that consuming certain vegetables can reduce inflammation. A 2006 University of Milan study discovered that lycopene in tomato juice can lessen the production of a particular inflammatory mediator by 34%. And, no, drinking a Bloody Mary isn't as healthy as drinking fresh juice with tomatoes. (But you knew that.)
Pomegranate Juice: Increase Antioxidants
Looking to fight the free radicals that contribute to our body's aging process? Drink pomegranate juice (the no-sugar-added variety, please). The tangy fruit showed an antioxidant activity three times higher than green tea and red wine in a 2000 University of California, Davis research study. We'll raise a glass to that.
Turmeric And Fennel Shots: Banish Belly Bloat
Who says shots can't be good for you? A quick dose of of turmeric or fennel, according to Brigham and Women's Hospital, may deflate distended stomachs. If straight-up shots are too intense for your palate, Spadaro says to look for juice blends with these ingredients.
Cherry Juice: Sleep Soundly
Just the fear of inadequate sleep can make us toss and turn all night. A juicy solution? Throw back a tart cherry drink. Researchers found that cherry juice increases melatonin — and, therefore promotes longer sleep times in otherwise restless individuals. That's one reason to get cherry bombed.
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