Monday, September 7, 2009
Antioxidant Rich Juice and Tea May Prevent Arterial Hardening
(pictured: Green Tea with Ginger and Lemon and a little Pomegranate Juice for flavor)
According to a study published in the journal Food and Chemistry what you drink can have a big impact on the fatty deposits in your arteries. A few juices were studied (raspberry, strawberry and bilberry) as well as both black and green tea. No surprise green tea and raspberry had the biggest impact.
Consuming raspberry juice and green tea have been shown to reduce fat deposits in the aorta by up to 96% in as little as 12 weeks. While these numbers seem unbelievable to me, if the expected reduction is only 5% in 12 weeks I think it would still be worth adding to your diet.
As far as I am concerned this is yet another reason to keep drinking green tea with a little fruit juice for flavor. We have been using pomegranate juice but now I will be on the look out for raspberry juice to add to the rotation. I can’t help but wonder why pomegranate juice wasn’t tested and how it would have fared in the study had it been studied. I assume someone will study this eventually.