Are you interested in lowering your cholesterol naturally with delicious fresh juice? You may already know that it’s important to eliminate, Or at least greatly reduce dietary cholesterol, foods that contain cholesterol. You probably know you should be eating more fruits and vegetables. Studies show that that contributes to heart health,. What about fruit and vegetable juices? Can they help? In this video I’m going to share with you the studies that support fresh vegetable and fruit juices that help lower cholesterol as well as contribute to heart health in other ways. I’m Stephanie Leach. I’m a Certified Health Coach and Juice Therapist, and if you’re interested in juicing and a whole food plant-based diet so that you can achieve and maintain a healthy weight and maybe prevent or reverse a chronic condition then you’ll want to subscribe to this channel and hit the bell to be notified when I post new videos. By the end of this video you’ll know which juices contribute to heart health the most and I’ll also provide you a link to download your free juice recipe cards for high cholesterol. Stick with me. I promise to get to the juice. So small LDL particles easily become oxidized. Oxidized LDL produces inflammation in the arteries which promotes hardening of the arteries, increases your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. So to reduce the damage to your arteries and organs you want to reduce the amount of LDL, you want to reduce the oxidation of LDL, and you also want to reduce inflammation associated with oxidized LDL. So here’s how juicing can help. The first juice proven to help is apple juice. Researchers conducted a randomized crossover trial to see the effect of apple juice versus whole apples. Healthy men and women added 12 ounces of unsupplemented apple juice or 12 ounces of cored whole apples to their diet for six weeks and then they switched to the alternate product for 6 weeks. Blood samples were taken, compliance was monitored, both groups ate the same amount of fat, cholesterol, carbs, sugar and calories. The only real difference is that the whole apple eaters increased their dietary fiber intake by about 22%. Would it make a difference? Well, you might be surprised to learn that the apple juice drinkers saw an increased LDL oxidation lag time by 20% compared to baseline. It actually reduced oxidation better than eating a whole apple. So researchers concluded that moderate apple juice consumption provides antioxidant activity in the body. So fresh apple juice can reduce your LDL cholesterol oxidation and may therefore reduce your risk of heart disease. The next juice is carrot juice. Both carrot and apple juice contain soluble fiber. When you juice, the insoluble fiber is removed, but the soluble fiber remains in the juice. And it’s this type of fiber that binds with cholesterol and helps carry it out of the body. Pretty neat. A cup of carrot juice also contains 34 percent of the daily recommended vitamin C which may help metabolize cholesterol so your body can get rid of it. The concentrated beta-carotene in carrot juice is a powerful antioxidant, so it can also help reduce LDL oxidation which in turn may lower your risk of heart disease. And I’m telling you, carrot apple juice is so good. Next up are citrus juices. Both lemons and grapefruits are loaded with antioxidants and pectin, a heart-healthy soluble fiber. Now the d-limonene in lemon peel has been shown to lower triglycerides. So when you cut up a whole lemon that includes the peel, the rind, an organic one, and you juice it, you get the whole benefit of the lemon. Because a lot of that is in peel. Grapefruit is a citrus fruit that contains a flavonoid that has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides and help prevent plaque buildup in arteries. One important note on grapefruit juice, if you’re on a blood pressure lowering medication or a cholesterol-lowering medication it’s generally recommended that you avoid grapefruit. So stick with lemons instead. Next up, is kale juice. In one study, men with cholesterol over 200 drank five ounces of kale juice a day for 12 weeks. Kale juice lowered their LDL cholesterol It also raised their HDL cholesterol, which was a bonus, and it reduced their risk of coronary artery disease. Kale is a concentrated source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients which further helps cardiovascular health. Now these guys were drinking straight kale juice, but you don’t have to do that. When you combine it with cucumber and celery and apple and some lemon you get a very tasty green juice. A vegetable that you may not have thought of juicing before is broccoli. Like apples, broccoli contains soluble fiber which helps your body get rid of LDL cholesterol. Cooking broccoli reduces the amount available soluble fiber, so adding fresh broccoli to your juice is a great way to take advantage of that soluble fiber and it’s a great way to use up broccoli stems. You don’t need a lot, just about a 2 or 3 inch piece of broccoli in your thing juice. The last fruit we’ll talk about today is grape juice. The flavonoids in grapes have been proven to reduce cholesterol and keep arteries clear reducing your risk of heart disease, and fresh grape juice combined with other fruits and vegetables is delicious. So the studies show that fresh fruit and vegetable juices can help you lower your cholesterol and reduce inflammation and help improve heart health and when you combine that with a diet high in plant foods you may be able to eliminate the need for prescription medications like statins. If you have elevated cholesterol, you’re probably ready to make some juice. Click on the link below this video to download my free juice recipe cards for high cholesterol. If you’re on Facebook, you can join a community of like-minded individuals that are interested in juicing and a plant-based lifestyle. I’ll include that link as well below and if you like this video. Please let me know by liking it and sharing it and subscribe if you’d like to be notified about future videos. And if you found this information helpful, please tell me what you appreciated most or what you found most interesting in the comments below. So, thank you so much for watching and I’ll talk to you soon!