Heart diseases are the number one leading cause of death in America. Chronic lower respiratory diseases follow close behind at number three and strokes not too far behind that at number five.
What do all of these causes of death have in common? Majority of the deaths caused by them can be attributed to a build up of plaque and fatty material in the inner walls of the arteries, a condition otherwise known as atherosclerosis.
Atherosclerosis is one of the most prevalent conditions facing Americans today, with almost 16 million Americans having a known coronary artery disease. Many of these cases can be attributed to lifestyle choices that many people make, such as eating foods high in saturated and trans fats, which raise LDL cholesterol and clogs the arteries, and smoking, which also contributes to arterial damage.
Although there are lifestyle choices that you make which can contribute to the build up of plaque and fatty deposits in the arteries, such as eating cholesterol-raising foods, there are also lifestyle choices you can make to prevent or even get rid of this build up, such as eating healthy, cleansing foods.
Here I am going to provide you with the recipe for a drink that will be able to cleanse your blood vessels and reduce your risk of developing life-threatening diseases that can come as a result of atherosclerosis. But before I show you the recipe, first I’m going to tell you about all of the wonderful benefits that the ingredients of this drink can provide you with.
Limes are an incredibly beneficial citrus fruit, they are rich in vitamin C and provide a good amount of dietary fiber. But did you know that they could also prevent the build up of plaque and fatty material in your arteries?
According to a study from ARYA Atherosclerosis, both fresh lime juice and peel were incredibly effective at preventing a build up of plaque and fatty material in the arteries. Researchers believe that this is due to the effect that the flavonoids found inside lime have on the immune system, allowing it to prevent oxidative stress which helps avoid the build up of plaque in the arteries.
Parsley is a plant that has been used all over the world as medicine, specifically in Mediterranean regions. This is due to the fact that is has a wide variety of medicinal uses, one of them being the ability to treat arterial hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure in the arteries.
Parsley is incredibly beneficial to blood vessel health, as high blood pressure damages the walls of the arteries and causes materials such as cholesterol, platelets and fat to circulate within the artery. This is one of the main causes of plaque buildup within the artery.
Heart Healthy Juice Recipe
- 3 quarts of water
- 2 pounds of limes
- 2 1/4 tsp of baking soda
- 5-6 bunches of parsley
- Wash limes with cold water and cover with baking soda for about an hour (the antimicrobial properties of baking soda clean the pesticides)
- Wash parsley and cut into small pieces while you wait
- Pour water into a pot and put it on medium-low heat
- Cut limes in half and place it into the pot with the parsley. Let cook for 2-3 hours
After cooking for 2-3 hours you should be left with about a liter and a half of a syrupy-substance. Drink a small cup of this every morning the get the full blood-vessel cleansing benefits of this mixture.