The Simple Way to Beat Disease

Make your own juice to increase your consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables.

By Dean Ornish | MD from Reader's Digest

There are thousands of substances in foods that help protect against heart disease, cancer and other diseases and slow the aging process. Many of these, of course, are found in fruits and vegetables. You know it’s important to eat them, but you may have a hard time consuming the four to five cups a day the government recommends (even if you count French fries and potato chips as vegetables!).

But guess what? Fruit and vegetable juices are a convenient and tasty way to help get to that number. In a recent study, the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, for example, was substantially reduced among people who drank juice three or more times a week versus those who did so less than once a week. Try these:

     

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    Pomegranate.

    In 2005, my colleagues and I at the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California, found that drinking eight ounces of pomegranate juice a day could begin to reverse the progression of coronary heart disease in only three months. And a UCLA study showed that a daily glass may slow the course of prostate cancer.

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    Cranberry.

    Studies have shown that cranberry juice may significantly reduce the risk of developing urinary tract infections in sexually active women. .Regular consumption may also suppress H. pylori infection, which can lead to ulcers and gastric cancer.

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    Grape.

    You’ve probably heard that red wine may be good for the heart. You can receive similar benefits from grape juice (look for the Concord variety). Both are loaded with healthy antioxidants.

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    Veggie

    Juices made from vegetables usually have less sugar and fewer calories than those from fruit. Tomato juice is high in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may reduce the risk of heart disease and prostate and breast cancers. You can mix vegetables together, such as spinach (can help prevent birth defects and heart disease), broccoli (may detoxify cancer-causing substances before they have a chance to cause harm), and carrots (can help protect against heart disease and cancer, and promote good vision).