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Lower Blood Pressure with Beetroot Juice

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Beet juice is high in nitrates which the body converts to nitric oxide. In 1998, the Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded for discovering the importance of Nitric Oxcide for cardiovascular health. Studies show elevated levels of nitric oxide can improve cardiovascular health and protect blood vessels from vascular aging . It can also increase athletic endurance and performance.

Beets are rich in vitamin C and also contain folate, potassium, fiber and antioxidants.

Beet juice can help lower blood pressure and improve stamina. One to two cups of beetroot juice a day have been shown to have a significant effect for lowering blood pressure. You may want to begin with a quarter cup and work up to a higher dosage. You can purchase beet juice in the organic section of many supermarket or make it in your juicer. Be prepared that the color of your stool may turn red.

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Maitake Mushrooms For your Immune System

Maitke mushroomMaitake mushroom is also know as maitake D-fraction and beta-glucan. Maitake D-fraction is an extract of this large mushroom which is marketed as a dietary supplement in the U.S. and Japan. There are claims the maitake mushroom boosts the immune system and can limit and may reverse tumor growth. However there is no convincing data available.
There has been some research on the maitake mushroom and its D-fraction extract in Japan in the mid-1980s. Much has been written on it’s magic healing properties.
According to the American Cancer Society , the maitake mushroom itself has been used as food for centuries and is generally presumed to be safe. So far, studies have not shown any adverse effects from maitake D-fraction or beta glucan, but human studies of their effectiveness in treating cancer have not yet been completed.
The study is still out on the benefits of mushrooms although the Asian population have been using them to heal for centuries.