You have to take care of your cardiovascular health because the high cholesterol is considered as one of the most silent and deadly threats. Namely, the poor lifestyle, the poor diet, irregular sleep and lack of exercise can have a negative effect on it. However, only a simple change in your diet can easily decrease your blood pressure and blood lipid levels. And you can do this by including celery and grapefruit in your daily diet and consuming them regularly. Only in this way you will see their benefits.
Take a look at some of the combined benefits of celery and grapefruit:
- Decrease blood acidity
- Control blood sugar levels
- Reduce sugar and starch in the body, which is very beneficial for weight-loss too
- Reduce fever
- Promote good sleep
- Reduce and regulate cholesterol levels
We will reveal you an easy recipe how to combine these two ingredients:
- 1/2 inch ginger
- 2 stalks of 1 grapefruit
- 1/4 lemon
You need to put all the ingredients in a blender and blend them well together. Don’t forget that before consuming, you can strain the juice.
Note: If you are on any medication don’t consume grapefruit or its juice, because it can interfere with the metabolism of the drugs. Remember – always consume it at least 2 hours before and after taking the meds!
Grapefruit may interfere with:
- Immune suppressant drugs
- Methadone and other medications for pain
- Viagra and erectile dysfunction drugs
- Psychiatric drugs such as: Halcion, Zoloft, Versed, Valium, Tegretol, Buspar etc.
- Blood pressure medications such as: Adalat, Procardia, Plendil, Nitrendipine etc.
- Certain cholesterol medications such as:Mevacor, Lipitor, Zocor, Vytorin etc.
How it works
Celery has a compound known as 3-n-butyl phthalide which is responsible for the taste and odor of the vegetable. Likewise, this compound has the ability to lower blood pressure. Celery can act as a diuretic and it can filter the toxins out of the blood as well. What is more, it can act as a vasodilator and improve the elasticity of the blood vessels. Moreover, celery can also reduce the risk of stomach ulcer, improve the integrity of the stomach lining, treat cancer, control stomach secretions, reduce inflammation, treat obesity, prevent diabetes, fight insomnia and so on.
Grapefruit is rich in naringenin, which is a flavonoid that has the ability to treat diabetes, regulate cholesterol levels, and prevent other metabolic issues too. Namely, it can increase fatty acid oxidation and reduce cholesterol. In addition, this fruit has a positive effect on kidney function, cholesterol metabolism, insulin response and blood sugar levels.