Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Carrots Juice, The Potential Functional Drink in the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease

By Kyle J. Norton, Master of Nutrition

Carrots may process a potential effect in reducing risk and treatment of cardiovascular disease through its antioxidant in inhibitory lipid peroxidation, some researchers suggested.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a group of medical conditions associated with the damage of heart and blood vessel, including atherosclerosis, heart failure, and stroke.rcher
The exact causes of cardiovascular disease are unknown. Researchers suggested that there are numbers of the factor associated with the early onset of the disease, including overweight, lack of physical inactivity, poor nutrition and smoking.

Some researchers also considered some psychological factors such as depression are some prevalent risk factors that cause cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Everson-Rose SA, the lead author in the study "Psychosocial factors and cardiovascular diseases" suggested, "(a) negative emotional states, including depression, anger, and hostility, and anxiety; (b) chronic and acute psychosocial stressors; and (c) social ties, social support, and social conflict are associated with cardiovascular disease, morbidity, and mortality.

Additionally, genetic preposition, unhealthy diet, and lifestyle also play an important role in the increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

The study by Dr. Edward Yu, the lead scientist wrote, "Diets low in trans fat, saturated fat, refined carbohydrates, and sugar-sweetened beverages and rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and sources of unsaturated fats are associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Healthy lifestyle choices include smoking avoidance, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body mass index, and moderate alcohol consumption. Adherence to a combination of these healthy diet and lifestyle behaviors may prevent most vascular events".

These results firmly suggested, people who follow the Western diet with high in bad fats, processed and junk food and low in fruits and vegetables are at the higher risk of CVD.

Carrot, a root vegetable with an orange color is a subspecies of Daucus carota, belonging to the family Apiaceae, native to Asian and Europe. 

In the concerns of the high prevalence of obesity and cardiovascular disease is attributable to sedentary lifestyle and eating diets high in fat and refined carbohydrate while eating diets low in fruit and vegetables, researchers launched an investigation to examine the effect of carrot juice in the reduced risk of CVD.

The assessment of the study includes the calculation of the effects of consuming 16 fl oz of daily freshly squeezed carrot juice for three months on cardiovascular risk markers,such as C-reactive protein, insulin, leptin, interleukin-1α, body fat percentage, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, antioxidant status, and malondialdehyde production. 

Although drinking carrot juice did not affect the plasma cholesterol, triglycerides, Apo A, Apo B, LDL, HDL, body fat percentage, insulin, leptin, interleukin-1α, or C-reactive protein, the juice, however, decreased systolic pressure but did not influence diastolic pressure.

Further analysis also indicated drinking carrot juice significantly increased the plasma total antioxidant capacity and decreased the plasma malondialdehyde production.

In other words, carrot juice has a significant effect in reducing the risk oxidative stress by balancing the ratio of levels antioxidants/free radicals in the body, the major cause of CVD.

Dr. Potter AS, the lead scientist said, "Drinking carrot juice may protect the cardiovascular system by increasing total antioxidant status and by decreasing lipid peroxidation independent of any of the cardiovascular risk markers".

Interestingly, in the examine whether Anthocyanins, phenolic acids, and carotenoids are the predominant phytochemicals present in purple carrots, have beneficial effects in preventing metabolic syndrome, a prevalent risk factor of cardiovascular disease, The University of Queensland conducted a study in the animal models.

Purple carrot juice attenuated or reversed all changes while β-carotene did not reduce oxidative stress, cardiac stiffness or hepatic fat deposition.

After taking into account co and confound, the researchers suggested that the anthocyanins, the major bioactive compound from purple carrot are responsible for the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that improve glucose tolerance as well as the cardiovascular and hepatic structure and function.

Taken altogether, purple carrot and non-purple carrot juice with high amounts of antioxidants may be considered the functional drinks for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

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Author Biography
Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it's news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
Named TOP 50 MEDICAL ESSAYS FOR ARTISTS & AUTHORS TO READ by Disilgold.com Named 50 of the best health Tweeters Canada - Huffington Post
Nominated for shorty award over last 4 years
Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.

(1) Drinking carrot juice increases total antioxidant status and decreases lipid peroxidation in adults.
Potter AS1, Foroudi S, Stamatikos A, Patil BS, Deyhim F.(PubMed)
(2) Moderate intervention with carotenoid-rich vegetable products reduces lipid peroxidation in men By Bub A1, Watzl B, Abrahamse L, Delincée H, Adam S, Wever J, Müller H, Rechkemmer G. (PubMed)
(3) Psychosocial factors and cardiovascular diseases by Everson-Rose SA1, Lewis TT. (PubMed)

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