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Vegetable Juice Aided In Dietary Support For Weight Loss And Lower Blood Pressure
Decades of studies have documented the multiple health benefits of eating a diet rich in vegetables, yet nearly eight out of 10 people worldwide fall short of the daily recommendation. Research suggests the best approach may be to focus on the factors that are often behind this vegetable gap: convenience and enjoyment. Two studies presented found that the addition of vegetable juice in people's diets was a successful strategy to help them reach the vegetable guidelines (at least 4 servings per day).

Researchers conducted a 12-week study among adults ages 40-65 years. All of the people in the study who drank at least two cups of vegetable juice to meat the four serving requirement. Only  seven percent of the non-juice drinkers met the four serving requirement goal. According to the research, the vegetable juice drinkers said they enjoyed the juice and felt like they were doing something good for themselves by drinking it.

Research conducted revealed that drinking vegetable juice helped overweight individuals with metabolic syndrome lose more weight compared to non-juice drinkers. In the study, participants who drank one to two servings of Low Sodium V8® 100% vegetable juice a day as part of a balanced diet increased their vegetable intake and lost an average of four pounds over the 12-week study period. Those who did not drink juice lost only one pound.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes that includes excess body fat in the midsection, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and elevated blood cholesterol. The participants in the study with borderline high blood pressure who drank one to two servings of V8 juice lowered their blood pressure significantly.

"Heart disease and obesity are two major global health issues today, so if we can provide people with actionable, small steps in reducing risk factors, that's a big win in promoting good health" said study co-author. "We're encouraged to see that something as easy as drinking vegetable juice can help people increase their vegetable intake and have significant health benefits."

Source: Emily Jane Watt, Weber Shandwick Worldwide, Oct 21 2009
Dr. Iverson's Comment
Vegetables are loaded with trace minerals and antioxidants which are needed in thousands of chemical reactions in the body. The alkaline minerals of magnesium, calcium, potassium and sodium as well as the dozens of trace minerals are essential for a healthy cardiovascular system. Antioxidants protect against the chemicals that are produced in our body and from the toxins in the environment.  Juicing a wide assortment of vegetables of all different colors is the best way to acquire this vital nutrition. 
As mentioned before, if you are juicing at home it is important that you do not consume vegetable juice that is too high in glycemic index.  This means to be careful with carrot juice, beet juice, apple juice and make sure that your juices are high in green vegetables which are low in natural sugars. Tomato juice is also lower in natural sugars and very high in antioxidants so it is a nice choice to either drink alone or add in addition to your stronger tasting green drinks.
Ultimately juice is not a natural food, so it would be preferred that you eat your vegetable in the whole food form straight off the vine. The fiber in vegetables is very healthful to maintain glucose levels, absorbing excess fats in your meal, and to clean the intestinal tract on its way out. Be sure to include vegetables at every meal; even breakfast if you are able!
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