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Throughout my life, I’ve always managed to find foods that alleviate certain body imbalances. If I have a headache, almonds tend to help. Digestive issues, and I’ll eat some yogurt. And I’ve found that high mineral content water just makes my body feel well. These are things that I haven’t done any research on, I just learned over time that they work for me.

This presents a problem.  I will never have enough time or ailments to try everything to see what works.  Which makes me glad that human beings have a well documented history in our use and application of herbs and ingredients. There are some things I would have never thought to try, and it’s not surprising that in some areas of the world, people have been using it for thousands of years. Hippocrates himself promoted the use of a brew made from leaves of a willow tree, and ancient peruvians utilized the bark of the “fever tree” – which we now view as aspirins humble beginnings.

Trees are amazing. Long lived and adapted to their environment, they have evolved many compounds to survive.  And when ingested by humans, can have a positive effect on our health.

One tree in particular, Arjuna, has several beneficial compounds. A tall evergreen tree with yellow flowers and cone shaped leaves has been used as the herb of choice in Ayurvedic medicine for cardiovascular health.

The bark of Terminalia arjuna has been used in India for more than 3000 years, primarily as a heart remedy. An Indian physician named Vagbhata has been credited as the first to use this product for heart conditions in the seventh century A.D. Research on terminalia has been going on since the 1930s, but studies have provided mixed results. Its role, if any, in heart disease still remains uncertain.

Arjuna contains ingredients that help stimulate the heart. It might also help the heart by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. ( ) states that 500 mg of arjuna herb every eight hours can reduce angina or chest pain and increase exercise capacity in patients with cardiovascular diseases. In fact, it may be as effective isosorbide mononitrate, the most common drug used to treat angina. ( )

Arjuna’s ability to suppress the blood’s absorption of lipids indicates that it has cholesterol-regulating properties. Its principle constituents are §-sitosterol, ellagic acid and arjunic acid.

The bark powder has a significant hypocholesterolaemic effect. In one study there was a significant decrease in total cholesterol (-9.7 ± 12.7%), and LDL cholesterol (-15.8 ± 25.6%). ( )

In addition, it possesses significant antibacterial activity against bacteria such as Staphylococcus epidermidis in the laboratory and has significant antioxidant action that is comparable to vitamin E.

Pineapple-Raspberry-Banana Smoothie Recipe

Heart Healthy Smoothie-Arjuna
1/2 cup(s) of pineapple
1/4 cup(s) of frozen raspberries
1/2 banana
1/2 cup(s) of water
1 cup(s) of ice

Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour in a cup. Serve immediately.


About MatchaGT by ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the Smoothie Essentials blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. MatchaGT – the super premium Matcha Green Tea Introducing Matcha GT, the super premium Matcha Green Tea. Matcha GT is nature’s natural source of energy and antioxidants. Used for centuries in Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha provides a powerful pick-me-up plus antioxidants and other health benefits to keep the body, mind and spirit in perfect balance. While many forms of green tea are strained or brewed, Matcha GT uses the whole tea leaf providing the full benefits and bold taste of whole green tea powder. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at or by emailing Benefits: Natural Caffeine – longer lasting energy Antioxidants – to fight cancer causing free radicals Chlorophyll – powerful blood cleanse Coffee concepts and juice bars across North America including Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Smoothie King, and Booster Juice have recently started selling Matcha Green Tea smoothies, frappes, and lattes, promoting the great taste and health benefits of green tea.

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