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The Heartbeet Drink – Banana, Apple, Beetroot, Baobab, Lime & Ginger

Containing antioxidant-rich fruits and vitamin C, HEALTH is a great way to boost your body’s natural defences.

What is ‘HEALTH’?

HEALTH is a delicious blend of banana, apple, beetroot, baobab, Lime and ginger, packed with body-boosting nutrients. Supercharged with vitamin C-rich fruits, HEALTH is designed to support your body’s natural defences, helping you recover from everyday stressors.

Grab a bottle of HEALTH and put some zing in your step!

 

The science behind HEALTH

Baobab

Found throughout Africa, the baobab tree (dubbed the monkey bread or upside down tree) can grow for up to 5,000 years.

For centuries, the bark, leaves and fruit of the baobab tree have been used for medicine and food, but it’s only in recent years that the nutrient-dense powers of the baobab fruit have been discovered. Studies now show that fruit pulp is a super source of vitamin C1, containing 10 times the vitamin C of oranges2.

As well as helping the body absorb iron, vitamin C is as a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect our bodies against the effects of free radicals3, unstable molecules that can damage our cells. Although free radicals are produced as a normal consequence of metabolising oxygen, high levels can build up from exposure to pollution, cigarette smoke and sun exposure. Over time, this can overwhelm the body’s natural defences, lead to an increased risk of conditions like heart disease4.

Eating more antioxidant-rich foods like baobab is one way to boost the body’s natural defences against the effects of free radicals5.  Each bottle of HEALTH contains almost 50 per cent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, making it a great way to top up your intake of this helpful antioxidant.

 

Banana

A great source of natural energy; bananas provide steady fuel for your day. The carbohydrate they contain powers both the brain and muscles, making them an ideal food for busy minds and active bodies6. They’re also a surprising source of antioxidants, containing similar levels to kiwi fruit and oranges7.

As well as carbohydrate and antioxidants, bananas also boast high levels of potassium, a mineral which helps to balance blood pressure8. Studies show eating plenty of potassium-rich fruits and vegetables can help to lower blood pressure9, contributing to a healthy heart.

 

Beetroot

In recent years, scientists have become interested in the health benefits of beetroot thanks to studies showing that the vegetable can help with widening blood vessels, boosting blood flow and lowering blood pressure.

The benefits are down to bioactive compounds in the brightly coloured root vegetable known as betaine and nitrates, which have positive effects in the body10. We now know that nitrate-rich beetroot and beetroot juice can boost exercise performance (running, walking and cycling) when consumed in concentrated doses before exercise11,12, making them popular with athletes and amateur sportspersons alike.

Even if we’re not running at top speed, experts believe that beetroot could have positive effects for heart health.

 

Apple

One of the nation’s favourite fruits, apples are rich in flavonoids; plant pigments that have powerful antioxidant properties.  Studies show diets high in flavonoids are linked with a lower risk of heart disease and cancer, with some research finding women who regularly eat apples have a lower risk of heart disease13.

Apples also boast heart healthy fibre known as pectin. This fibre actually helps to lower cholesterol14, and may even provide food for the healthy bacteria in our guts15.

 

Lime

Like all citrus fruits, limes are a brilliant source of cell-protecting vitamin  – a powerful antioxidant16. Studies shows diets rich in vitamin C can protect against inflammation, which may be important for reducing the risk of conditions like heart disease and cancer17. Researchers from Norwich Medical School also think citrus juices may protect against the risk of stroke. The benefits are thanks to naturally pigments in citrus fruits that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits18.

 

Ginger

Traditionally used to treat nausea; ginger has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to treat various diseases and fight infection19.

Studies show the fiery spice is a natural painkiller, which can help to relieve inflammation, soothing muscle aches and pain. As little as two grams of fresh or dried ginger after a workout can help to relieve muscle soreness after a workout.

 

When’s the best time to drink HEALTH?

Containing antioxidant-rich fruits and vitamin C, HEALTH is a great way to boost your body’s natural defences. With less than 100 calories per bottle, HEALTH makes a great snack with added feel-good factor, any time of the day.

 

References

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  6. Nieman DC, Gillitt ND, Henson DA, et al. Bananas as an energy source during exercise: A metabolomics approach. PLoS One 2012;7(5):4-10. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0037479.
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Laura Tilt

Laura Tilt

Laura is an experienced dietitian and health writer who believes in the power of food to improve health and wellbeing. After studying a bachelor's degree in nutrition, she moved to London to complete a Masters in Public Health Nutrition followed by a diploma in Dietetics, becoming a Registered Dietitian in 2012.


You can find more details about Laura over at her website, www.tiltnutrition.co.uk
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