Quiet and deadly, it creeps up on you while you are least aware of it. And it’s the No. 1 killer in the country.
We’re talking about heart disease, and about 20% of Malaysians are prone to it. Contrary to popular belief, it is heart disease and not breast cancer that is the leading cause of death among women in Malaysia, according to the National Heart Institute or IJN.
In women aged 45 and more, the possibility of heart disease is equal to men. Before menopause, women may have the advantage against men, as their bodies produce sufficient amounts of estrogen to lessen their risk of having a heart attack, compared with men.
But when menopausal kicks in, protection from estrogen declines, and if combined with other risk factors like diabetes and obesity, that’s a heart disease incident waiting to happen.
The reality is that we’re in a country where IJN are seeing patients — men or women — as young as in their 20s undergoing bypass surgery to clear up clogged arteries.
Hence, in conjunction with the World Heart Day that takes place on Sept 29 each year, Juice Works is introducing ‘Heartbeat’, a seasonal drink that is filled with all the natural goodness Mother Nature provides to help us combat against this silent killer.
Made up of the potent juices of grapefruit, cucumber, orange, carrot and apple, Heartbeat is now available at every Juice Works and Juice Works2Go outlets. What’s more, if you’re a Juicy VIP member, you get 10% off the retail price**!
Why Grapefruit? Well, the powerful nutrient combination of fibre, lycopene, vitamin C, potassium and choline in grapefruit helps to maintain a healthy heart. One research found that a diet supplemented with fresh red grapefruit positively influences blood lipid levels, especially triglycerides.
Why Cucumber? Low in calorie and high in fibre and water content, cucumber is also rich in potassium to help lower blood pressure. It also contains polyphenols called lignans, which can potentially reduce the risk of certain cancers and cardiovascular diseases. Another bonus: it is rich in vitamin K, which is essential for bone health.
Why Orange? Researchers have reported that this cheerful fruit has an antioxidant called hesperidin, which improves blood vessel function and helps lower a person’s risk of heart disease. Hesperidin is a plant-based compound called flavonoid, which is said to improve the health of the delicate cells that line blood vessels.
Why Carrot? Carrots are a very good source of both antioxidant alpha and beta carotene, which are converted in the body to retinol (vitamin A), which is good for skin, lungs, immune system and heart health. They also contain the antioxidant lutein, which is vital for eye health.
Why Apple? Studies have shown that eating apples daily can help lower the bad cholesterol called LDL in the body and two other markers associated with plaques and inflammation in artery walls. It seems apples do live up to that old adage of helping to keep the doctor away when eaten daily.
So listen to your heart and pick up that Heartbeat today for a stronger, healthier you!
**Cannot be combined with other ongoing discounts/offers/vouchers
**This seasonal drink is only available till Oct 31
**While stocks last
**Juice Works Malaysia reserves the right of final decision on all matters regarding this promotion