African-Americans often develop heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes due to a combination. This can be the result of poor eating habit or genetics.

One recently opened business is catering to those who are changing their dietary habits. Sunset Raw Juice Bar, in Owings Mills, Md., specializes in acai bowls, smoothies, wellness shots and cold-press juices.

The Extravaganza Acai Bowl is one of many dishes served at Sunset Raw Juice Bar in Owings Mills. (Courtesy photo)

The bar is owned by Gerrard Sheppard, a former Ravens player, and his family. Shanae Sheppard, one of the owners, told the AFRO, “My family and I have been juicing since 2011.”  Sheppard, a vegetarian who recently became a vegan, could never find a place that specialized in healthy foods so she and her family began to juice. While the family loved to juice at home, they found that cutting the fruit and vegetables, juicing it and cleaning up was too time consuming and costly.

The Sheppard family, which has lived in Owings Mills for decades, decided to invest in their own community. Everything in the bar is fresh and all natural, which means no added sugars or preservatives. “We take the fruit from the ground, from the tree and we press it and bottle it up for our customers,” Sheppard said.

The Sheppard’s use local farmers to help serve up their healthy delights, including Coastal Produce who specializes in organic products.  Everything on the menu from the smoothies to the acai bowls, the family first tried at home to make sure it tasted right.

“We also sent the recipes in our heads to a professional chief in LA, who made sure all of our proportions were right because we wanted to make sure that our customers were getting the proper nutrients from each fruit, not just flavor,” Sheppard said.

Sunset Raw juice bar also offers cleanse packages ranging from three to five days, where customers follow the Sheppard’s healthy regimen at home.

Some of the shots offered are anti-inflammation shoots, wheatgrass shoots and glow shots, which contains aloe vera.  The anti-inflammation shot is meant to knock out any mucus in the chest and nasal cavities.  “If you have a cold, flu or even sinuses, as you drink it, by the next day, you feel everything start to clear up,” Sheppard said.

The glow shot aims to promote healthy skin and nails.  The aloe vera shot is designed to hydrate the body.

The prices range from $4.95 for shoots to $12.45 for the acai bowls.  Frozen shots are also available for $1.50.

The Sunset Juice Bar is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.  The bar is located at 10160 Reisterstown Rd, Suite 20 in Owings Mills.