As you work to keep your diet healthy, you are probably thinking about heart health as well as weight loss. But what about arterial health? Clogged arteries are an invitation for high cholesterol and heart disease, so it is important to concentrate not only on your heart and waistline but on your arteries too.
There are five super foods you should include in your diet to keep your arteries healthy. These super foods have powerful disease fighting properties that will help to keep your arteries from becoming blocked.
Almonds: Nuts have fat, yes. But almonds contain monounsaturated fat which is considered to be a good fat. Monounsaturated fats can help to lower your cholesterol, keeping your arteries healthy. Almonds contain a healthy amount fiber and vitamin E as well. They help to control blood sugar and insulin levels. Try to eat two ounces of almonds at least five times during the week.
Salmon: Salmon is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids stabilize your heart rate, lower your triglycerides (a blood fat) and slow down the growth of atheroscierotic plaque. Eat 12 ounces of fish weekly, as recommended by the FDA.
Broccoli: Steam broccoli lightly and enjoy its leafy, somewhat bitter taste because it is that slight bitterness that contains cancer-fighting chemicals. Broccoli is known for its cancer fighting properties, detoxifying harmful chemicals in your blood stream.
Green Tea: Green tea contains antioxidants called polyphenois. Some are thought to cause cancer cells to die, while it is known that green tea controls blood sugar and lowers cholesterol. Try some with a bit of organic honey and a sprig of mint. Delicious and healthy!
Blueberries: Blueberries are simply packed with healthy antioxidants. Try frozen blueberries in smoothies, eat them frozen as a snack or add them to healthy cereal and yogurt. Blueberries help to neutralize free radicals which can damage your DNA.