Can I ask you something? Do you want to die of heart attack? Thought so. If you are not aware, CVD (cardiovascular disease) is considered number one killer in the world. Statistics says so. With such death rates, who doesn’t want to preserve their heart from any bane that may try to attack it?
Maintaining a healthy cardio life is not as impossible as you think. Though clogging of the arteries (thanks to bad cholesterol’s), genetics, dietary lifestyle, stress etc. have a good role to essay in your cardio life, you can prevent and repair damages to your heart. Here are super foods that help in unclogging your arteries while teasing your taste buds as well. There are many recipes out there but I won’t recommend any mainly because herbs when consumed raw deliver optimum results. There I said it.
It might keep people away from approaching you but don’t bother coz the garlic is one of the sexy foods that will keep you toned and strike a balance between your bad and good cholesterol levels. Apart from inhibiting clogging of arteries, garlic has the power to kill virus, infectious disease and even the dreaded cancer.
Studies show that consuming 4000 mcg of the content called allicin found in garlic can lower the cholesterol level that can also trigger spreading cancerous cells in the body. They also prevent blood clots from forming. So what are you waiting for? Load up 1-4 cloves of garlic a day and stay away from cancer. The taste is quite strong but then deal with it if you care about your heart.
Any infection in your arteries can leave a space that in long time can lead to a settling place for many proteins, nutrients, LDL cholesterol and other sediments. This will ultimately lead to clogging of your arteries due to plague build up. Having pomegranate regularly will not only clear out any build up but also naturally stimulate the production of nitric oxide in blood. Toss few in your fruit salad and chow it down.
One of the most used herbs in Indian recipes, turmeric has a vital content called curcumin. This compound has the ability to reduce fatty deposits in the arteries by 26%. This is a good new for those who crave for a healthy heart.
A versatile food, chia seeds have been used from ancient generations. It is one of the powerful foods for instant energy as they are loaded with fiber. But did you know that the alpha-linolenic acid in chia seeds can not only balance the blood pressure levels but also cut down the high triglycerides that are the main reason for CVD? They also boost the HDL cholesterol while lowering the bad (LDL) levels.
A controversial herb, cinnamon has received a bash from few health experts. However when consumed wisely cinnamon is a life savior for many health reasons. Right from curing ovarian cyst to lowering cholesterol, a tablespoon of cinnamon can prolong your heart a good extent. Rich in antioxidants, cinnamon is a must have in your dietary routine.
An apple a day can keep cholesterol away as well. This is because the pectin content in apple can slow down the clogging process in the arteries. As per a research conducted by the Ohio State University, daily intake of cholesterol can cut hardening of arteries by 40%.
Rich in antioxidants such as carotenoid lycopene, they are responsible for giving tomatoes their luscious red color. This content is also found in green varieties as well. Antioxidants have the ability to significantly reduce the oxidation of LDLs that can lead to atherosclerosis. Tomatoes are also good for your bone health.
Leafy veggies or other greenies are powerful busters of any plague buildup. So stock your kitchen with rich green leafy veggies such as spinach, lettuce etc. They possess antioxidizing vitamins that inhibit oxidation of cholesterol. Apart from the above feature, they are rich in fiber, potassium and folate that can lower your blood pressure levels. One serving a day of folate rich leafy greens can lower your homocysteine level that are the primary cause of CVD.
A change in lifestyle also plays a prominent role so make sure you exercise everyday and maintain a healthy body to keep up a young heart in the years to come.
Thanks for reading this article. If you got any more health tips, feel free to pin it down.
Originally posted 2013-03-04 00:00:01.