Our heart is the most precious organ we have, and so vital to every aspect of health. Optimal blood flow is essential to ensure oxygen and vital nutrients can reach every cell within our body. A healthy heart it plays an essential role in allowing us to achieve a long and healthy life.
Vitamin E helps to prevent the development of atherosclerosis, by protecting our harmful LDL cholesterol from damage and preventing its build up within blood vessel walls.
Vitamin E can also help keep the blood thin, which can minimise blood clots and keeps blood pressure low.
Top sources: sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach and avocado.
This is the wonder mineral, which keeps blood pressure in check by relaxing arteries. By upping your magnesium-rich foods and lowering salt intake, you may make improvements to blood pressure in just one month.
Top sources: green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds.
If you have high cholesterol, soluble fibre is just too important to go amiss. This special fibre binds to harmful LDL cholesterol and bile acids in the digestive tract. This means that cholesterol is eliminated from the body rather than absorbed into the bloodstream.
Top sources: oats, oat bran, beans, lentils, sweet potato, almonds, apples and flax seeds.
Arteries have a tendency to harden and lose their elasticity with age, which can lead to high blood pressure. Vitamin C can help slow this process as it is involved within the development of collagen – an essential component to keep arteries supple.
Top source: papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, strawberries and kiwi fruit.
Omega 3 fish oils have potent anti-inflammatory benefits, therefore a perfect food to protect arteries from damage. Fish oils also work well in combination with vitamin E to prevent blot clots and increase our heart protective HDL cholesterol.
Top sources: wild salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies.