Did you know that food can prevent, treat, and reverse coronary artery disease? Food is medicine, although you may not hear this from your MD.
As a board-certified cardiologist, I believe the best way to treat heart problems is to avoid them all together. When it comes to prevention, nothing is more important than proper nutrition. I recommend eating an organic, Paleo diet which incorporates the whole foods below.
Top 10 foods to prevent and maintain clean arteries (and reverse coronary artery disease)
- Grass-fed Beef
Saturated fat does not increase the risk of heart disease. In fact, meat is not only a complete source of protein, but also packed with essential vitamins and minerals. You’ll get the most bang for your buck eating small portions of organ meats like heart, liver, and kidney on a routine basis as well. See our Carnivore Series for more information.
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Kale is a dark green leafy vegetable full of medicinal value. It’s a great source of fiber, Vitamin K, and Vitamin C. These nutrients improve the lipid profile, help retain calcium in bones and OUT of arteries, and are antioxidants which promote healthy arteries. Kale also contains sulforaphane which is associated with lower cancer risk. Check out our Heart Greens to get all your green nutrients in one shot.
Beets are a magical superfood that can reduce the risk of heart disease. They normalize blood pressure, open blood vessels improving blood flow, and reduce homocysteine (linked to heart disease and dementia risk). Beets or Beetroot are also powerful antioxidants and naturally thin your blood. Need to hide the flavor? Try beet powder in a refreshing smoothie.
This is a nutrient dense, blue-green algae that cuts the risk of heart disease by reducing tissue damage caused by oxidative stress. It improves blood pressure control, decreases stroke risk, and lowers cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar. An added bonus is its ability to bind to heavy metals This means it’s a great idea to use daily or especially after eating seafood. Try this Superfood in your next green drink/smoothie.
- Wild Caught Salmon
This fish contains two crucial omega-3’s, EPA and DHA, which lower the risk of heart disease, improve heart rhythm, and also help with depression, dementia, and arthritis. If you don’t like fish, you can get your omega-3s in Biomega-3 Liquid or CardiOmega. For the best seafood in the world, delivered on dry ice right to your door, check out NaturalHeartDoctor.com/seafood. I suggest the wild salmon roe!
Avocado is a great source of vitamin C, fiber, magnesium and potassium. These nutrients are crucial to good health. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that blocks free radical damage. Fiber helps keep cholesterol in check and prevents colon cancer. Potassium is important because it plays a role in every single heartbeat and every muscle contraction. Without potassium the heart would not be able to squeeze and pump blood through your body. It is also good for muscle movement, nerve and kidney function. That’s why we call this Avo-Cardio.
Organic almonds are loaded with nutrients like heart protective antioxidant vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, and can also raise protective HDL Cholesterol. When soaked and properly prepared, these gems offer a heart-healthy, fulfilling snack.
Rich in vitamins, phytonutrients and antioxidants, broccoli is a powerhouse for heart health. In one serving, you will be dosed with Vitamins A, C, K, and folate, as well as key minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, and selenium. Certain flavonoids in broccoli also have an anti-inflammatory effect which is key to optimal cardiovascular health.
Eggs could be classified as a perfect food and are sometimes referred to as “nature’s multivitamin”. One egg contains not only quality fats and proteins, but also Vitamins: A, B2, B5, and B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron, potassium, calcium and many more. They also raise our protective HDL to fight heart disease and are loaded with choline which is great for our brain.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This liquid gold may play a significant role in reducing atherosclerosis (aka clogged arteries). It contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties like Vitamin E and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Make sure you consume olive oil that is organic, cold-pressed, extra virgin in glass bottles like this one.
**Eating organic and properly preparing your food is crucial to accessing nutrients.
***Need some recipe ideas for the food above? Check out this article: Clean Out Your Arteries with These 8 Delicious Recipes