Eat to prevent disease. This is what we do in our family and what we recommend to all of our patients.
Consume food as our ancestors and turn your life around!
Healing foods give the body what it needs to prevent not only coronary disease but all disease. The process isn’t difficult, the food is delicious and you will find not only your “paleo weight” but a contentment and satisfaction you can’t get from eating food like substances!
It comes down to lowering inflammation through quality sleep, detoxification, stress management and of course food.
Let’s explore which foods will greatly benefit your overall health and specifically help to prevent coronary artery disease.
Top 11 Foods to Prevent Coronary Artery Disease:
- Seafood – seafood is anti inflammatory and has been shown in studies to help prevent cardiovascular disease. You don’t like seafood? We have you covered. Supplement with Omega DHA. If you enjoy eating fish sure to source clean. We order from and highly recommend Vital Choice.
- Cruciferous Vegetables – vegetables add fiber to assist with detox and they also contain nutrients and phytochemicals that have cardiovascular benefits. Vegetables reduce oxidative stress which leads to cardiovascular disease.
- Avocados – healthy fats lower cholesterol. Avocados are the richest known source of phytosterols which have been shown to lower cholesterol. They are also a great source of potassium and magnesium both of which contribute to heart health.
- Coffee – the polyphenols in coffee prevent LDL damage. You can learn more about this here: “Is Coffee Good or Bad for Cholesterol?” Oxidized or damaged LDL engorges arterial walls with cholesterol which turns into plaque contributing to CAD. CAD patients have higher circulating levels of oxidized LDL.
- Asparagus contains folate which prevents homocysteine from building up. High homocysteine levels lead to damaged arteries. This stalky veggie is rich in the detoxifying compound glutathione which reduces oxidative stress. You can also increase your glutathione with Daily Defense.
- Pumpkin Seeds are a great source of magnesium which helps with sleep and stress. Magnesium also reduces CRP levels by inhibiting inflammation, and it lowers overall cardiovascular risk. For an extra magnesium boost we love Magne 5. Regardless of how much magnesium you are consuming, you most likely need to supplement.
- Walnuts contain compounds that promote and regulate sleep, including melatonin, serotonin, and magnesium. Quality sleep is healing and necessary for cardiovascular health. These nuts improve endothelium-dependent vasodilation thereby decreasing CAD risk.
- Spices – Ginger contains chemical compounds that help to lower cholesterol as well as low density LDL. Both turmeric and ginger have atheroprotective effects by inhibiting inflammatory reactions and lipid accumulation. Use an assortment of spices for heart health such as anise, cloves, coriander, dill, rosemary, saffron and tarragon. Spices also assist with detoxification.
- Beets and beet greens – Beets contain betaine and pectin. Betaine helps to rid the liver of toxins and pectin clears the toxins that have been removed from the liver. Beets are extremely high in antioxidants and support nitric oxide production. Nitric oxide has numerous benefits but in particular vasodilates blood vessels to allow blood to flow smoothly. If you don’t like the taste of beets, try sautéing the greens in garlic and ghee or add Heart Beet powder to your morning smoothie.
- Organ Meats – which include the heart, liver, and kidneys of animals like cows and chickens, are an excellent source of B vitamins, especially B12, B6, riboflavin, and folate, which are essential for stress reduction. B vitamins are necessary for the production of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which help regulate mood. B vitamins also help to reduce homocysteine. If you don’t like organ meats try our Paleo Multi.
- Eggs – eggs are often considered nature’s multivitamin due to the impressive nutrient profile. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. They can help with a healthy stress response and are rich in choline. Choline plays an important role in brain health and may protect against stress.
Keep in mind that not eating at all/fasting will also help to prevent coronary artery disease. “Fasting not only lowers one’s risk of coronary artery disease and diabetes, but also causes significant changes in a person’s blood cholesterol levels.”
Incorporate these fantastic foods and feel yourself healing from the inside out. You can also reverse coronary artery disease and you can read about that here.
Supplements to reverse and prevent CAD:
- Daily Defense– This supplement is loaded with antioxidants and glutathione boosters. It will give your body the tools it needs to get any job done. 2 scoops per day in water or smoothie. Add a tablespoon of coconut butter or almond butter. It is truly delicious!
- Vitamin K2– I suggest 1 cap of Super K per day. K2 keeps the calcium in your bones and out of your arteries. Plenty of data on K2.
- Magnesium– Magne 5, two caps 2x per day. Mag is involved in over 300 different enzymatic reactions in the body. It will assist in plaque reversal as well.
- Berberine– 2 caps 2x per day of our Berbe. This supplement will assist in pulling cholesterol from plaque and bringing it back to the liver for recycling.
- Heart Helpers probiotic– 1 cap daily, 25 billion count, 10 strains. Pure heart health. Good gut bacteria produce nutrients to clear blockages. Give em’ a try.