Oh the power this little fruit has. Packed with fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants; blueberries are known to prevent blood clots and reduce artery inflammation. Not a fan of them? Strawberries have similar benefits as well. Include blueberries in a smoothie for breakfast and you are sure to find yourself feeling energized. Try this recipe:
This green treat is packed with healthy monounsaturated fat, which lowers LDL levels. Infused with vitamin E, fiber, folic acid, and vitamin B; its perfect on a salad or as a dip (guacamole anyone?).
Oranges contain pectin, a soluble fiber that sops up cholesterol in food and blocks its absorption. The potassium in oranges helps counterbalance salt, and keeps blood pressure under control.
This dark leafy green boasts a bevy of heart-healthy antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamin E. All of which create a coating that aids against plaque sticking to the arteries.
5. Dark Chocolate
This semi-sweet treat is rich in compounds called flavanols, which improve blood vessel flexibility. We can all get them from chocolate--a few squares a day
The plant sterols in these nuts help reduce the absorption of cholesterol from the diet, while the unsaturated oils encourage healthy and balanced cholesterol levels
This cold water fish contains some of the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids---good fats that lower harmful triglycerides, raise protective HDL (High-density lipoprotein), reduce potentially fatal heart arrhythmias, and tamp down inflammation
Packed with lean vegetable protein and fiber, lentils are considered a dietary must in the fight against heart disease. They also contain folate, magnesium, and potassium---the latter two of which fight hypertension.
9. Red Wine
Most alcohol boost HDL, the "good" cholesterol in the body that prevents plaque buildup in the arteries. However red wine contains compounds called polyphenols that help keep blood vessels flexible and reduce the risk of unwanted clotting. While red wine is good for you, it is not so good when consumed excessively. In this case, one glass will do ya.
Much like medications that lower high blood pressure, garlic helps reduce angiotensin, an enzyme which constricts blood vessels.