Heart Disease

A whole-foods, plant-based diet has been shown to sweep away arterial plaque. Meals should emphasize vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains.

Include foods high in essential fatty acids such as flaxseeds, olive oil, nuts (except peanuts).

Eat lots of fibre.

Garlic & onions reduce levels of bad cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

The skins of red or purple grapes help clear the arteries of plaque.

Potassium and magnesium are heart-protective minerals. Good sources include green vegetables, whole grains, wheat germ, garlic, legumes, bok choy, and potatoes.

Eliminate or drastically reduce your consumption of saturated fats, trans-fatty acids, or hydrogenated fats. Common sources of saturated fat or cholesterol include milk, poultry, dairy products, butter, eggs, palm oil, and coconut oil. Many foods such as baked goods are made with these ingredients.

Margarine and vegetable shortening contain trans-fatty acids.

Avoid simple sugars as they cause elevated levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, C-reactive protein, insulin, and other markers that contribute to cardiovascular damage.

Reduce sodium consumption.

Quit smoking, and eliminate your exposure to second-hand smoke.

Papayas contain an enzyme called carpain which is extremely valuable to the heart.

Carrot, beet, celery, and asparagus make good juices for the heart.

Nutritional yeast contains lecithin which prevents fats from depositing.

Eat wheat germ and avocados for vitamin E to increase oxygen supply to the heart and improve heart muscle function.

Chlorophyll rich foods such as kelp as well as figs, almonds, and wheat germ, help regulate heart muscle activity.

The decimated fat particles of homogenized milk cause an enzyme to be mobilized which damages artery walls.

Use unrefined cold-pressed nut and seed oils such as flaxseed, walnut, or pumpkin seed oils daily, on salads and dishes which do not require heating.

Exercise is a crucial component of heart fitness. Brisk walk daily for at least 30 minutes. If you have heart disease, consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

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