The modern lifestyle, stress and the diet that accompanies it, are for many people the main cause of poor cardiovascular health, which is the principal cause of death in the world according to the World Health Organization. High blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and overweight promote narrowing of the arteries, poor oxygenation of the heart, and also coronary heart disease.
It has been scientifically proven that following a Mediterranean-type diet could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. This diet is mainly rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, oilseeds and olive oil. Here are 10 foods that are good for our heart and arteries to be consumed.
1. Garlic – The plant of the Arteries
Garlic has been used since antiquity for its many virtues. It contains many active compounds known as sulfur compounds, including allicin. Many studies have demonstrated its benefits on the prevention of cardiovascular disease (prevention of fat deposition in the arteries), Garlic is also known as a vasodilator, lowering blood pressure.
*it is recommended to daily consume one to two cloves of fresh garlic.