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Parsley

This green edible is rich in apigenin, a type of flavonoid that appears to slow the growth of prostate cancer cells in lab studies. Parsely is one of many different kinds of flavonoids.

 

Peaches

Dried peaches help keep your blood pressure (BP) in the safety zone.

Like banana, dried peaches and dried apricots are a super source of BP-friendly minerals.. Ounce for ounce, dried peaches [or dried apricots] deliver nearly six times the potassium as bananas. This mineral helps control blood pressure.

Your body relies on minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium to regulate blood pressure.

 

Pistachios

We all know that the cholesterol battle is won by increasing the good fats [HDL] and lowering the bad fats [LDL]. Cholesterol lowering super foods both decrease the HDL and increase the LDL. Pistachio nuts are one of such foods.

This is great news for your heart. Pistachios not only boost HDL but also can move cholesterol ratios (HDL to total and HDL to bad) in positive directions when the nuts are used as a replacement for high-fat snacks. Pistachios can even improve apolipoprotein B levels.

 

Polyphenols

The antioxidant action of polyphenols, such as those found in red grapes, help protect the heart. Polyphenols can be found in:

  • Red Wine - resveratrol, quercetin, and catechin.
  • Whole red grapes
  • Red grape juice.

High intake is associated with as much as a 40 percent drop in heart disease risk.

The key health benefits of Polyphenols are:

  • keep blood cells from sticking together and forming clots
  • prevent free radical damage better than vitamins C and E,
  • counter inflammation of blood vessel walls.
  • inhibit a biochemical change within heart cells that leads to heart rhythm disorders and heart failure.

For adequate polyphenols, aim for five servings of vegetables and four servings of fruit daily, particularly:

  • Catechins - grapes, chocolate, and berries.
  • Resveratrol - peanuts
  • Quercetin - apples, grapefruit, onions, and black tea.

 

Potassium

Potassium has a positive effect on blood pressure, the right foods may help bring it down. Both Potassium chloride, found in some blood pressure medications, and potassium citrate, the all-natural form in fruits and vegetables, both significantly lower blood pressure in people with hypertension.

The extra potassium brought the study participants' systolic blood pressure (the top number) down by about 13 points and lowered their diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) by about 5 points.

Other potassium-rich fruits and juices include: cantaloupe, honeydew melon, watermelon, orange juice, and grapefruit juice.

 

Protein

Protein is essential for muscle growth and arterial walls. Just one week without adequate protein will impact the rate of age related muscle deterioration. In a world of high-protein diets and meat-laden meals, it is hard to believe that many adults fail to get sufficient protein.

Prunes

Prunes are a dehydrated variety of European plums. They contain high levels of vitamin A and beta-carotene [antioxidant] which play a vital role in maintaining healthy vision. They also help combat acne and other skin conditions. Prunes assist with a wide range of health and antiaging.

Dietary fibre - making them ideal as a natural laxative to help maintain colon health, helping to protect against constipation, hemorrhoids, and diverticulitis.

Iron - a source of iron

Respiratory - help with the process of respiration

Cellular level - synthesize hemoglobin to carry the oxygen throughout our systems

Low Sodium : High Potassium - helps regulate your blood pressure and reduce water retention. Potassium also assists the muscles and nervous system to perform a peak levels.

Magnesium - helps maintain energy levels and to relax the muscles, nerves and blood vessels in the body. It helps to alleviate sore muscles, effects of asthma and migraine headaches.

Copper - helps protect against inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, as well as maintaining elasticity in blood vessels, connective tissues and joints.

Manganese - a vital co-factor in support of numerous enzymatic activities within the body.

Phenolic elements - such as phytonutrients, chlorogenic acid and neochlorogenic acid, These act as antioxidants that work to eradicate free radicals from the body.

Caution - Prunes should not be consumed by anyone with untreated or current kidney or gallbladder condition.

 

 

 
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