Part three in my series on nutritious foods that help keep your arteries open so that you have a healthy heart and active and healthy sex life. We are reviewing the top six food for great sex and a healthy heart. [more]
Dark green leafy vegetables. It doesn’t matter which ones you like, they all contain antioxidants, minerals, iron, and tons of micro and macro nutrients! Asparagus, broccoli, spinach, romaine lettuce, kale, green peppers, brussel sprouts, sweet peas, and just about anything else that is green! They also contain plenty of fiber and should help your digestive system equilibrate and balance. If you are on a blood thinner called coumadin, you don’t have to eliminate these from your diet, just make sure you eat the same amount of green vegetables each day to make sure your blood thinning level (INR) doesn’t fluctuate. Antioxidants roam around your body absorbing and neutralizing free radicals that can cause oxidative damage to your organs and cause plaque formation in your arteries.
Berries! Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries! Berries of all kinds. They contain tremendous amounts of antioxidants, fiber, and lots of micronutrients. All berries are very low glycemic index foods that will not raise your blood sugar, not cause weight gain, but taste heavenly! Blueberries in particular, nature’s only “blue food,” contain polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that include phenolics acids, tannins, flavonoids and anthocyanins and research indicates that they reduce plaque formation and improve endothelial function. In addition, both blueberries and blackberries are thought to dilate blood vessels and improve circulation via the nitric oxide pathway (similar to the way Viagra works). Strawberries are high in folate and vitamin C, a potential libido booster! If you want to jazz up your berries and make them look and taste sexier, dip them in dark chocolate (another antioxidant powerhouse)!
Adding these foods to your diet will not only provide you with delicious snacks, but will also lead to a healthier heart and a healthier, longer-lasting sex life! (Your partner will be happy too!)
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