keep your blood pressure in check
How do blood vessels function
The blood vessels are pipe-like structures through which the blood is transported to the tissues and organs. Depending on what kind of blood they transport, there are arteries and veins. The arteries are blood vessels which deliver oxygen rich blood and the veins deliver blood filled with carbon dioxide.
The wall of the arteries is built with three plies: inner one, middle one and outer one. When in the inner one begins to accumulate deposits of calcium, lipids, cholesterol, fibrin, the diameter of the artery narrows down and makes difficult for the blood to circulate. Deprivation of the elasticity and the thickening of the walls of the blood vessels is known as atherosclerosis.
The high level of LDL (the bad cholesterol), the low level of HDL (the good cholesterol) and the high blood pressure are the most common reasons for creation of those deposits.
Food can protect the walls of the blood vessels and reduce the creation of atheromatous deposits.
Here are some foods that will help you to protect the health of your blood vessels
The most know guardian of the blood vessels health is garlic. The garlic reduces the LDL level (the bad cholesterol) in the blood and prevents creation of fat deposits into blood vessels. The most recent studies show that the substances released while digestion of the garlic the blood vessels relax and due to it the blood flow is increased.
Include at least 1 to 4 arlics of garlic in the daily menu. It is best when consumed raw, but nevertheless you can add it to soups and other meals in combination with different vegetables and meat.
Due to the essential lipid acids the olive oil successfully reduces the level of the bad cholesterol and raises up the level of the good cholesterol. Additionally, the olive oil is rich in substances which preclude creation of fat deposits in the blood vessels.
Besides its tastiness, the watermelon is guardian of the health of blood vessels. This fruit is natural source of the amino acid L-citruline which helps in reducing the inflammation of the blood vessels and reducing the blood pressure.
Therefore, whenever you can, serve the watermelon on your table and make fruit salad or fresh squeezed watermelon juice.
These nuts are abundant with nonsaturated fat acids which help regulate the cholesterol. Besides that, almonds are rich with magnesium which prevents creation of fat deposits in the blood vessels.
You should consume 3 to 5 times a week a palm of raw almonds.
Broccoli is rich with the vitamin K, which prevents the calcium to damage the walls of the blood vessels. This vegetable is rich with sulforaphan, substance which helps the body to use proteins in order to prevent forming fat deposits in the blood vessels.
It is proven that when broccoli is used 2 – 3 times a week, it helps cleaning the blood vessels. It is best this vegetable to be taken raw, steamed or roasted on barbeque.
Salmon is rich with Omega-3 fat acids which rise up the level of the good cholesterol and fight against creating deposits of fat in the blood vessels. Additionally, the salmon regulates the level of triglycerides and soothes the inflammation of the blood vessels.
It is advised consumption of 2 salmon dishes weekly. It is best to be prepared on steam or barbequed.
Blood vessels reduce their flexibility from cholesterol and narrow down their diameter, so the blood flow is disabled. Avocado helps in reducing the level of the bad cholesterol and so implicitly prevents the development of those processes.
Additionally, avocado has allot with vitamin E which helps in reducing the blood pressure.
If it is affordable to you, take one avocado daily. You can include it in your daily menu as topping or in salad.
Scientists believe that due to the high concentration of the C vitamin and the polyphonies which are present in the orange, the blood vessels are cleaned.
The flaxen seed is one of the best sources of Omega-3 lipid acid. With Omega-3 lipid acids the blood pressure goes down and the blood vessels are cleaned from the fat deposits. So, don`t forget in the next meal to include the flaxen seed.
Thanks to the rich combination of minerals and vitamins, including K, B1, B2, C and E vitamin, the asparagus is one of the best groceries for cleaning the blood vessels. This vegetable lowers the blood pressure and helps fighting many cardiovascular diseases.
To use to the maximum the nutritious value of the asparagus, eat it raw or prepare it on steam.