Dark Chocolate

     Dark chocolate lowers blood pressure because of the flavanols it contains. Flavanols keep the arteries from hardening which helps keep the blood flowing freely.

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     Almonds are not the only nut with health benefits, but they are super good for you. Almonds help to stop the risk of arrhythmias and cut down the bad cholesterol LDL. They contain sterols that lower the absorption of LDL from the foods you eat. Some cholesterol is made by your body and not from anything that you eat.

     Almonds also have unsaturated fat that help the liver to limit the amount of LDL that it makes. At the same time it helps the liver to manufacture HDL the good cholesterol.
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     Sardines have one of the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids. They raise good HDL and lower triglycerides. They help to lower the risk of abnormal heart rhythms and lower the inflammation that can cause plaque to break and cause deadly blood clots in the arteries.

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       Kale helps to avoid hardening of the arteries, called atherosclerosis. It is just full of antioxidants, fiber, folate, potassium, vitamin E, lutein, and omega-3 fatty acid. As an added plus kale also has something called glucoraphanin which activates a special protein named Nrf2. This protein coats the inside of your arteries to prevent plaque from sticking to artery walls.                                                                                                                                                                    

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Red Wine

     Red wine raises the HDL in our bodies and keeps clotting of plaque down. Red wine has polyphenols which have that effect on plaque. It helps keep the arteries from hardening. One glass per day is recommended because women who drink more than that have a greater risk of breast credit: filtran via photopin cc