The human body is a marvel. Its many systems perform countless crucial functions 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
But one, in particular, your circulatory system, really goes above and beyond. It carries blood and lymph throughout your ENTIRE body from head to toe.
Your blood vessels are part of that complex network. They deliver oxygen and nutrients to every single tissue in your body. And they whisk away waste products before they can build up and poison you.
And it turns out giving this hardworking system a little extra support couldn’t be easier. In fact, one of the smallest decisions you make each day can deliver a surprisingly big boost to your blood vessels.
As strange as it sounds, it’s your choice of a snack. Because new research shows how munching on certain nuts could give your blood vessels a big boost.
And as a bonus, this snacking secret could help slim your waistline, too.
The surprising secret to better blood vessels
When your circulatory system is working well, your blood flows swiftly and easily throughout your body.
As a result, you can expect better function in ALL your vital organs, including your brain. And, of course, you’ll also enjoy a lower risk of heart attack and stroke.
But unfortunately, like millions of other folks, you may be quietly suffering from tighter, harder blood vessels. This could raise your risk for everything from organ damage to pain problems to heart-linked emergencies without you even knowing it.
Well, until you have a major health crisis, of course. Then you end up in the back of an ambulance racing to the ER, wondering what happened.
But new research has revealed a simple way you can help head off those problems before they start. And believe it or not, it’s with a handful of nuts each day.
Boost blood flow naturally
The new study happened to focus on senior women. Researchers placed each volunteer on the same diet except for one small difference. Half of the lucky ladies were given a daily snack of mineral-rich Brazil nuts and cashews.
After eight weeks, blood tests found that the women who had been munching on those nuts every day had signs of better function in the endothelium.
Now the endothelium isn’t a part of the body that usually gets much attention. But it should. Because it plays an absolutely vital role in your cardiovascular health.
The endothelium is the lining of your blood vessels. It controls both relaxation and contraction and, as a result, the overall flow of blood.
The women who ate nuts had significantly less inflammation in the endothelium. And that leads to enhanced function of your blood vessels and better overall flow.
That alone is a significant victory. But the women who ate the nuts got another side benefit. They also saw improvements in their body composition, such as lower fat levels.
Support your blood vessels with minerals
Both Brazil nuts and cashews are healthy snack options for nearly everyone. They’re filling, so you’ll eat less, to begin with, and you’re less tempted to snack later.
And, like most other nuts, they’re loaded with healthy fats. But Brazil nuts are on another level. They’re also packed with the superstar minerals selenium, magnesium, and potassium.
All three are crucial to cardiovascular health in general and are especially vital to good blood vessel function. In fact, this dream team of minerals is likely the key to the benefits seen in this new study.
Not a nut fan? Or don’t want to eat them daily? Check your multivitamin and make sure it has selenium. It might be time to shop around for a new one if it doesn’t.
You typically don’t need a separate selenium supplement unless advised by a doctor. The amount in a decent multi will be enough for most people.
Magnesium is another story. It’s often not found in multis, and if it makes an appearance, it’s usually a minimal amount.
But many folks fall short on magnesium in their diets, so you might want to consider a separate magnesium supplement if you’re not already taking one.
Even the FDA has FINALLY admitted that magnesium can benefit heart health. Well, sort of… check out my recent report, FDA’s bizarre magnesium claim is just plain weird, for the whole ridiculous story.
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