Remember that ship that plugged up the Suez Canal this summer? You know, the one. It brought a massive chunk of global trade to a screeching halt.
We all watched, mesmerized for days on end. Because it just didn’t seem real.
But here’s the thing. There’s a good chance you could have a similar situation going on right now, deep inside your own body. But in this case, it could bring your LIFE to a halt.
You see, when you have coronary heart disease, your most important blood vessels can start to plug up with plaque. As they begin to narrow, blood flow decreases to your heart.
But new research reveals one change you can make starting today that could help dislodge the junk, clear the blockage, and keep the blood flowing.
Best of all? Odds are, it’s something you’ve been thinking about doing anyway.
This delicious plan protects blood vessels
Now it’s not exactly breaking news that the right diet can help protect your blood vessels, of course. But let’s face it. Many people quit those diets. Or they never even bother to start them in the first place.
And the reason why is simple. Quite frankly, they STINK.
I think I’d rather risk a heart issue myself than be forced to choke down that bland low-fat fare forever. Because nibbling on nothing but celery sticks and leaves for the rest of my days sure doesn’t sound much like living to me.
I mean, sure, I enjoy a fresh salad and some crunchy veggies as much as the next gal or guy. But I can’t imagine not having ANY delicious variety in my diet.
And I’m certainly not going to suggest you do what I wouldn’t do myself.
But that’s what makes the latest research so encouraging. Because it clearly shows you don’t have to give up everything you love to stop the damage of coronary heart disease and save your own life.
In fact, all you have to do is go Mediterranean. As in the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet.
Make it Mediterranean for a healthier heart
Scientists divided more than 900 volunteers with coronary heart disease into two groups. Group one followed conventional medicine’s idea of a “healthy diet.” That, of course, is a low-fat plan that tastes a lot like cardboard and makes you hate your food and your life.
But the lucky ducks in group two were put on a delicious and varied Mediterranean diet. You know, the kind of plan that’s easy to follow and stick to.
The two groups were then tracked for years. At year five and again at year seven, when researchers checked in, they got a surprise. The folks following the Mediterranean diet had major improvements in what’s known as the IMT-CC. That’s a key measure of the thickness of the carotid arteries.
Meanwhile, the participants on the low-fat diet—the one that mainstream medicine insists is so fantastic for our heart health—had almost no change in that measure at all.
Plus, the worse off your blood vessels are, the more of a difference the Mediterranean diet appears to make. The volunteers with the highest IMT-CC readings at the start of the study had the most impressive improvements by the end of it.
In other words, the BIGGEST benefits went to the people who needed them the most.
The folks in group two had bigger improvements in other important heart health measures, too, including…
- carotid plaque maximum height
- HDL “good” cholesterol
- inflammation levels
But this is far from the first time we’ve seen these kinds of benefits in those who follow a Mediterranean-style diet.
Slash your risks with a Mediterranean diet
Time and time again, this approach to eating has proven to help cut major cardiovascular risks, including heart attack and stroke. Plus, it may help ward off cognitive decline and dementia.
It’s even at the center of the “grow 3 years younger in 8 weeks” plan I shared earlier this summer.
Best of all, the Mediterranean diet is easy to follow. Eat a moderate amount of red meat. Eliminate processed foods. Limit carbs to healthy complex ones. And put fresh fish, poultry, olive oil, veggies, and some whole fruits front and center.
Oh, and the Mediterranean diet even allows you to enjoy a little dark chocolate and a glass of wine when you like. Sign me up!