An apple a day lowers level of blood chemical linked to hardening of the arteries. Eating an apple a day might in fact help keep the cardiologist away, new research suggests. In a study of healthy, middle-aged adults, consumption of one apple a day for four weeks lowered by 40 percent blood levels of a substance linked to hardening of the arteries. Intakes of apples or apple polyphenols decease plasma values for oxidized low-density lipoprotein/beta2-glycoprotein I complex
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Improve Arterial Health in Smokers. A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish, could help reduce the damage to the arteries caused by smoking. Researchers treated smoking patients with supplements of the compound, and found improved arterial function. Effects of omega-3 fatty acids on endothelial function, arterial wall properties, inflammatory and fibrinolytic status in smokers: A cross over study.
More Fruit and Veggies Now, Better Arteries Later. Children who eat a lot of fruit and vegetables have healthier, less stiff arteries as young adults than those who don't, according to a new study. Lifetime Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Arterial Pulse Wave Velocity in Adulthood.