Looking for a snack to help lower your blood pressure and LDL cholesterol? Eat a handful of almonds every day for heart-health benefits.
For a crunchy and heart-healthy snack, eat almonds. They’re an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, the same type of nutritious fat found in olive oil. Adding nuts to your diet can help lower your LDL cholesterol and risk of heart disease. Almonds are high in magnesium, with 25 percent of the daily recommended intake in a quarter-cup serving. Magnesium helps your veins and arteries open up and relax, which improves blood flow and lowers your blood pressure. Another great way to add almonds to your diet is Dr. Roxanne Sukol’s protein-rich almond smoothie, made with almond butter, chia seeds and a banana.