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Lower Blood Pressure & LDL Cholesterol with Almonds

Looking for a snack to help lower your blood pressure and LDL cholesterol? Eat a handful of almonds every day for heart-health benefits.

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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.

 
 

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Magnesium helps your bones absorb Calcium!

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For strong bones, make sure you’re getting enough magnesium. Without it, bones can’t absorb calcium.

Many Americans do not get the recommended amounts of this essential mineral. Magnesium helps your immune system, maintains normal muscle and nerve function, keeps your heart rhythm steady and your bones strong. Having an adequate supply of magnesium in the body may also help protect against heart disease. Without this mineral, bones have a hard time absorbing calcium. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels and promotes normal blood pressure. Some foods that are high in magnesium include pumpkin seeds (pepitas), spinach, almonds, wheat germ, peanuts, Swiss chard, halibut, black beans, sunflower seeds, wheat bran, bananas, avocados, dried apricots and soybeans.

 

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