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To keep your heart beating strong, it is important to take care of your arteries – all 50,000 miles of them. One way to ensure that your arteries are in tip-top shape is by consuming fruits and vegetables. And one of the best ways to get enough produce in your diet is by whipping up a NutriBullet smoothie!
Your arteries have a lining called endothelium. That lining was once thought to be just a “wallpaper” in the artery, but it’s now understood that the endothelium is the key to living a long and healthy life. In 1988, a group of pharmacologists won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering a key chemical produced in the endothelium: nitric oxide (NO).
What is the big deal about NO? Nitric oxide plays a major role in heart health. Some of its key functions include the following:
We all want a healthy endothelium. Luckily, there are certain foods that boost the production of NO to power our health and fitness. Many of these foods contain rich concentrations of L-arginine, which may help improve blood flow. Aim to add more of these foods to your diet:
These foods are the perfect ingredients for a heart-healthy NutriBullet smoothie! I love making a summertime smoothie using watermelon because it’s both delicious and good for the arteries.
There are countless ways that you can use your NutriBullet to boost your arterial health. Many green vegetables, like kale and spinach, have dietary nitrates. You can’t see these chemicals, but they’re there. Whether you chew them or make them into a smoothie, there are pathways that convert them into even more nitric oxide to help you and your arteries stay healthy.
The next time you take out your NutriBullet, look at it like a little chemistry set for making important contributions to your health! Blend together watermelon, greens, beets, nuts, and other heart-healthy ingredients to create a concoction that your arteries and your heart will love.
Dr. Kahn is the founder of the award-winning Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity, the most advanced integrative heart clinic for the detection and prevention of heart disease in the Midwest (www.kahnlongevitycenter.com), and the co-founder and medical director of the largest plant-based support group in the world (www.pbnsg.org). He’s also a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Associate Professor at Oakland University-Beaumont School of Medicine and lectures internationally on heart attack prevention and heart disease reversal.
Kahn is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine. In addition to being a Fox TV commentator, he has a national public TV show, The Whole Heart Solution. He has authored three #1 bestselling in books with two more on the way, one titled Vegan Sex. He’s the owner of the largest bar and cafe in the Midwest, GreenSpace Cafe. Dr. Kahn also has a passion for music and has produced a Broadway musical.
Dr. Joel Kahn is very proud of his wife and elementary school sweetheart, Karen, and his 3 children and their mates. He adores his two rescue dogs, Jake and Eva. He's a practitioner of mindfulness, intermittent fasting, yoga, and laughter. His goal is to help you live to 100 with health and vitality by combining integrative, lifestyle and plant-based training.