What to Eat for a Healthy Heart and a Healthy Mind
3. Eat More Produce
People with high blood pressure found that for every serving of fruits and vegetables eaten, their blood flow improved (and, thus, blood pressure lowered), according to a study in the journal Circulation. In another study of adults over age 65, those who had about three servings of vegetables each day showed 40 percent less mental decline on cognitive tests than people who ate few or no vegetables. There’s another reason to load up on produce—potassium, a nutrient abundant in bananas, baked potatoes, tomatoes and artichokes, may counteract the harmful effect of salt in our diets by helping to prevent artery walls from thickening, thus reducing blood pressure.