On the Dr. Oz Show today, after discussing ways to fight stress with supplements, prevent the flu, holiday heart attacks and food poisoning, Dr. Oz revealed some tips for unclogging your arteries, the benefits of olives and three things he keeps in his bag.
30-Second Kitchen Fixes for Clogged Arteries
When plaque builds up in your veins, it can clog up the system and blood can’t get through. These three kitchen fixes helps to scrub that plaque out and keep your blood flowing smoothly.
Blood Flowing Smoothie
- 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 5 strawberries
Blend together and enjoy for breakfast.
Spice Up Your Veggies
Add Oregano to green beans: This helps to lower the LDL and raise the HDL cholesterol.
Add Dark Cocoa Powder to butternut squash: not only does this taste great, but the flavanoids in dark cocoa help your heart health as well.
Drink Mulled Wine
Red wine that has been heated with cinnamon and cloves is good for your heart. Cinnamon dilates your blood vessels and lowers your blood pressure. Cloves relax your heart so it doesn’t work so hard.
Olives, olive leaves and olive oil is totally a superfood.
Olive Leaf Extract helps to prevent heart disease. In the pill form — which is a lot more palatable — 500 mg twice a day is recommended for helping to prevent blood clots, but start out with only 500mg once a day.
Olive Oil helps to prevent breast cancer. It contains oleic acid which studies have shown to inhibit the Her-2 gene. This gene is usually overactive in some types of breast cancer. Be sure to get Extra Virgin olive oil, and especially look for “cold-pressed.” Try to eat 2-4 tablespoons a day.
Kalamata Olives help prevent colon cancer because they contain a significant amount of phenol called hydroxytyrosol (up to 2mg per olive!). Eat 8-10 olives a day.
3 Things Dr. Oz Keeps In His Bag
1. Pumpkin seeds. A good source of calcium and magnesium and give you a hunger fix without the sugar in granola.
2. Disposable toothbrush. Great for keeping your teeth and gums healthy as well as fighting bad breath.
3. Sunglasses. Protect your eyes from UV radiation damage. Be sure you get the ones that block 99% of UV rays.