Top 15 Foods for Kidney Health
Because of their strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support, grapes have long been established for their cardiovascular, anti-cancer and anti-aging and longevity benefits. Grapes can also help quench the thirst of dialysis patients that have liquid restrictions.
11. Olive oil
Olive oil is an excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids, which have long been associated with cancer prevention, reduction of risk for heart disease and changes in the body’s immune and inflammatory response. Most notable of the monounsaturated fatty acids is oleic acid as it protects LDL (bad cholesterol) from oxidation. Oxidized LDL forms plaque, a main risk factor for atherosclerosis.
Olive oil is also rich in vitamin E, carotenoids and polyphenols, all of which function as antioxidants that help combat oxidative stress and provides anti-ageing benefits.
Unsurprisingly, the sulfur compounds that give garlic its strong flavor and aroma are also the source of many of its heart-protecting benefits. These are anchored in the sulfur capability to protect blood cells and blood vessels from unwanted inflammation and oxidative stress. These compounds have also been shown to have anticlotting properties and the ability to lower blood pressure levels.
Garlic’s numerous heart healthy benefits can also be attributed to its vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese and selenium content.
Onions contain the highest concentration of polyphenols amongst other allium vegetables. Its hallmark antioxidant, quercetin, provides anti-inflammatory benefits by preventing the oxidation of fatty acids in the body.
Onions are also high in vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that helps to inhibit cancer-forming free radicals. Vitamin C is also used in the synthesis of collagen, the primary building block used to maintain the integrity of our skin and blood vessels.
Eggs are complete protein foods and provide a wide array of nutrients beneficial for the brain, heart and immune system. Egg whites are a good source of riboflavin and selenium, which are important nutrients in the production of energy and elimination of toxins in the body.
Egg yolks are rich in vitamins A, E, B12, D, k, folate and pantothenic acid as well as the minerals calcium, iron, phosphorus, selenium and zinc. All of these help in your body’s metabolism and in the manufacture of red blood cells.
The yolk also contains the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. Together with vitamin E, these can help fend off free radical attacks and provide benefits for your eyes and skin.
The oleic and linoleic fatty acids found in the yolk provide antioxidant protection to blood vessels and keeps them from breaking under pressure. These also provide cardiovascular support by reducing dietary fat and the uptake of cholesterol in the intestines.
Fish is a good source of quality protein as well as anti-inflammatory fats called omega-3 fatty acids. Inflammation in the body can damage blood vessels and lead to heart disease.
Other cardiovascular benefits associated with omega-3 fats include lowering of triglyceride and blood pressure levels, reduce blood clotting and irregular heartbeats and reduce the risk for stroke and heart failure.
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