“Garbage” Secret BOOSTS Heart
Think about all you’ve done over the years… the number of stairs you climbed, the yardwork or house DIY projects…
Everything you do requires your heart to pump blood, sometimes more than usual.
And after years and years of working tirelessly to keep you going, it wears down…
This and other factors – like irregular heartbeat, blockage, or blood vessel problems – can put you right in the line of fire for heart disease.
But there’s a way to stop it before it starts.
Because researchers have discovered that a certain “garbage” secret can boost your heart.
And it could be in your kitchen trash right now.
Research from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences suggests orange peels can improve your heart health.
Evidence shows that gut microbiota has an important role in keeping your heart healthy, especially when it comes to preventing heart disease.
You see, there are certain substances that your body breaks down into a substance called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO).
High levels of TMAO, according to researchers from the Cleveland Clinic, can indicate future heart diseases like stroke or heart attack.
But your gut microbiota can help prevent TMAO from damaging your heart.
The lead researcher from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences says that orange peels contain nutrients that “interfere with the production of TMAO” which can keep fatty deposits from lining the inner walls of your arteries.
While more research is needed on how orange peels affect TMAO specifically, there are other heart-healthy reasons to keep those peels from going into the trash :
- They are rich in flavonoids like hesperidin which lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
- Polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs) in the peels also lower cholesterol BETTER than prescription drugs!
- They contain higher amounts of nutrients, like vitamin C
Chewing on an orange peel might not sound ideal to you.
For a tastier option, grate the peels and add it to some trail mix or top your salad or some oatmeal. You can also dehydrate the peels for a snack or steep some in a cup of tea.