To wrap up our series on endothelial health, focused on recent research linking COVID-19 infection to significant rises in cardiovascular diseases, and how to limit the risk of developing a CVD after COVID-19 infection, we’re focusing on dietary recommendations for overall endothelial health with the aim of reversing endothelial dysfunction.

Endothelial dysfunction has been proven to play a role in the development and progression of atherosclerosis and  may also contribute to type 2 diabetes. Endothelial dysfunction typically precedes cardiovascular diseases by many years, so it’s an excellent place to focus your efforts to reduce your risk factors.

Specific dietary recommendations include:

Studies also show avoidance of grains, beans, fruit, poultry and nightshades along with supplement use decreased endothelial dysfunction over time.

If you want to conduct a deep dive into the research on the link between diet and endothelial health, this systematic review includes research from 1990-2012 that you might find a valuable resource.

Finally, although most of the focus on endothelial health has been focused on a pharmacological approach, experts recommend paying more attention to the role of EPCs (endothelial progenitor cells), specifically their mobilization and functional improvement, in the treatment and reversal of endothelial dysfunction.

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