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

Endothelial dysfunction has been proven to play a role in the development and progression of atherosclerosis and  may also contribute to type 2 diabetes. This 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 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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