If you feel guilty about eating dark chocolate, don’t. You have permission from Steven Gundry, MD, a cardiologist and director of Center for Restorative Medicine in Palms Springs and founder of Gundry MD supplements. “In moderation, dark chocolate is a fantastic addition to your diet,” he says. “Dark chocolate is shown to help your body produce nitric oxide, which plays an important role in protecting your heart and veins.” Cocoa is loaded with antioxidants that aid in managing blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and improve your blood flow. Dr. Grundy says to choose dark chocolate that’s at least 72 percent cocoa for the best impact.
Turmeric, also known as the “Golden Spice of India,” is a gem for keeping arteries unclogged and improving circulation, studies show. According to Dr. Gundry, however, turmeric is a tricky herb. “It’s actually poorly absorbed on its own; unless it is mixed with bioperin, a compound found in black pepper,” says Gundry. His solution: Eat curry once a week, which has both black pepper and turmeric.