These 3 Cardiologist Recommended Foods Can Extend Life, What Are? – Unlocking the Keto Code author and American cardiologist Steven Gundry explains that polyphenol-rich foods can protect mitochondria, which are important for prolonging life.

Mitochondria are important organelles that make up the body that will convert chemical energy in food into other forms of energy. Another role of mitochondria is to make the body work optimally.

Meanwhile, bacteria in the gut will convert polyphenols into substances that can separate mitochondria and this process is good for longevity.

Based on Mind Body GreenHere are foods rich in polyphenols that can prolong our life.

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1. Olive oil

According to Grundy, olive oil is rich in polyphenols such as oleuropein, lignans, and hydroxytyrosol. The benefit is optimizing cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that using olive oil, especially as a substitute for other fats, can lead to a longer life.

Various berries.  (Shutterstock)
Various berries. (Shutterstock)

2. Berries

Gundry is also a fan of deep colored berries, such as blueberries. This fruit has polyphenol pigments called anthocyanins.

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While other berries, such as pomegranate, contain polyphenols ellagic acid which is good for metabolism and brain health.

3. Cheese

Gundry highlights people who fall into the ‘Blue Zone’ or people who have a long life, especially in two regions, namely in Sardinia, Italy, and the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica.

These people eat cheese from goats and sheep. This product contains MCT and polyamine compounds.

“The cheese they eat, all the goat and dairy products, that sets them apart from everyone else… So there are two Blue Zones where cheese is the secret to their longevity.”