When you think about it, a lot of heart problems can actually be solved just by eating a better diet. When the path to healthier heart health is so well-paved and smooth, why would anyone go down the other broken, potholed path of unhealthy eating habits?!
So, for today’s blog, I’m going to discuss some heart healthy foods that have been proven to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol levels and inflammation, helping you live healthier and happier. Let’s get started!
Let’s keep it real: you saw this one coming. Leafy green vegetables, especially spinach, kale and collard greens have long been hailed as super foods because of their high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They are an excellent source of vitamin K, a key player in promoting proper blood clotting, reducing blood pressure and artery protection.
Adding leafy greens to your diet can reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 16%!
Fish, especially fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These significantly lower your risk of developing heart diseases such as arrhythmia (irregular heart beat), and heart attacks due to build up in arteries. Eat fatty fish at least twice a week to attain optimum heart health.
Berries like strawberries, blackberries and blueberries are rich in antioxidants and important nutrients that are essential in reducing bad cholesterol levels and inflammation within the body. Eat them as they are, or add them to your bowl of cereal for a natural and healthier alternative to sugar.
America’s favorite food is also one of the most popular when it comes to heart protecting foods. Avocados provide the body with some much needed healthy fats and reduce bad cholesterol levels to give you a healthier and younger heart.
Here comes the best part: drinking a glass of red wine a day can actually reduce your risk for heart disease! A word of caution, drinking more than a glass or two could actually increase your risk!
A large part of it is because of the polyphenol found in most forms of alcohol, resveratrol, which can also be found in grapes and peanut butter. So if you’re not too big on the idea of drinking red wine every day, these non-alcohol sources could work just as well!
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