Best Foods For Your Heart

We all know that eating a balanced diet is crucial to leading a healthy lifestyle, but not all healthy foods are created equally. When it comes to heart health, some foods may provide more nutritional benefits than others. Below is a list of the top heart-healthy foods within each level of the food pyramid. Be sure to keep these foods in mind the next time you are at the grocery store.

Please consult your health care professional before making any drastic changes to your diet, especially if you suffer with any chronic ailments or have health concerns that involve diet restrictions. 

Vegetables:
  • Bell peppers, Carrots, Asparagus, Spinach, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Yams and Sweet Potatoes – While all vegetables are beneficial to heart health, these veggies are especially rich in fiber and may help flush out “bad” cholesterol. They are also rich with beta-carotene, a heart-protective antblueberryioxidant (WebMD). 

Fruits:

  • Blueberries – According to Fitbie, blueberries contain a compound known as anthocyanin, a type of flavonoid. Flavonoids are antioxidants that may protect cells from damage caused by free radicals and have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Protein:salmon

  • Salmon – Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which, according to WebMD, may help boost the immune system, reduce blood clots, lower triglyceride levels, protect arteries from plaque buildup, and lower blood pressure.

Dairy (Alternative):

  • Soy Milk – Soy milk contains a component known as isoflavones, another type of flavonoid. As stated before, there is evidence that these antioxidants may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Whole Grains:

  • Steel-Cut Oats – Steel-cut oats are not to be confused with instant oatmeal, which is often loaded with as much sugar as a Pop-Tart! (Fitbie) They are less processed than instant oatmeal, and therefore contain much more fiber to help flush out bad cholesterol.

flax seedNuts and Seeds:

  • Flax seeds – According to WebMD, flax seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens are plant substances that may help lower the risk of blood clots, stroke, and cardiac arrhythmias. They may also help lower “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides, and even blood pressure. Flax seeds can be easily added to yogurt parfaits, cereal, muffins and even cookies. As a tip, their nutrients are better absorbed when the seeds are finely ground.

Legumes:

  • Kidney Beans – Kidney beans are rich in B-complex vitamins, which may help protect against blood clots and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). They are also full of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and fiber.

If you have been diagnosed with heart-disease, be sure to take your medications as instructed by your doctor. If you need help affording your medications, download a free Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card, request a card be mailed to you, or text CARD to 95577. All brand name and generic medications are eligible for savings with our card–including those for heart-disease.

By WHBlogger 

2/19/2015 

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