10 Best Foods for Heart Health
The 10 best foods for your heart could be listed in your daily diet but it all depends on how they are prepared. If you fry all your foods then the chances of you developing heart problems later in life are very good. In order for the following list of foods to be an advantage to the health of your heart you need to prepare them correctly.
Below is a list of only 10 foods that science has proved are good for your heart. A brief explanation will be given explaining why the food is listed. It needs to be understood that although science has proven these foods can benefit the health of your heart, moderation is key in achieving optimal health.
Oatmeal is a soluble fiber that has proven it-self to help lower cholesterol. It is able to act as a sponge when fully digested as it soaks up all the cholesterol floating around preventing it from getting absorbed into your bloodstream.
Salmon and many other types of fish like sardines and mackerel offer the most benefit for your heart health. They contain the sort after omega-3 fatty acids have clearly shown in countless studies to reduce the arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) as well as atherosclerosis while and decreasing the triglyceride level.
Avocadoes contain all the good fats that are easily digestible lowering LDL (low density lipo-proteins) and increasing HDL (high density lipo-proteins)
A study done showed that people taking 4 tablespoons a day of olive oil reduced the chances of suffering from heart problems by 30% in all the volunteers tested. Olive oil is a great source of healthy monounsaturated fats helping to reduce cholesterol and to lower blood sugar levels in diabetics and non-diabetics.
All nuts including pistachios, almonds, walnuts, peanuts and macadamia nuts are good for your heart as they contain vitamin E which helps to lower all the bad cholesterol you might have.
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and all other berries work very effectively as anti-inflammatories reducing the risk of heart disease as well as cancer. A study done showed that having berries 3 times a week reduced the chances of having heart problems by 32%.
Legumes are green plants like peas, beans and lentils are not only an excellent source of protein but when eaten 4 times a week show a 22% less chance of getting heart problems.
Soy products like tofu or soy milk are not only an excellent source of easily digestible protein with no fat or cholesterol but they also contain a lot of sort after polyunsaturated fats as well as offering good fiber, minerals and vitamins.
POTATOES AND TOMATOES
Tomato and potato are high in heart-healthy potassium plus they are a very good source of an important antioxidant called lycopene, which is a carotenoid helping to effectively remove all "bad" cholesterol keeping your blood vessels open, and lowering the risk of a heart attack.
The last food listed is actually not a food but we felt it should be included in this list because of the proven studies showing how effective it is at reducing non-fatal heart attacks and getting a stroke. All dark chocolate contains a flavonoid called polyphenols helping clotting, blood pressure and inflammation.