Heart Healthy Foods to Improve Overall Health

Heart healthy foods will help improve your diet and give you a boost in energy and health. You may be eating a lot of foods and snacks daily, but are you getting the nutrients you need? Enjoy these nutrient-rich foods you can incorporate into your nutrition plan.

Berries
Adding blueberries, strawberries blackberries or raspberries into your diet can lower your risk of a heart attack. Berries have a compound called anthocyanins flavonoids (antioxidants) that may help decrease blood pressure.

Green Tea
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. A study found that people who consumed four or more cups of green tea daily had a 20% reduced risk of heart disease and stroke compared to people who occasionally enjoyed the beverage. It also improved brain function, aided in weight loss and lowered the risk of cancer.

Salmon
Salmon, along with other fatty fish, contains the most omega-3 fatty acids. The American Heart Association recommends eating salmon and other omega-3 rich foods twice a week.

Oatmeal
We already knew oatmeal was good for our health. Oats are great for the heart as well as lowering bad cholesterol. If you don’t have time to prepare oatmeal in the morning, try overnight oats. It’s an easy way to have your breakfast ready the next day.

Avocado
Avocados are rich in the monounsaturated fats that may help lower the risk of heart disease. Avocados are also rich in antioxidants and in potassium.

Broccoli
Eating at least a cup of broccoli a day can prevent clogging of your arteries. Broccoli contains sulforaphane which activates a protein that prevents plaque formation in the arteries. Try to eat broccoli steamed or raw. Boiling broccoli or any vegetables can cause a loss of nutrients.

Nuts
Research shows that nuts are extremely beneficial heart health. Three to four walnuts or almonds in a day can keep your heart healthy. Try to avoid flavored nuts like honey roasted to prevent added sugar. Try to consume raw unsalted nuts.

 

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