10 Foods To Eat For Your Heart
World Heart Day, observed across the world on 29th September is an occasion to ponder over habits that are good for your heart. Good heart health is the result of a combination of various factors including exercise, healthy food habits, de-stressing, etc. Let’s take a look at 10 foods that you can eat to keep your heart in the best of health.
So what makes tomatoes a friend of your heart? Lycopene – an antioxidant that prevents the oxidation of bad cholesterol (LDL) and thus reduces the cholesterol levels in blood. In addition to this, the potassium in tomato helps to lower blood pressure and relaxes the walls of the blood vessels.
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Walnuts also prevent obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure – conditions that contribute to cardiac diseases.
Oxidized cholesterol build-up in blood vessels walls is a serious threat to your heart health. Vitamin-C, beta-carotene and other nutrients are abundant in spinach and they together help to prevent the oxidization of cholesterol and further build-up on the walls of the blood vessels.
Oats lowers blood cholesterol levels and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant phytonutrients. Both these properties help in maintaining arterial function.
Strawberries are known to lower total and LDL cholesterol. They are rich in antioxidants such as anthocyanin which prevents developments that further leads to heart disease.
Citrus fruits such as lime, oranges and tangerine are an excellent source of Vitamin-C. They reduce the ischemic load on the heart and thus prevent blockages and plaque buildup.
How often you consume lentils such as pulses, legumes and beans? Well, the good news is that the high-in-protein lentils can reduce your chance of developing heart diseases considerably if you consume them regularly.
Monounsaturated fatty acids do not have the bad name that affects everything ‘fatty’. On the contrary, they are known as the ‘good fat’. Avocadoes are a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids. Including an avocado in your diet – many scientific studies suggest – will greatly help you in reducing your cholesterol.
One of the most nutrient-rich foods on planet earth, almonds have always been regarded as a healthy food. But did you know that they are loaded with heart-friendly monounsaturated fatty acids and fibre. Yes, eating almonds on a regular basis can lower your blood cholesterol levels.
Including pomegranate in your diet on a daily basis can help you prevent damage to the arterial walls. It improves the blood flow to the heart and helps in lowering the blood pressure.
Remember, eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables whole grains and nuts is a good way to keep your heart healthy. On the occasion of World Heart Day, start good eating habits that will keep your heart in good health for life. Along with healthy eating habits, make sure that you exercise without fail and find ways to relax. A good heart is your ticket to a healthy and happy life!