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Ten Foods That Are Healthy Heart Foods

Posted Sep 02 2009 5:32pm

Oatmeal

474570755_f2d2c631fc[1]Reasons Why

They contain omega 3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart much the same as oily fish is, they have folate and potassium, which is documented for helping lower blood pressure. And, will help lower LDL cholesterol, which can clog up arteries. In addition, may eventually need to heart problems.

For more benefit, add some fruit such as an apple or banana or some strawberries. The potassium in the banana will add more blood pressure lowering properties to what you are eating.

Avocados

Reasons Why

Adding an avocado to what you are eating, is a great way to get more monounsaturated fats, which are extremely good for your heart, they are good for absorbing beta-carotene and lycopene, which are essential for having a healthy heart. They will help to lower the LDL cholesterol, which is the bad type of cholesterol, and higher the HDL type, which is what, you need more of in order to have lower cholesterol levels.

Olive Oil

Reasons Why

Olive oil has high levels of monounsaturated fats, which are extremely good for your heart; it keeps LDL cholesterol levels lower. Therefore, you are far less likely to have heart related problems.

Some studies regarding olive oil looked at people in seven countries just to see what effect it had on them. They found that while men in Crete did have quite high cholesterol levels. Due to the fact they had olive oil in their diets, they were far less likely to have any heart related problems or die of heart disease

Walnuts

Reasons Why

Walnuts contain high levels of omega three fatty acids, and have lots of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, so keep some handy in a bowl and don’t feel guilty about eating your fare share of nuts, almonds also have these properties as well as macadamia nuts. They are over all a good source of healthy fats.

Raspberries

Reasons Why

Whichever berries you eat whether it be strawberries, blueberries, blackberries. Eating any of these will benefit your heart health. Blueberries are known for helping people whom have access abdomen fat. All these particular fruits have anti-inflammatory properties, which are essential for good heart health.

Spinach

Reasons Why

Spinach has high levels of potassium, folate, and fibre.  A study done by the health physicians monitored some people who ate vegetables there were 15,000 participants involved in it which were, men and were monitored for a period of over 12 years. Those that had 2 1/2 servings per day managed to cut their heart attack/heart related problems dramatically by 25 percent. Than those who didn’t consume vegetables. Spinach is one of those things that many people probably do not eat and really should.

Soy

Reasons Why

Soy may be able to help with lowering cholesterol levels; it is a low-fat food has an abundance of protein so if you’re vegetarian this makes a good choice. When your choosing soy look for natural sources of it such as damame, tempeh, or organic silken tofu. And if you aren’t that keen on traditional milk, have some soy milk with your breakfast cereal.

Watch out for processed variants of soy, which may be in things like soy dogs. They could have too much sodium in which may make your blood pressure higher.

Flaxseed

Reasons Why

Flaxseed is rich in omega three fatty acids and omega six fatty acids, so sprinkling some on your breakfast will help your heart a lot. Put some on your oatmeal, which mentioned earlier for a double whammy for your hearts health.

Legumes

Reasons Why

Stock up on the following beans, kidney beans, chickpeas and lentils, all of these are very high in omega three fatty acids, and have plenty of soluble fibre in, which can give sufferers of IBS some relief. Due to the amount of fibre, they have in as well as protein they can make you feel very full even if you do not consume a lot of them.

Salmon

Reasons Why

This is the oily fish that you can buy from most supermarkets; it is very high in omega three fatty acids.

It can help to lower blood pressure, prevent clotting so less plaques of cholesterol will form in your arteries. It contains a very powerful antioxidant, which is carotenoid astaxanthin.

When you’re deciding which salmon to buy make sure you choose wild salmon rather than farmed salmon, the reasons being farm raised salmon might have, traces of metal in, pesticides and insecticides. If you don’t like salmon there are other oily fish choices such as mackerel, tuna and sardines these will suffice just as well for your heart as salmon does.

Source and references http://slideshows.health.com/slide_shows/10281/slides/

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