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24 Foods that are Good for Your Heart!

Last updated 4 years ago

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1.     Blueberries- one of the healthiest fruits, packed full of nutrients (ellagic acid, beta-carotene, etc.)

2.     Cherries- packed with anthocyanins, an antioxidant that may help protect blood vessels.

3.     Kosher Salt- the larger crystals may give a saltier flavor with less actual salt/sodium than table salt.

4.     Cayenne Chili Pepper- May help prevent a spike in insulin levels after meal. 

5.     Coffee- A recent study suggested 3-4 cups coffee or tea/day may cut risk of Type 2 diabetes.

6.     Sterols/Stanol filled Foods- May block cholesterol absorption in the cut & help lower LDL levels.

7.     Low-Fat Yogurt- Has twice as many important minerals like calcium and potassium as milk.

8.     Flaxseed- has 3 elements protecting your heart: fiber, phytochemicals called lignans & ALA, an omega 3 Fatty Acids.

9.     Oatmeal- fills the stomach for hours, fights snack attacks and helps keep glucose levels stable over time.

10.   Barley- a whole grain, whose fiber may lower blood glucose levels.

11.   Carrots- may help fight high cholesterol with their high soluble fiber amount; may help control glucose.

12.   Swiss chard- rich in potassium and magnesium and other nutrients, which may help control blood pressure.

13.   Oranges- contain cholesterol-fighting fiber pectin as well as potassium, which help control blood pressure.

14.   Sweet Potatoes- have ample fiber, vitamin A and lycopene making them heart healthy.

15.   Tofu- a great sub for many meats, and full of heart-healthy minerals, fiber and polyunsaturated fats of soy.

16.   Edamame- a half cup of edamame has 9 gm fiber—equal to four slices of whole-wheat bread.

17.   Almonds- full of vitamin E, plant sterols, fiber and heart-healthy fat. 

18.   Walnuts- may help lower your cholesterol and reduce inflammation in the arteries of the heart.

19.    Extra-Virgin Olive Oil- when it replaces saturated fat, it may help lower cholesterol levels.

20.    Tuna- a good source of heart-healthy omega 3S. 

21.     Salmon- rich in omega-3s EPA & DHA, lowering risk of rhythm disorders, which can lead to sudden cardiac death.

22.     Red Wine- contains resveratrol & catechins, two antioxidants which may protect artery walls.

23.     Black Beans- high fiber & contain nutrients like folate, antioxidants and magnesium, lowering blood pressure.

24.     Fresh Herbs- beneficial when replacing salt, fat to flavor.

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