Heart health has many facets, and a variety of foods, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals are necessary to address each one. Try including the following in your diet:
- Carotenoids, especially alpha-carotene, lycopene, and beta-carotene-help to prevent heart disease and heart attack by inhibiting the formation of harmful LDL cholesterol. Consume carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, apricots, sweet peppers, acorn squash, and fresh corn.
- Magnesium protects against heart disease and is also important for regulation of heart rhythm and blood clotting. It also helps keep coronary arteries from spasming. Found in chocolate, almonds, spinach, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, oysters, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, buckwheat, amaranth, barley, and avocados.
- The soy protein found in soy products can help control cholesterol levels. Specifically, soy products lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and significantly increase HDL (good) cholesterol. They also appear to inhibit the oxidation of LDL cholesterol that can eventually clog arteries. Found in soybeans, tofu, and soy products.
- pectin is a soluble fiber that helps control blood cholesterol levels. Consume apples, blueberries, cherries.
- Flavonoid-rich foods lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by quenching harmful free radicals that contribute to atherosclerosis. Include in your diet: broccoli, carrots, blueberries, lemons, pomegranates, white grapefruit, limes, chocolate, soybeans, oranges, apples, tomatoes, onions.
- Flaxseed oil and ground flaxseeds appear to lower cholesterol, thereby significantly reducing the risk of heart disease. Consuming flaxseed oil may also protect against angina (chest pain) and high blood pressure. Flaxseed oil may also be useful in preventing a second heart attack.
- Folate, in conjuction with vitamins B6 and B12 to lower levels of homocysteine, a substance linked to heart disease. Food sources include: savoy cabbage, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, oranges, avocados, dried beans, chick-peas, soybeans, lentils, fresh peas, turkey, brussels sprouts, beets.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids may protect against heart disease by preventing erratic heart rhythms, inhibiting blood clots, and reducing levels of unhealthy triglycerides in the blood. Include salmon, trout, and tuna in your diet.
- Vitamin C can increase resistance to heart disease by improving cholesterol levels, fending off damaging free radicals, and bolstering blood vessels. Food Sources include: kiwi fruit, oranges, tangerines, potatoes, red bell peppers, strawberries.
- Vitamin E is associated with a reduced risk of coronary artery disease. The antioxidant actions of this vitamin are thought to protect the cholesterol in our blood from oxidative damage that contributes to heart disease. Include in your diet: broccoli, avocados, mangoes, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, peanuts, almonds.
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