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Eating the right things (along with excercise) keeps your body in good shape. But, that’s not all! It can do wonders for your heart too! Here is a list of the top 15 healthiest foods to keep your heart beating strong!
- Yogurt: It keeps your mouth clean! Also, acontributor to heart disease is gum disease.
- Raisins: The antioxidants in raisins fight gum disease and inflammation.
- Whole Grains: The antioxidants, phytoestrogens, fiber, and phytosterols help to protect against coronary disease.
- Beans: The fiber they contain lessens the cholesterol that gets absorbed in your stomach.
- Salmon/Fish: The Omega-3 fats keep your blood thin to reduce the risk of blood clots.
- Nuts: Just full of stuff that is good for you! Vitamins, minerals, heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and low levels of saturated fats!
- Chocolate: Among other benefits, it preserves the healthy function of blood vessels which can lower your risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and dementia. Consume in moderation, and eat dark chocolate for added health benefits.
- Tomatoes: They are high in lycopene, which works with other vitamins and minerals to aid in disease prevention. And unlike other fruits and veggies, the lycopene is better released and absorbed by your body when it is cooked.
- Apples: They stop the LDL “Bad” Cholesterol from building up in your arteries.
- Berries: They help to keep your HDL “Good” Cholesterol level high.
- Pomegranates: The polyphenols they contain help to reduce the plaque buildup in your arteries and lower your blood pressure
- Bananas: All the potassium here helps the kidneys excrete excess sodium, and keep your blood pressure at a healthy level.
- Popcorn: It’s a whole grain and they are associated with keeping you lean and your heart healthy. Go easy on the butter!
- Green Tea: The antioxidants fight off bacteria in your body.
- Wine: Drinking in moderation may protect the heart by raising “good” HDL cholesterol and decreasing inflammation.