10 Foods That Keep Your Heart Healthy

on Tuesday, 13 March 2012. Posted in Disease and Diet, Diet and Nutrition Written By: Shruti Gaddam

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10 Foods That Keep Your Heart Healthy

The food that you eat governs your health. Hence being careful of one's diet is only natural, especially when you are aiming at  a healthy heart. Here are some foods to keep your heart in good health. Make sure to add a few of them to your diet every day so that you can enjoy a life with considerably reduced risks of heart attacks.

Green leafy vegetables: Greens are rich in vitamins and minerals. Spinach has high iron content. Fenugreek is known to reduce risk of heart attacks. Further, these foods contain no fats and very low calories. They have almost no cholesterol as well. Minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron and folic acid present in these vegetables help the heart function optimally.

Garlic: Being rich in antioxidants, garlic is a great heart food. It also helps reduce cholesterol in the body, thereby easing the pressure on the heart. It has been noted that eating a couple of pods of garlic on an empty stomach every morning reduces risk of heart attacks to a large extent.

Heart Health Trivia:

Sitting or driving for long durations increases risk of heart attacks by nearly 30%

The benefits of a particular food for the heart changes depending on the way it is cooked.

Frying is not recommended for heart health

Red wine: Red wine is one of the best drinks for the heart. In fact, heart patients are recommended one glass of red wine before supper. This food is rich in antioxidants and helps in reducing bad cholesterol in the body.

Fish: Fish is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which are very good for the heart. There are several other minerals and vitamins present in fish that helps in strengthening heart muscles. The best way to eat fish is to bake, steam or grill them with healthy herbs. Frying robs a lot of nutrients.

Walnuts: Walnuts and most of the other nuts such as almonds contain significant amounts of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats along with a number of phytonutrients. They also reduce the amount of bad cholesterol by pumping in good cholesterol in the body. They are very effective in lowering risks of heart attacks.

Tofu: Tofu is made from high protein soy milk. The generous protein content along with good amounts of calcium present in tofu promotes heart health. They are a good supplement for proteins obtained from high fat meats.

Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes give a lot of energy to the body while being low on the glycemic index. They do not increase blood sugar and are rich in fiber content. Lycopene and vitamin A are also present in healthy amounts in these spuds.

Carrots: Carrots contain large amounts of soluble fiber, which makes them great to fight excess cholesterol in the body. It is good for the heart because it controls blood sugar levels as well.

Whole grains: Whole grains are high in fiber content, which make them good heart foods. They are also rich in proteins and so, keep heart tissues healthy.

Green tea: Drinking four to five cups of green tea per day cuts down the risk of heart attack by nearly 20%. High antioxidant properties, ability to control hypertension and reducing bad cholesterol levels are the features that make green tea healthy for the heart.

Eating these foods along with indulging in good amount of exercises, can keep your heart healthy for a long time.

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