Heart-Healthy Foods to Work into Your Diet

Fruit for a Healthy Heart

As most people already know eating fruit is good for you.

However, did you know that while the low-fat content of all fruit is good for heart’s health there is some fruit that specifically works to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and generally keep your heart healthy?

It’s true and here are some of these fruits and what they contain that helps keep that old ticker ticking along.

Apples

You’ve heard the old saying that an “apple a day keeps the doctor away.” while that may not be exactly true, eating apples can help to keep your heart strong and healthy.

Apples contain vitamin C and flavonoids. Flavonoids do a couple of things to help your heart.

First, they reduce the platelet adhesion in your arteries which means you are less likely to have arteries clog resulting in a heart attack. Second, they actually lower your cholesterol level.

So the next time you want a sweet treat, push those cookies aside and reach for an apple instead.

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Bananas

Not only do bananas taste great but they also contain large amounts of both potassium and magnesium two minerals that help to lower blood pressure.

While most people eat bananas simply because they taste good it is also good to know that they can help prevent stroke, heart attack and congestive heart failure by keeping your blood pressure within normal limits.

Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries

Berries are also full of antioxidant polyphenols, which help to reduce heart disease risk. Berries are a great source of fiber, folate, iron, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin C, and they are low in fat.

 

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Apricots And Kiwi

Among all the other great vitamins apricots and Kiwi contains is Vitamin E. Vitamin E is believed to reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Which means the vitamin E in these fruits helps to keep LDL cholesterol from being able to stick to your artery walls clogging your arteries and resulting in a stroke or heart attack.

For the best protection for your heart it is advised that you eat at least three servings of these fruits daily in any combination you choose.

The good news is that fruit are easy to incorporate into any meal breakfast, lunch or dinner. In addition, fresh fruit is always better than canned fruit or juice.

Besides protecting your heart these fruit and many others contain vitamin C which is known for it’s anti-oxidant power which helps to fight colds, cancer and generally strengthen the immune system.

These fruit also are a good source of fiber which will help keep you regular and it has been shown that people on diets who eat a lot of fruit tend to take off weight more easily.

Fruit just doesn’t taste good it is also good for you. So, if you enjoy fruit, indulging your taste buds just may lead to a healthy heart and body.

 

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