Saturday, September 18, 2021
 Keeping Your Heart Healthy

Eat Heart-Smart Food Choices For A Healthier You

Heart shape cut out in apple in woman's hand

The foods you eat influence your heart's health. Good dietary choices are crucial to keeping heart arteries clog-free. Blocked blood vessels cause cardiovascular disease.

With unhealthy food choices and poor dietary habits LDL (bad cholesterol) builds up in the blood vessels. A high (LDL) triggers inflammation and the formation of damaging fatty deposits in blood vessels.

 Heart-smart food choices inhibit the formation of fatty deposits. Making heart-healthy food choices encourages a clog-free arterial system.

Heart-Smart Food Choices:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids increase HDL (good cholesterol), prevent the hardening of arteries, and deposit plaque within blood vessels. 
  • Flaxseed is full of omega-3 fatty acids that keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control.
  • Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and tuna are full of omega-3 fatty acids. These help to reduce inflammation and hinder the formation of fatty deposits in blood vessels.
  • Olive oil is an essential fatty acid. It is packed with antioxidants, relieves inflammation, decreases the risk of developing heart disease. 
  • Vitamin B6 is anti-inflammatory. Turmeric contains B6 anti-inflammatory effects, reduces plaque and damage to arterial walls.
  • Vegetables have heart-healthy nutrients. Leafy green vegetables are high in vitamin K and nitrates. These nutrients reduce high blood pressure, improve arterial function, and lower the risk of heart disease.
  • Asparagus is a beneficial vegetable. It consists of a super combination of minerals and vitamins B1, B2, C. E, and K. All good for arterial health.
  • The antioxidants in fresh fruits block toxins that cause oxidization and hardening in arteries. Apples are a great fruit choice to reduce oxidation it is loaded with antioxidants. 
  • Oranges contain cholesterol-lowering fiber pectin. Vitamin C in oranges prevents plaque build-up, strengthens, and improves arterial flow and functioning.
  • Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and flavonoids. It lowers the risk of developing calcified plaque in arteries and boosts heart health. 
  • Whole grains are good sources of fiber. Oatmeal is rich in soluble fiber for lowering blood cholesterol levels.
  •  Fiber regulates heart health and blood pressure make it a part of your diet.

Having a healthy heart is a prerequisite to your well-being and quality of life. Make your food choices count.