Salmon and other fatty fish contain copious amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to lower the risk of arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) and decrease triglycerides.
Oatmeal has soluble fiber, which can lower cholesterol. It acts as a sponge in the digestive tract and soaks up the cholesterol so it is eliminated from the body and not absorbed into the bloodstream, avoiding instant oatmeal, which often contains sugar, and heading instead for old-fashioned or even quick-cooking oats.
Who ate more than 3 servings of blueberries and strawberries a week had a 32% lower risk of heart attack compared with those who ate less. The benefit to compounds known as anthocyanins, flavonoids that may decrease blood pressure and dilate blood vessels.
Dark chocolate, meaning chocolate made up of at least 60-70% cocoa. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids called polyphenols, which may help blood pressure, clotting, andinflammation. Other milk chocolate and most candy bars not in list. dark chocolate may benefit your heart, daily chocolate consumption could reduce nonfatal heart attacks and stroke in people at high risk for these problems.
Soy products contain high levels of polyunsaturated fats (good for your health), fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Soy may reduce blood pressure in people who eat a diet high in refined carbohydrates.
Potatoes, tomatoes are high in heart-healthy potassium. Plus, they're a good source of theantioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is a carotenoid that may help get rid of "bad" cholesterol, keep blood vessels open, and lower heart attack risk.
Nuts include almonds, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts and macadamia nuts, all of which contain good-for-your-heart fiber. They also contain vitamin E, which helps lower bad cholesterol.
Recent study found that people who drank four or more cups of green tea daily had a 20% reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke compared with people who "seldom" imbibed the beverage.
Citrus fruits are also high in vitamin C, which has been linked with a lower risk of heart disease. Beware of citrus juices that contain added sugar. And be aware that grapefruit products may interfere with the action of the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins.
Even two cups of coffee in a day could lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke by 30%. It's not clear where the benefit comes from and the news is not necessarily a reason to pick up the habit. "If you're already drinking coffee and enjoying it, continue," "If not, there's no reason to start."
Avocado rich in the monounsaturated fats that may lower heart disease risk factors, such as cholesterol. They're also high in antioxidants and in potassium,
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