8 Natural Heart-Healthy Foods

Red wine

Red wine contains two antioxidants, resveratrol and catechins. These
antioxidants help to protect artery walls. Since alcohol can boost the
good cholesterol HDL, drinking a little red wine may be a healthy
choice for your heart.

However, it is important to know that too much alcohol can damage the
heart. Talk to your physician before deciding whether you will be
drinking alcohol or not because a little alcohol is not even healthy
for some people.

Tuna

Albacore which is a white tuna contains more omega-3s than other
varieties of tuna. Tuna is highly rich in omega-3s which is really
healthy for our heart.

Extra virgin olive oil extra virgin olive oil

Extra virgin olive oil is highly rich in antioxidants, polyphenols and
monounsaturated fats. All these are good for our heart. Extra virgin
oil is made from the first press of olives and helps to lower
cholesterol levels. Olive oil should be used as substitute for
saturated fat like butter since the anti-oxidants, polyphenols may
protect blood vessels while consumption of saturated fat overtime may
lead to blockage of the blood vessels due to build up of cholesterol.

Oranges

A medical research shows that oranges can improve blood vessels
functions which in turn lower blood pressure. Oranges contains pectic,
which is a cholesterol-fighting fiber.

It also contains the antioxidant, hesperidin, which helps to lower
blood pressure. Oranges are known to be rich in potassium which helps
to keep blood pressure level in balance.

Almonds

Almonds are rich in vitamin E, fiber, heart-healthy fats, plant
sterols which help to protect the heart against diseases.

Low fat yogurt

Milk is known to be rich in calcium and potassium. Therefore, low-fat
yogurt can control high blood pressure since yogurt has twice as much
of calcium and potassium in milk. Potassium is a mineral that greatly
help to check blood pressure.

Walnuts

Walnuts are highly rich in fiber, omega-3s and monounsaturated fats.

Walnuts replace bad fats LDL thus lowering cholesterol and
inflammation in the arteries of the heart.

Salmon

Salmon is rich in omega-3s EPA and DHA. The American Heart Association
recommends two servings of salmon a week because the omega-3s in
salmon and other oily fish such as mackerel, lake trout, herring,
sardine lower risk of cardiac arrest and death, blood triglycerides
and inflammation.

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