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5 Best Foods For Your Heart

By    |   Friday, 28 Aug 2015 12:24 AM

Eating heart healthy means consuming foods such as fish or nuts that contain the best ingredients for your heart while limiting choices with unhealthy contents, such as salt and saturated fats.

If you’re interested in which foods are the most cardiac friendly, here’s a list worth taking to heart.

Consuming Nuts is Not So Nutty
Research indicates people who eat walnuts, pine nuts, peanuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts or pistachios at least two to four days per week have less heart disease than people who eat them less often, according to EatingWell. Nuts contain low levels of saturated, or “bad,” fats while being full of minerals, vitamins, and heart-healthy monounsaturated, or “good,” fats.

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Eat Your Spinach
Spinach contains fiber, potassium, folate, and lutein, which all benefit your heart, according to Health magazine. That publication said increasing your intake of any vegetable is certain to benefit your heart. It noted that a physicians’ study examined more than 15,000 men without heart disease for 12 years and found that those who ate at least 2½ servings of vegetables per day cut their cardiac disease risk by about 25 percent in comparison to those who didn’t.

Fishing for Heart Health
The American Heart Association for years has suggested people eat at least two servings of fish weekly to lower their heart disease risk, according to the Mayo Clinic. “Doctors have long believed that the unsaturated fats in fish, called omega-3 fatty acids, are the nutrients that reduce the risk of dying of heart disease,” that clinic’s website said. It indicated fatty fish — such as tuna, sardines, herring, salmon and lake trout — contain the most omega-3 acids and consequently provide the most benefit. Baking or broiling fish is more heart-healthy than frying it.

Oatmeal a Good Deal
A daily serving of oatmeal can improve heart health, according to WebMD. It said the oats contain a specific type of fiber called “beta-glucan,” which lowers your LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol level.

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Berry, Berry Good
Blackberries and blueberries are the best berries in terms of containing anti-inflammatories, which reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. But all berries, including raspberries and strawberries, are good for promoting vascular health, said Health magazine.

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