10 Foods For a Healthy Heart

It’s important to keep that heart pumping and giving your body that love it needs. There are also different ways to keep your heart healthy by putting healthful and clean foods into your body.  Below is a list of 10 heart healthy foods that will keep your blood pumping:

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Salmon

they contain copious amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, shown in studies to lower the risk of arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) and atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in the arteries) and decrease triglycerides.

Blueberries

eat more than three servings of blueberries and strawberries a week had a 32% lower risk of heart attack compared with those who ate less

Citrus fruits

Those who consume high amounts of the flavonoids found in oranges and grapefruits have a 19% lower risk of ischemic stroke

Soy

Soy products contain high levels of polyunsaturated fats (good for your health), fiber, vitamins, and minerals. What’s more, soy may reduce blood pressure

Tomatoes

tomatoes are high in heart-healthy potassium. Plus, they’re a good source of the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is a carotenoid that may help get rid of “bad” cholesterol

Nuts

This includes 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. And some, like walnuts, are high in omega-3 fatty acids.

Legumes

Because they come from plants, legumes such as beans, lentils, and peas are an excellent source of protein without a lot of unhealthy fat. One study found that people who ate legumes at least four times a week had a 22% lower risk of heart disease

Extra-virgin olive oil

Olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated fats, which can help reduce both cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Olives themselves—both green and black—are another source of “good” fat

Green tea

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.

Broccoli, spinach and kale

green vegetables may give an extra boost to your heart. These are high in carotenoids, which act as antioxidants and free your body of potentially harmful compounds.

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