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The 10 Best Foods for Your Heart

Posted by Eskaton on Mar 2, 2017 6:12:35 PM

March is National Nutrition Month. Take a look at some nutritious foods that are heart-healthy and delicious.

Berries 
Full of anti-inflammatories, which reduce risk of heart disease. (Look for: blueberries and blackberries are especially great, but all berries are good for vascular health)

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Avocado 
Lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol in your body (Try adding to a sandwich or salad for extra heart-healthy fats in your diet)

Salmon
Super rich in omega-3 fatty acids, it can effectively reduce blood pressure and keep clotting at bay.  (Aim for 2 servings per week. Not a salmon fan? Try mackerel, tuna, herring, or sardines for the same boost)

Olive oil 
Lowers bad cholesterol and reduces risk of developing heart disease. (Look for: extra-virgin or virgin olive oil varieties – they are the least processed)

Oatmeal  
Oatmeal.jpgFull of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium. (Aim for steel-cut oats over instant varieties)

Nuts 
Full of omega-3 fatty acids, healthy fats, and fiber. (Look for: walnuts, almonds, and macadamia nuts)

Legumes 
Full of soluble fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium. (Look for: lentils, chickpeas, black beans, and kidney beans)

Spinach
Can help keep your ticker in shape thanks to its stores of lutein, folate, potassium, and fiber. (Try blending in smoothies or adding to any salad or sandwich)

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Flaxseed 
Full of fiber and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. (Top a bowl of oatmeal with flaxseed for the ultimate heart-healthy breakfast)

Soy 
May lower cholesterol and is a great source of lean protein. (Look for: edamame, soy milk, tofu)

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