Heart Healthy Foods Uncovered

Idark chocolatef you aren’t thinking about the health of your heart, you should be. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, which makes me feel like we should all start giving our ticker a little more attention.

This heart health philosophy shouldn’t only be followed by the older generations either, people in their 20’s are also at risk for heart disease, with half of the demographic exhibiting signs of high blood pressure, obesity and stress. It may be hard to see this when you are young, especially if you don’t feel any of the symptoms, but it will catch up to you. With that said, there are things you can eat in order to benefit your heart. Maintaining a healthy diet now, will benefit you later. So, start implementing these foods into your diet ASAP, your future you will thank you (or something like that).

Asparagus

You know how your pee smells weird after you eat asparagus? Well, just let that be a reminder to you that it is working. Asparagus is one of our most tasty superfoods, containing vitamin K and potassium. These vitamins make for healthy blood, by lowering blood pressure and helping with blood clotting. The vegetable also is a great source of fiber, which will keep you feeling full longer, and saponins, a nutrient that blocks cholesterol from being absorbed into the digestive tract, both aspects that should help keep weight down. 

Avocado

Another superfood, avocados are a great healthy fat source. Not only does fruit keep you full and help with weight management, but it is also filled with essential vitamins and minerals. The monounsaturated fats help keep cholesterol low, the potassium regulates blood pressure and the magnesium helps lower heart disease risk. It may also aid in blood clotting abilities. 

Chocolate

Just make sure your chocolate is dark if you want to experience the health benefits of chocolate’s flavanoids. These antioxidants are known to lower LDL cholesterol, reduce stroke risk and maintain healthy arteries. Just one ounce of dark chocolate a day, about every other day or so, is enough to help get these heart healthy benefits. 

Fish

Eating a diet high in fatty fish may be linked to having a lower risk of getting heart disease. Some studies have found that the fatty acids prevent the arteries from calcifying, reduce blood pressure levels, reduce inflammation in the body and improve vascular function overall. Eating fish like salmon and tuna twice a week is all it takes to experience these benefits. 

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