Heart healthy foods to add to your diet

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  Heart health is very important for normal living and food plays very important role in maintaining the heart health.

Some of the food options are:

Extra virgin olive oil

Consumption of extra virgin olive oil has been shown to be beneficial in reducing oxidative stress, chronic inflammation and immune system diseases including cancer and cardiovascular diseases, along with lowering the risk of stroke.

Flax seeds

Ground flaxseed is highly nutritious. The tiny seed contain fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, minerals and other beneficial nutrients. Flaxseeds helps lowering blood cholesterol, helping to promote good heart health.

Garlic

Garlic’s health benefits are many (even if it does wreak havoc on your breath), and include boosting immunity, having a positive impact on your blood pressure.

Green tea

Some studies suggest drinking green tea may improve how well your blood vessels respond to stress, which can have serious side effects on our bodies. Another study shows that people who regularly drink green tea might be less likely to have a stroke or heart attack.

Kidney Beans

Kidney bean is a protein-rich legume named for its resemblance to the kidney. High in minerals and fiber, kidney beans can help improve blood cholesterol, a major contributor to heart diseases.

Oats

Oatmeal is loaded with fiber, zinc, magnesium and phosphorus, oats are associated with a reduced risk of coronary diseases and can also help with the effects of inflammation related to various diseases, including diabetes.

Papaya

Papaya contain high levels of antioxidants vitamin A, vitamin C, and Vitamin E, Diet high in antioxidants may reduce the risk of heart diseases.

Pistachios

Pistachios may reduce your risk of heart diseases in various ways. In addition to being high in antioxidants, pistachios may lower blood cholesterol and improve blood pressure, thus lowering your risk of heart diseases.

Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a good source of antioxidants, magnesium, zinc and fatty acids- all of which may help keep your heart healthy.

credits : Dr Suneet Khanna

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