A diet rich in dark leafy green vegetables, berries, and beans earns high marks from cardiologists. It’s hard to miss the rankings for best film, best album, and the best college basketball teams if you live, breathe, or sleep in America. One set of rankings that may not be on your radar, but should be, are the best foods for a healthy heart.
A dozen of the nation’s top cardiologists teamed up to review the science behind today’s most popular food trends, from gluten-free diets to juice detoxes and coconut oil. The results? Tried-and-true leafy greens, berries, and plant proteins earn these doctors’ votes for foods to favor, while the other foods fall to the bottom of the heart-healthful list. Continue reading “Quiz: What Three Foods Should You Eat for a Healthy Heart?”
Rich in antioxidants, mineral, vitamins, fiber and low in fat, fruits are an essential part of a healthy diet. Not only do they taste great, a new study out of the University of Oxford and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences suggests that eating fresh fruit daily may help prevent heart attacks and strokes. In fact, eating a piece of fresh fruit had them same effect as taking a statin. “An apple a day” can be pretty sage advice, after all.
Researchers looked 500,000 adults from 10 urban and rural localities across China. The team tracked study participants’ health for 7 years through death records and electronic hospital records of illness, and found that the individuals who regularly ate fresh fruit, mainly apples and oranges, were less likely to die from cardiac complications, compared to those who rarely or never added fruit to their diet. Continue reading “An Apple a Day Keeps Heart Attacks Away”
We know that vitamin D is good for our bones, teeth, and immune system, and now a new study has added heart health to the list.
The study out of University of Leeds School of Medicine in the UK has shown that patients with chronic heart failure can benefit from daily supplementation of vitamin D3. Patients all had chronic heart failure and were all deficient in vitamin D3. Over the course of a year, half the patients were given a vitamin D3 supplement and the other half were given a placebo. Continue reading “Vitamin D3 Supplementation Benefits Heart Health”
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The good news about heart disease is that it is largely preventable.
The heart is a muscle designed to circulate blood throughout the body. Like any muscle, it benefits from regular exercise. A healthy and active lifestyle will help keep the heart strong.
We can also have a huge impact on our heart’s health by choosing foods that encourage circulation, are low in unhealthy fats, and reduce the amount of cholesterol circulating in our arteries.
Salmon is one of those foods. Wild salmon is an excellent source of omega-3s, and it can help to lower LDL levels and reduce the plaque deposits in blood vessels that contribute to heart disease. The following recipe includes another heart healthy food, avocado. Avocado is rich in heart-healthy potassium, folate, and oleic acid, while grapefruits add vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that aids in reducing cholesterol levels. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Baked Salmon Salad”
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