Heart Healthy Foods You Absolutely Must Try

heartHeart health is very important, and part of maintaining a healthy heart is eating right. But what foods are best for your heart? Here’s a list of foods you should try to incorporate into your diet that can give a big boost to your ticker.

Watermelon

What? Were you envisioning lima beans first? Heart healthy food is actually tasty too! Watermelon is good for your heart because it’s a great source of lycopene, which has been linked to a lower risk of cancer and heart disease. It has contained citrulline and that can improve the health of your blood vessels. And don’t forget this fruit is packed with Vitamins A and C along with a punch of potassium and magnesium.

Yogurt

Yogurt of all kinds if good for more than just your gut, it’s good for your heart too. Yogurt also can help to protect you from gum disease, and that decreases your risk of heart disease too. It’s also chock-full of antioxidants, fiber, probiotics, and fiber, so it’s really good for your whole body – not just the heart.

Avocados

Oh, the healthy fats of the avocado! Someone should write a sonnet about its monosaturated fats and how good they are for your blood pressure and cardiovascular system as a whole. They’re also a good source of potassium and Vitamin C. You probably didn’t know that avocados also help your body absorb antioxidants that you eat in other veggies such as carrots and spinach – so pair them together when you can.

Beans

The old saying that beans are good for your heart is really very true! Just one half cup of beans per day will help to keep your heart healthier because of their soluble fiber. Fiber keeps cholesterol from absorbing into your body and building up in your bloodstream, and that will help protect the heart and vascular system.

Salmon

If you had to pick one protein to eat for the rest your life, salmon would be the best choice. Salmon has so many health benefits and you can count protection from coronary artery disease among those benefits. The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon help to lower harmful levels of lipids in your body and can also help to keep inflammation in your body under control. Salmon is where it’s at!

Try to incorporate a few of these foods into your diet regularly so that you can reap their heart healthy benefits and keeps that ticker ticking along.

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