Monday, February 1, 2010

5 Foods to Prevent Heart Disease

Today I’m starting a series of post that talk about fitness and healthy living. I’ll try my best to have an update every Tuesday.

February is the month of the Hearts, and to start this healthy series I’m promoting, here’s a share of what I have read on Prevention about Foods that Prevent Heart Disease. There actually five (5) on the list, these are;

1. Garlic. This is a very popular herb right? Best used as seasoning on every food. Aside from that, several studies have been conducted and found that regular garlic consumption contributes potential health benefits on blood pressure, platelet aggregation and cholesterol levels and these are all related to your heart functions.

2. Salmon. A popular healthy food known for its high content on protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and rich in vitamin D. Instead of getting yourself a burger, why not take salmon fillet, this will help lower the risk for heart attack because Omega-3 can prevent erratic heart rhythms, reduce possible blood clots in the arteries and improve good cholesterol.

3. Berries and Cherries. Berries and cherries are rich in antioxidants. That’s how blackberries got their deep purple color because of the powerful antioxidant anthocyanin. Anthocyanin may help reduce the risk of stroke and cancer. Also it can lower inflammation and ease the pain of arthritis and gout. They are also high in polyphenols which prevent cell damage that creates unhealthy blood vessels and heart.

4. Quinoa. Technically not a true grain, quinoa is actually the seed of Chenopodium of Goosefoot plant that has been cultivated in South America as early as 3,000BC. Quinoa contains a balanced set of amino acids unlike wheat or rice, thus making it an unusually complete protein source. Aside from that, quinoa is an excellent source of mineral that relaxes blood vessels aka magnesium.

5. Hot Cocoa. Yes! Hot cocoa our favorite morning drink is rich in antioxidants. Two times more that the red wine and three times more than green tea. But beware, drinking hot cocoa should be in moderate amount only, your health maybe at risk when you consume excess amount because hot cocoa contains high level of calories, saturated fat and sugar, therefore not good for your health.

Better try the listed above it will surely help your way to a healthy heart.

Source: Prevention

1 comment:

  1. surprised to see that hot cocoa is included. but of course in moderation.
    have a nice day.


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