Healthy food for healthy heart
The heart is a muscular organ located between the lungs, in the middle compartment of the chest in humans, it pumps blood through the blood vessels of the circulatory system. Blood provides the body with oxygen and nutrients, as well as assists in the removal of metabolic wastes.
Cardiovascular disease includes conditions that affect the structures or function of your heart, such as:
- Coronary artery disease (narrowing of the arteries)
- Heart attack
- Abnormal heart rhythms, or arrhythmias
- Heart failure
- Heart valve disease
- Congenital heart disease
- Heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy)
- Pericardial disease
- Aorta disease and Marfan syndrome
- Vascular disease (blood vessel disease)
“You can definitely reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease by eating certain foods every day,” says Julie Zumpano, RD, LD, a dietitian in the Preventive Cardiology and Nutrition Program at Cleveland Clinic.
High blood pressure, low blood pressure, high cholesterol, inherited high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, heart attack, reduced blood flow due to narrowed arteries, and “hardening of the arteries” which is called as atherosclerosis. Food given below helps you reduce to the risk of this diseases.
Food which useful for healthy heart are
- Salmon, Tuna, Mackerel, herring and trout
- blueberries, strawberries, cranberries or raspberries
- Asparagus, Bell peppers, carrots, Tomatoes, Broccoli, Leafy greens, garlic, onions, Spinach, dark beans, oatmeal, broccoli
- Oranges, cantaloupes and papaya
- Almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, pistachios, pinenuts and peanuts lower the incidence of heart diseases.
- Dark chocolate
- Red wine
- Whole grains contain antioxidant, phytoestrogens and phytosterols that are protective against coronary disease.
- Half the cup of cook beans daily might lower the cholesterol
All these food are rich in Vitamins and minerals like vitamin A (Beta carotene), Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and minerals like Potassium, folate, calcium, fiber, magnesium helps in risk of cardiovascular diseases
Eating a diet rich in antioxidant-containing foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, is linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular (heart and blood vessels) disease.