According the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. In fact, it’s estimated that 2,500 America men and women die each year as result of heart disease. Prevent heart disease with a heart-healthy diet.
Here some heart-healthy suggestions:
- Fish – Salmon, tuna, sardines and herring are all excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which help protect the heart by reducing inflammation and balancing cholesterol levels.
- Olive oil – Olive oil lowers LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). LDL cholesterol binds to arterial walls and causes plaque build-up, eventually blocking arterial blood flow, leading to atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
- Red wine – Red wine contains a very unique antioxidant called resveratrol. Antioxidants such as resveratrol can eliminate free radicals within the body, which often lead to oxidative stress and inflammation – common causes of heart disease.
- Soy – Soy is great way to supplement protein, without all the saturated fat commonly found in red meats. Saturated fat is a prime catalyst for heart disease because it causes vasoconstriction.
- Fruits – Apples contain a phytochemical called quercetin, which reduces inflammation and prevents blood clots. Apples are also rich in essential vitamins and fiber.
- Whole grain – Many bleached white breads are high in processed sugars and refined carbohydrates and are difficult for the body to break down properly. Chances are, if it isn’t whole grain, it isn’t good for you.
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