Foods to eat for a healthy heart

Most of us know that weight control and regular exercise are imperative for keeping your heart healthy. But a heart-healthy diet can reduce your risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol and high blood pressure. So without further ado, here are some heart-friendly food, which will not only boost your heart health, but also improve your quality of life.

Studies show that eating at least two servings of fatty fish a week can reduce your risk of  dying from heart disease. This is because the  omega-3 fats present in fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines reduce inflammation in the arterial walls and keep the blood flowing to the brain.

Studies show that red wine contains polyphenols, compounds which could help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and prevent blood clots. Research also suggests resveratrol, which is present in polyphenol, may also improve blood flow to the brain and reduce one’s risk of getting a stroke. This is because research shows that resveratrol thins out the blood, which prevents blood clots. So make sure you drink a glass of red wine daily.

Add as much fruit and vegetables to your diet because research shows that they help improve circulation and also certain fruits and veggies contain potassium, a nutrient, which counteracts the effect of salt in our diets by preventing the artery walls from thickening, thereby reducing blood pressure. So include fruits like bananas, baked potatoes, tomatoes and artichokes in your diet.

REVOFIT TAKE: There is no single magic food, which promises to prevent heart disease when consumed every day. You need to eat a variety of  unprocessed foods like grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, veggies, fish and lean protein, to get all the different nutrients. Also, if you have variety, you are more likely to stick to a heart-healthy lifestyle.

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