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Heart health and nutrition

13 Feb 2012, 11:01
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Health and nutrition are interrelated. It has long been known that some natural foods contain active ingredients essential for the healthy condition of our heart muscle. 

 

Ten killers of heart health

 

How to feed your "engine"?

 

onion and garlic

First of all, the onion and garlic will help. Allyl sulfides contained in vegetables prevents high blood clotting. In addition, garlic and onion have antibacterial properties, and it seems to be extremely useful if we consider the fact that atherosclerosis and many other heart diseases usually  caused by infection.

 

Wild berries also reduces the risk of atherosclerosis. Vegetables such as turnips, rutabagas and mustard greens enhance the output of cholesterol. Various kinds of cabbage ― Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower proved to be useful as well. Everyone aware of the benefits of citrus. However, they are useful not only for high content in vitamin C. In addition, they also reduce inflammation and lower blood cholesterol level.

 

freezed cabbage

Tea is as priceless as veggies mentioned above. A cup of this precious drink ― either black or green, contains polyphenols, which stop the accumulation of LDL and prevent the accumulation of cholesterol on artery walls. 

 

If you like spices such as turmeric and cumin, then your heart will be much healthier. Derivative of these spices ― curcumin ― successfully fights inflammation, which is the one of cardiovascular disease first symptoms. 

 

Flax and hemp seed oil and fatty fish, especially salmon, mackerel, catfish and trout, contains large quantities of unsaturated fatty acids omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9, as well as soluble fibre. They reduce the level of "bad" cholesterol and raise "good" one. 

 

Low-salt diets. Risk factors of heart disease

 

carrot

Also, they are useful reducing of blood clotting. Soy products such as tofu are also capable for lowering cholesterol levels, due to the presence of isoflavones.

 

Aiming to support heart health, don't forget about such a valuable component as beta-carotene. It is an antioxidant that prevents the development of cardiovascular disease.

 

The most famous of its source is carrot and carrot juice. But don't forget about those rich in beta-carotene foods like squash, dark leafy greens, apricots. Seaweeds such as kelp and seaweed are very good for your health in general and heart health in particular. They also contain lots of beta-carotene.
 

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