There seems to be lists of foods that help with (insert) condition, and other foods that help with (insert) condition. The truth is, many of these foods overlap, and there’s good reason. Many of the foods that I’m about to go over are important for your overall health. So, don’t think of it as ‘I’m eating this for my heart’, but rather incorporate it into your diet for the overall health benefits.
Salmon and other fatty fish. Omega 3 fatty acids have been researched and shown to prevent heart attacks by helping the heart maintain its rhythm. Long chain omega 3’s in particular are helpful, which are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Dark Leafy Greens. Salad greens, spinach, kale, swiss chard, collard and mustard greens are rich in vitamins A, C, E and K and contain antioxidants which help the body get rid of toxins. They also contain high amounts of calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which have been shown to regulate blood pressure.
Nuts and Seeds. Unsalted nuts and seeds are high in potassium, and magnesium, which helps regulate blood pressure, as well as contain short chain omega 3’s. The warning I always put with this category – seeds and nuts are high in calories. It’s easy to grab a bag and start snacking! I always try to measure my serving size with these to make sure I don’t overdo it.
Beets. Yes, beets made the list. They contain high amounts of nitric oxide, which can help open blood vessels and lower blood pressure. They also contain betalain, which is an anti-inflammatory. Beets are a great choice for anyone which chronic inflammation.
Avocados. Avocados are a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids, which can lower both your total cholesterol and your “bad” cholesterol (LDL) while maintaining your “good” cholesterol (HDL) levels.
Some of these foods may seem daunting initially, I get it. Not everyone is a fish fan for example. If that is you, supplements may be the answer. We have a great Tuna Omega supplement which gives you everything you need to get the benefits from it. As for the others, slowly start to make the change. You will be amazed at how good you feel!