Some foods are considered great for improving heart health. Want to know why?
Do you know Agel HRT is a great way to protect your heart? Likewise, there are many other heart-friendly foods and you can know more about them in our previous posts here and here. Let’s take a look at more heart-healthy foods and why they’re great for your heart.
Rich in antioxidants, raisins fight against bacterial growth that can trigger gum diseases and inflammation. Do you those with gum problems are very likely to get heart diseases? Yes, according to a study, 50% of Americans are more likely to get heart problems. A report published in a heart and periodontal journal revealed the results of the study and the connection between heart and gum problems. Having raisins can not only protect your heart, but also your gums.
Rich in Vitamins A and C, fiber and potassium, tomatoes are very healthy. They’re also rich in lycopene, which combines with vitamins and minerals and offers protection from diseases. Many researchers suggest the nutrients rich tomatoes prevent cardiovascular disorders and the Vitamins and antioxidants remains intact through cooking.
We all know apples are great way to protect your heart. According to study, apples reduced the risk of death associated with cardiovascular and coronary heart diseases. The data was collected over the last twenty years and further, the study also found that those who ate apples regularly were less prone to strokes. The antioxidants found in apples namely quercetin, epigallocatechin, epicatechin, kaempferol and other nutrients reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and protects against plaque buildup in the arteries. Besides, they also prevent inflammation. That’s not all. Apples are rich in fiber that helps reduce cholesterol levels and also, rich in antioxidants.
According to studies, pomegranates curb plaque buildup in the arteries and reduce blood pressure. Experts say the benefits are probably due to the polyphenols and tannins. Further, they also stated that pomegranate juice has the highest antioxidant content, as compared to blueberry or cranberry.
The humble bananas are a rich source of potassium, a reason why they’re used to treat depression. A banana has about 422 mg, which is about 12% your daily potassium requirement. Besides, the potassium in bananas help normalizing heart functions and balances water and sodium levels in the body. It helps kidneys flush out unwanted sodium from the body, thus aids with promoting healthy blood pressure levels. Further, those who take diuretics to treat or manage heart disease will greatly benefit by consuming this potassium rich fruit, as it prevents water retention. Besides bananas, yogurt (579 mg/ cup), sweet potatoes (694 mg/ medium sweet potato) and spinach (419 mg for ½ cup) (cooked) are also good sources of potassium.
Thought popcorns aren’t healthy? Think again! Air popped popcorns, or popcorn prepared with less oil is a healthy snack. Popcorn is rich in antioxidants like polyphenols, which improve heart health. Do you know popcorns have more polyphenols than kidney beans or cranberries? This was established in a recent research by University of Scranton. Besides, it is a whole grain that is low-calorie and prevents heart diseases. Just make sure you buy organic corn as corn and soy are the toppers in the list of GMO (Genetically Modified Foods).
According to research, garlic ratchets down angiostensin, an enzyme that restricts blood vessels. This action is very similar to that of ACE inhibitor drugs used to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure. Besides, it also prevents plaque buildup in arteries. According to Dr. Matthew Budoff, a professor of medicine at UCLA, plaque progression reduced by more than 50% when individuals took garlic extracts.
Did you hate the dark green leafy kale, like many out there? You aren’t alone, but do you know it is a super food? According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, it has everything to be called as a super food. It is loaded with heart-healthy antioxidants, folate, fiber, vitamin E and potassium. According to Los Angeles Atherosclerosis Study, it is rich in Lutein, so protects against atherosclerosis. Besides, it has a rare compound called glucoraphanin, which actives Nrf2; a special protective protein that protects the arteries from plaque build-up says Dr. Fuhrman.
Now you know why they’re good. Incorporate them in your diet and use Agel HRT for a healthy heart.