Monday, May 5, 2014

5 Foods That Reduce The Risk Of Heart Disease

foods to prevent heart disease 

Heart Disease is the biggest killer in the United States. Over the last twenty years there has been a dramatic increase in strokes, heart attack, high blood pressure and diabetes. Over 500,000 men and women die from heart disease each year in the USA alone. It’s no wonder, lack of exercise, fast foods laden with unhealthy saturated fats and the idea that eating healthy is more expensive have all contributed to an obese population.

What can be done to reduce the risk of this killer?

We all know that eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise can help, but what foods are considered to be ‘heart friendly’?

Here is our list of the top 5 Foods:

Ginger: can help to lower cholesterol and prevent cell damage. It works by lowering blood fat levels from clotting. Ginger can be added to meals or steeped in hot water to drink as a tea (or tisane). Ginger’s properties work to thin the blood, so it may be advisable to seek medical advice if you are on blood thinning drugs.

Foods containing Omega 3 are great for reducing the risk of heart attack. Aside from fish, fantastic vegetarian and vegan sources of this fatty acid are walnuts, flax seeds, hemp seeds, beans, seaweed, squash, wild rice and honeydew melon, to name a few.

Leafy Greens contain vitamin B and folate which are proven to reduce the risk of heart disease. Kale, collard greens, broccoli and spinach all contain high amounts of these vitamins. When prepared correctly, they can have the maximum benefit for your heart. When cooking, try to steam rather than boil. Avoid buying pre-cut leafy greens, as once they have been chopped up their nutritional value starts to decrease. 

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