2 – Beans – The old rhyme goes, beans beans good for the heart, the more you eat the more you fart.
Beans help reduce cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and decrease inflammation because they are rich in resistant starch.
Remember not all beans are created equal, so take it easy with these guys…
3 – Nuts generally can be very good at helping maintain and healthy heart but the nut that comes out on top is the almond. High in monounsaturated fats and a good source of fibre that fight against heart disease.
These little guys are nutrient dense and are linked to a reduction cholesterol and weight loss. As with all nuts and seeds a small amount every day is better than a several handfuls in one go because there are packed with calories.
Nuts must be eaten raw by this I mean, not roasted or salted. This will add saturated fat and sodium which can have the opposite effect of what we ‘re trying to achieve.
4 – Liver. Maybe not for everyone but we don’t discriminate here.
Grass feed and organic should be a preference for any meat you eat. If you are lucky enough, local soured meat from somewhere you trust would be great.
Of all the organ meats readily available, liver is the most nutrient dense of all.
Packed with copper, zinc, chromium, iron, and folic acid.
These help to keep our heart healthy by increasing blood’s haemoglobin level.
5 – Last but not least, for those with a sweet tooth…
Dark chocolate – Obviously we can’t overdo it with this one because chocolate is high in calories and sugar, but a little bit of dark choc is very good for the old ticker.
High in antioxidants that help lower the risk of developing calcified plaque in the arteries.
5 of our favourite foods for a healthy heart
Our favourite. And these are all full to the brim with important nutrients that play an important role in heart health.
Berries are rich in antioxidants like anthocyanins, these protect against the oxidative stress and inflammation that contribute to the development of heart disease and there are many studies that show a diet high in berry consumption can reduce several risk factors for heart disease.
Strawberries significantly improve insulin resistance and LDL cholesterol which is bad.
Blueberries can help control blood clotting and blood pressure by improving the cells that line the walls of the blood vessels.