February 28, 2018 |  written by IVX Health

Top 10 Heart Healthy Foods

As we wrap up American Heart Month, let’s take a look at one of the most important ways to keep your heart healthy: diet. Today we’ll go over the top 10 healthiest foods to keep your heart in tip-top shape.

#1: Fish

While all fish provide beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, the top choices for a heart healthy diet are salmon, albacore tuna, trout, mackerel, herring and sardines.

#2: Nuts

Walnuts and almonds are the best choices for heart health, since they’re great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as Vitamin E and folate.

#3: Chia Seeds

These tiny little seeds that used to be relegated to kitschy Chia Pets are now a staple in heart-healthy diets.  Even though they’re tiny, they pack in a ton of omega-3s.  You can stir them into yogurt or oatmeal, or sprinkle them on avocado toast for a nice crunch.

#4: Avocados

Speaking of avocados, these fruits (yes, they’re a fruit!) have a lot of monounsaturated fat, which makes them a great choice for a heart-healthy diet.

#5: Whole Grains

Whole grains like oatmeal and quinoa are excellent for providing important nutrients and fiber, as well as helping regulate blood pressure.

#6: Berries

Blueberries, strawberries and other types of berries have a little heart-healthy ingredient called resveratrol, which has anti-aging properties, in addition to other antioxidants that help minimize damage from free radicals.

#7: Coffee

More research is showing that coffee, especially when you drink it black, has a number of benefits for heart health, including antioxidants.  Assuming you don’t have any other contraindications, enjoy your morning cup of go guilt-free.

#8: Red Wine

That resveratrol we mentioned earlier?  Red wine has it too!  Red wine also features procyanidins, a specific kind of antioxidant that reduces cholesterol and improves arterial health.  Moderation is key, but enjoying a serving of cabernet or merlot a few times a week, if you don’t have any medical reasons not to, can be great for your heart.

#9: Green Tea

If coffee and wine aren’t your thing, or even if they are, enjoying a cup of green tea can also improve your heart health, thanks to its hypertension-improving benefits.

#10: Cruciferous Vegetables

When it comes to heart health and veggies, you really can’t beat broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts.  They’re all rich in both vitamins and antioxidants, so they’re worth including in your diet.

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