Show your heart some love by making these five heart-healthy foods part of your regular diet (via WebMD):
- Blueberries. The anthocyanins that give blueberries their dark blue color are also powerful antioxidants that give blueberries extraordinary disease-fighting power. Blueberries are also packed with filling fiber and vitamin C. Try them over cereal, in whole-wheat pancakes or waffles, or all by themselves as a tasty snack.
- Salmon. The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon are essential for a healthy heart. Bonus: Its high protein content aids in muscle building and recovery.
- Soy protein. This protein contains fiber, vitamins, and minerals – all the building blocks for a heart-healthy meal. A diet rich in soy protein can also lower triglycerides, which in turn will lower your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
- Oatmeal. This breakfast favorite is a great source of whole-grains, vitamins and minerals. It’s also rich in fiber, which can help lower bad (LDL) cholesterol. For nine health benefits of oatmeal, see our recent post.
- Spinach. Popeye knew what he was doing. Considered royalty in the vegetable kingdom, the multiple phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals (especially folate and iron) in spinach help your body to fight off disease, protect against heart disease, and preserve your eyesight.