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Eat These Foods to Prevent Heart Disease

By: Debdatta Mazumder

Heart is one of the most vital body organs that always keeps you on the go. The main function of the heart is to pump blood throughout your body, which will thereby help all your organs to receive oxygen and other nutrients.

Blood, which flows from your heart to all other parts of your body, is known as the Arterial Blood. Again, when deoxygenated blood flows towards your heart, it is known as the Venous Blood. Heart purifies this form of blood and circulates it throughout your body.

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If, for any reasons, this whole system is hampered, you may suffer from severe heart diseases, which can even cause death. Today, heart diseases have become a common phenomenon among several people.

When plaque is formed in the blood vessels and arteries, your heart feels difficulty in pumping the purified blood throughout your body.

Cholesterol is one of the important substances that builds plaque on your arteries and blood vessels, and therefore blocks the path for free flow of blood.

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Your heart can be at stake due to high blood pressure, high sugar, high cholesterol level, etc. Nowadays, due to an unhealthy lifestyle, people are facing heart diseases at an increased rate.

Along with maintaining some healthy habits, you should concentrate on your diet to have a healthy heart. Therefore, here are some of the essential foods that can help keep your heart in a better condition. Read on to know more.


1. Lemon:

By controlling blood pressure and keeping your cholesterol level low, lemon keeps your heart in a good condition. Lemon has potassium that counterbalances the salt in your body, which helps in keeping blood pressure under control. A warm glass of lemon water every day can keep your heart healthy.


2. Flax Seeds:

Why are flax seeds one of the best suggested foods for the heart? Well, these nutrient-rich seeds contain Omega-3 fatty acids and also a high content of fibre. Therefore, it keeps your cholesterol level under control and helps you lose weight. Thus, it keeps your heart well.


3. Barley:

Barley contains a special kind of fibre known as Beta-gluten. It works wonderful on lowering your LDL cholesterol level. If you include this in your regular diet, it can help keep cardiovascular diseases at bay.


4. Walnuts:

Doctors suggest having 5 ounces of walnuts every week, as it can lower the risk of heart diseases. The monounsaturated fats in walnuts help in lowering the ‘bad' cholesterol (LDL) and increase the level of ‘good' cholesterol (HDL). Again, it is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for maintaining a good heart health.


5. Tomatoes:

Tomatoes contain heart-healthy antioxidant, Lycopene, which keeps your blood vessels open and controls the level of LDL cholesterol. Besides, tomatoes contain a little amount of sugar that makes it healthy for the heart.


6. Blueberries:

High blood pressure is a deadly reason for heart attacks and strokes. Having blueberries, more than 3 servings a week, can keep your blood pressure level under control. It contains anthocyanins which lower high BP and thereby keep the blood vessels dilated.


7. Soy Products:

Soy products like soy milk, soy beans, tofu, etc, provide proteins to your body by keeping you away from cholesterol and unhealthy fats. Besides, these contain several vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that help control LDL cholesterol level and thereby keep your heart in a healthy state.


8. Almonds:

A handful of almonds can work as an evening snack when you crave for food. It keeps you full and fights obesity, which is one of the important reasons for developing cardiovascular diseases. It increases the level of HDL cholesterol and fights all heart diseases.


9. Extra Virgin Olive Oil:

Extra virgin olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats that work on your high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels. Being a good source of ‘good' fat, you should use olive oil for cooking purposes to have a healthy heart.

Read more about: wellness, heart, diseases, foods
Story first published: Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 2:00 [IST]
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