11 Foods You Need To Consume Regularly To Maintain A Healthy Heart!

 

Your heart is probably your most prized possession. It’s what keeps you going ahead, literally! Like any machine that we use, your heart needs to be maintained well so that your body keeps functioning without any problems whatsoever. As the old adage goes, “Prevention is better than a cure”. Certain foods when consumed regularly, will keep your heart functioning perfectly.

 

1. Single clove of garlic consumed every day can help to reduce the production of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, raise the production of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol and also keep blood pressure within normal limits.

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2. Powerful antioxidant chemicals in pomegranate fruit and juice may help reverse atherosclerosis and lower blood pressure.

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3. Best known for its digestive and anti-flatulent properties, ginger is increasingly gaining recognition as a herb that promotes heart health. It is capable of preventing formation of clots, improving blood circulation and lowering LDL cholesterol levels. In fact, certain laboratory studies have found ginger to be more effective than the drug aspirin as a blood clot preventive measure.

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4. Green tea has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol, as well as protect the LDL particles from oxidation. Observational studies show that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

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5. It is an important Ayurvedic herb for heart conditions. It is considered a natural cardio-tonic and cardiac restorative. The herb strengthens the cardiac muscle, reduces arterial congestion and lowers blood pressure.

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6. It has an active ingredient called curcumin that helps maintain heart health by reducing cholesterol oxidation, plaque buildup and clot formation. Plus, it helps lower LDL and provides anti-inflammatory benefits.

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7. Oatmeal is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as magnesium, potassium, niacin, calcium and soluble fiber. Eating oatmeal regularly can lower LDL levels (the bad cholesterol) and help keep your arteries clear.

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8. Black beans contain B-complex vitamins, niacin, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and soluble fiber. All these nutrients help control both cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

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9. It is made from the first press of olives, is especially rich in heart-healthy antioxidants called polyphenols, as well as healthy monounsaturated fats. It contains higher levels of “good fat” compared to various vegetable oils and their cholesterol-inducing “bad” fats. Regular consumption of extra virgin olive oil can help lower cholesterol levels and protect blood vessels.

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10. The seeds or ground powder is used to cure many ailments including digestive problems, lowering blood sugar and lowering cholesterol. It is a very good remedy to prevent heart related diseases.

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11. Its antioxidants help prevent the fats in meat from turning rancid. The same principle applies to your heart. It is also as circulatory stimulant and dilates the blood vessels.

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