5 Foods That Are Good For The Health Of Your Heart
This tip is courtesy of Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging: Your Online Guide To The Anti-Inflammatory Diet. Get more nutrition and health advice – and save 30% – when you start your 14-day free trial!
Adopting prudent lifestyle habits and eating a healthy diet are the best ways to achieve optimal health. You can help minimize risks of heart disease and promote a strong cardiovascular system by adding these anti-inflammatory foods to your diet:
- Nuts, especially almonds, walnuts, cashews and macadamias contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Eat a moderate portion of preferably raw or gently toasted nuts every day.
- Whole soy protein. If you substitute whole soy protein, such as edamame or tofu, for animal protein each day, you can lower levels of homocysteine, a toxic amino acid linked to increased risk of heart disease. If these levels remain elevated, seek out an integrative provider and discuss how targeted B vitamin supplementation may help.
- Fresh garlic. This medicinal herb may help lower cholesterol levels. Use one or two chopped raw or lightly cooked cloves a day.
- Green tea. It provides EGCG, a polyphenol than may help to moderate inflammation and lower cholesterol. Substitute a cup of heart-healthy green tea for your morning coffee or afternoon soda.
- Soluble fiber. It has a powerful cholesterol-lowering effect. Beans and legumes are good sources to add to your diet – aim for one or two servings per day. You can also add 1-2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed to salads or smoothies.
Don’t miss next Monday’s Daily Tip for foods to avoid when it comes to your heart.