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Heart Health

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“According to the American Heart Association (AHA), while heart disease and stroke kill one in every 3.7 men, one in 2.4 women lose their lives to heart disease and stroke – the no. 1 and no. 3 killers of women. By way of comparison, breast cancer kills one in 29 women.”(Source:Healthfinder.gov)

HEART HEALTHY FOODS

If you are looking for the best foods for heart health, being red and heart shaped is your clue. Heart shaped fruits and vegetables are great sources of antioxidants. These compounds shield the heart from free radicals that are known to cause heart disease and cancewr.

TOMATOES: they red, when sliced open you’ll see that it has multiple chambers, much like the structure of a heart. Studies have found that lycopene, which is in tomatoes and many red fruits, as well as red peppers, reduces the risk for heart disease.

STRAWBERIES & RASPBERRIES: shaped like the heart and filled with vitamin C and the antioxidant polyphenol, which prevents plaque from forming.  CHERRIES: contain the antioxidant anthocyanin that protects blood vessels and are high in potassium, which lowers blood pressure.
ACORN SQUASH: acorn squash contain tons of fiber, which reduces the bad cholesterol that can clog arteries, and cause heart attacks and stroke.
So, next time you are looking for a heart-healthy snack, remember that if it looks like your ticker, it’s probably good for it too. “It’s a happy coincidence that many of these foods actually resemble the organ they help to protect,” says Elio

Other heart healthy foods include nuts. Almonds, pistachios, walnuts, and peanuts are four that are known for lowering the risk of obtaining harmful heart conditions

Don’t forget your dark green veggies like spinach, collard greens, and broccoli that benefits heart health by helping to keep blood pressure levels stable providing a good source of fiber to help maintain your body functioning normally

References:
Heart Shaped Foods Can Be Good for Your Ticker retrieved from
https://www.slu.edu/news/2017/february/heart-shaped-healthy-foods.php
Top Heart Healthy Food retrieved from https://healthprep.com/fitness-nutrition/10-heart-healthy-foods/8/?utm_source=bing&utm_campaign=270843768&utm_medium=search&utm_term=healthy%20food%20for%20healthy%20heart&utm_content=1144591739702135

Yours in health – Dr. Velonda