Last week I wrote about 5 heart healthy foods to include in your diet. Here is the rest of the list!
Berries are a powerhouse for antioxidants. Blueberries are especially high in anthocyanins, phytonutrients that aid in the neutralizing free radicals and reducing cell damage. Enjoy berries in season or frozen year long.
Oats, quinoa, brown rice, barley and bulger are all examples of whole grains. They are high in fiber and phytonutrients which help bring down our cholesterol levels and improve heart health. Make at least half of your grains in the day whole grain.
Flaxseeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds are all high in omega 3 fatty acids. Add them to your baked loaf, smoothies, salads or yogurt. Grind the flaxseeds at home in a grinder to get the maximum absorption.
Green tea contains antioxidants called flavonoids, which have been shown to prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol and reduce blood clotting. Enjoy a warm cup of green tea in the morning or before bed.
The turmeric spice has amazing health benefits. It contains the compound curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties that help with chronic disease prevention. Add it to roasted vegetables, rice, or curries for nutrition and a splash of golden color.
This list isn't complete without olives of course! Olives are known for their monounsaturated healthy fats and are an essential food of the mediterranean diet. This fruit has been shown to have numerous health benefits for the heart, so go ahead and snack on some or through onto your salad!
How often do you eat these foods?
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