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Heart Healthy foods

It’s clear that healthy eating as well as lifestyle can make a huge difference to heart health.  Read on to see what you should be including in your diet and what you should be avoiding.
Eating for a healthy heart means that filling your plate with foods high in fibre such as fruits and vegetables. Fish oils are very important for heart health; it is therefore essential to eat fish a couple of times of week.  The cold water fish are higher the omega 3 fatty acids.  These fish include salmon, mackerel, tuna. Limiting unhealthy fats like saturated and trans fats is important for heart heath.

Although there is no single food that is a cure-all heart health, certain foods have been shown to improve your heart health.

The following foods may help you lower your risk of heart disease:

  • Cold water fish
Cold water fish are a top choice when it comes to heart healthy foods as it is rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation and may support hearth health by lowering the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease.

  • Nuts
Nuts have a vast amount of healthy fats.  These monounsaturated fats help to lower your bad LDL cholesterol and raise your good HDL cholesterol

  • Berries
Berries have a potent amount of antioxidants. These amazing nutrients mop up cell damaging free radicals in your body.  They are also high in fibre and vitamin C, both of which have been linked to lower risk of stroke.

  • Oatmeal
Oats contain a type of fibre called beta-glucan that helps to lower your LDL or bad cholesterol

  • Whole grains
Whole grains are a good source of fibre and other nutrients that are heart health and help play a role in regulating blood pressure.

  • Limit unhealthy fats
Limiting how much saturated and trans fats you eat is an important step in reducing your blood cholesterol levels and your risk of heart disease.  A high blood cholesterol level can lead to build up of plaques in your arteries.

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