The Top 5 Foods For Heart Health
Author: Adam Macdougall Date Posted:16 March 2018
There are easy ways to separate yourself from the pack and turn back the clock on your heart.
In fact, according to a recent study at Emory University,
more than 50 percent of all heart attack deaths can be prevented with a handful of dietary changes.
So take your heart health into your own hands.
1. DARK CHOCOLATE
Great news, chocoholics: Dozens of studies show that people who consume cocoa
as a hot drink or eaten as dark chocolate—are in much better cardiovascular shape than those who don’t.
One nine-year study in the journal Circulation Heart Failure found women who ate one to two servings of high-quality chocolate per week had a 32 percent lower risk of developing heart failure than those who said no to the cocoa.
And a second long-term study found that men who ate the most chocolate–about 1/3 of a cup of dark chocolate chips per week–had a 17 percent reduced risk of stroke compared to those who didn’t consume chocolate.
Researchers attribute cocoa’s health benefits to polyphenols and flavanols,
anti-inflammatory compounds that help protect the heart.
Opt for dark chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cacao to reap the maximum antioxidant benefits.
We eat more tomatoes and tomato products than any other non-starchy “vegetable.”
And that’s good news, researchers say, because tomatoes are particularly rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that,
unlike most nutrients in fresh produce, increases after cooking and processing.
Dozens of studies suggest a relationship between regular intake of
ycopene-rich tomatoes and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, skin damage, and certain cancers.
Researchers even found a concentrated “tomato pill” improved the widening of the blood
vessels in patients with cardiovascular disease by over 53 percent compared to a placebo.
Since the disease-fighting polyphenols in tomatoes occur in the skin, grape and cherry tomatoes are a healthier option.