Top 5 Foods For A Healthy Heart
Author: Adam Macdougall Date Posted:6 May 2019
Cardiovascular disease accounted for the most deaths of any disease last year. The crazy thing is, it's preventable.
In a recent study from Emory University, researchers found that more than half of all heart disease-related deaths could have been prevented with a small handful of dietary changes.
Don't be a statistic, turn back the clock on your heart by incorporating these heart-healthy foods into your diet.
1. DARK CHOCOLATE
That's right chocoholics, studies have shown that the cocoa in dark chocolate is great for cardiovascular health.
This is due to the anti-inflammatory compounds - polyphenols and flavanols - that help to protect the heart by supporting cell production. Unfortunately, these benefits don't extend to milk chocolate or other types of chocolate, sorry guys.
Opt for dark chocolate that's at least 70% cocoa to reap maximum benefits, and limit yourself to a few squares a day.
Tomatoes are one of the most consumed 'vegetables' in Australia, and that's a good thing. Tomatoes are particularly rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that, unlike most nutrients in fresh produce, increases after cooking and processing.
Studies suggest a relationship between regular intake of lycopene-rich tomatoes and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, skin damage, and certain cancers.
Since the disease-fighting polyphenols in tomatoes occur in the skin, grape and cherry tomatoes are a healthier option.
Salmon is an amazing high-protein, low-calorie superfood to include in your diet. Not only this, but it's great for your heart!
Studies have shown that foods high in Omega-3 fats are linked to better cardiovascular health.
Two servings of fatty fish per week, like Omega-3 rich salmon, has been proven to reduce a person's risk of heart disease.