7 Foods good for your heart

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team

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The risk of cardiovascular diseases has become something that is on the rise. Stressful working hours, unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise, sedentary lifestyle and personal stress are few of the reasons that can become a factor for the induction of cardiovascular diseases.

Eating the right food can always help you stay healthy. Read further to know about a few of the foods which can help you keep your heart healthy.

 
 

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1. Olive oil

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Consuming olive oil is very good for your heart. Olive oil can be considered as one of the healthiest oils of all. Olive oil can reduce the levels of LDL(bad cholesterol) in your body. They also have a lot of monounsaturated fats and antioxidants that are very good for your heart. Extra virgin olive oil is much healthier since it contains a lot of polyphenols. Olive oil can become a natural substitute for your regular cooking oil. They can also be substituted for mayonnaise and other high calories salad dressings.

2. Almonds

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Containing minerals like iron, zinc, magnesium and vitamins B17 and E they can be a prominent source of monounsaturated fats. Almonds can be consumed every day but have to be done so in moderated quantities. Almonds are known to reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering your cholesterol levels.

3. Apples

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Apples have a lot of quercetin in them. Quercetin is a plant flavonol which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps in preventing your body from developing clots in your blood. Apples an easily become a part of your everyday food consumption. You can have one along with your breakfast cereal or slice an apple and make it an alternative for your oil fried crisps.

4. Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are a well-known source of vitamin and also a wonderful blood purifier. Consuming tomatoes regularly reduces the risk of heart disease in a person. Being rich in vitamin K, tomatoes can help your body from the occurrence of hemorrhages. Tomatoes can be consumed raw, can go along with salads, can become a part of your sandwich stuffing and be cooked as well.

5.Whole grains

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Barley, millet, pulse, wheat and even beans can be very good for your health since they are a prominent and natural source of fiber and several vitamins. Their composition is also made up of magnesium, iron, vitamin E and a variety of antioxidants. Consuming whole grains regularly can also keep your blood pressure down.

6. Soy protein

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Soy protein is available in the market in several forms, including soya chunks, soya minces and soybean curd. Soy can become an excellent alternative for red meat. Apart from the good it does, red meat is rich in fats and has a high concentration of cholesterol and saturated fats, which are bad for your health.

7. Oats

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Oats have become one of the most popular and healthy options for breakfast nowadays. They make you full very easily, keep you energetic and are also great for your heart’s health. Rich in beta-glucan, a soluble fiber that has the capacity to bring down your bad cholesterol(LDL) and keep your body healthy. Oats are also available in the forms of oatmeal cookies and bread.

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