Heart Healthy Foods–Are they in your diet?

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Berries – A berry bonus for an antioxidant boost! Antioxidants can help prevent or limit oxidation and even repair damaged cells which have been shown to help prevent heart disease.

 

Cinnamon – Don’t over look this powerful spice – It is know for its anti-inflammatory properties that have been shown to be helpful in preventing blockage in the arteries.

 

Squash – Squash high blood pressure with squash! It is loaded with potassium, which supports normal functioning of the heart.

 

Olive oil – – Rich in monounsaturated fat that may help lower LDL (lousy) cholesterol while protecting HDL (healthy) cholesterol

 

Garlic – It may do a number on your breath but it works like wonders for your heart by effectively lowering cholesterol and even blood pressure!

 

Mushrooms – Make room for mushrooms! Mushrooms are a great source of vitamin D that helps build stronger bones and even boost heart health!

 

Butternut squash – A hearty source of vitamin A and beta-carotene.  Studies show those who eat one serving a day of foods rich in beta-carotene decrease the risk of heart attacks by 60%.

 

Beans – Maximize magnesium in your diet with beans!  This mighty magical mineral, magnesium, has been shown to powerfully lower the risk of heart disease by 45%.

 

Tomatoes – One of the highest sources of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may help prevent plaque from clogging arteries.  Studies show high intake of lycopene is linked to a lower risk for heart attacks.

 

Barley – Rich in fiber, especially a type of soluble fiber that has the ability to lower total and LDL or lousy cholesterol.

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