January 13, 2017

Five Power Foods for Your Heart

shutterstock-heart-berriesBy Erin Young

You may be eating a balanced diet. But some foods are packed with more heart healthy nutrients than others.

Check out five of the best foods for powering your heart!

  1. Brown Rice
    • Freezes Well, gluten-free, stuff in veggies and bake
    • Powerful antioxidants
    • Contains special compounds called lignans, which help fight heart disease
    • High in fiber, easy to digest
  2. Spinach
    • Eat raw for more vitamins
    • Try in a smoothie
    • Wash thoroughly
    • High in iron which helps lower cholesterol
  3. Pears
    • Lowers your cholesterol levels
    • High in fiber
    • A medium-sized pear supplies 212 milligrams of potassium which helps your heart beat normally
  4. Berries
    • High levels of antioxidants and phytochemicals to reduce your risk of heart disease
    • No saturated fat or cholesterol
    • Excellent source of vitamin C
  5. Fatty Fish
    • Salmon, lake trout, herring, sardines and tuna contain the most omega-3 fatty acids
    • Supports inflammation reduction throughout the body, which prevents blood vessel damage
    • Consume at least 2-3 portions a week

Remember, its total body awareness that truly helps to prevent the risk of heart disease.

Keep your body moving, get at least 8 hours of sleep and schedule annual checkups.

To learn more about optimizing your heart health, call Mission Heart and Asheville Cardiology Associates, (828) 274-6000, or visit mission-health.org/heart.

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