Heart Health: Foods You Should Always Have in Your Diet

Heart Health: Foods You Should Always Have in Your Diet

While it is no surprise that the healthiest diet consists of fruits, vegetables, and grains, people often overlook the foods that are actually the best for your heart. In reality, these foods not only provide you with essential fats and vitamins but are also helpful in keeping your arteries clear and preventing clots from forming.

  • Tahini

This creamy paste made from ground sesame seeds (also known as tahini) is high in fiber and magnesium. Both fiber and magnesium help prevent blood clots by maintaining the elasticity of your blood vessels. Magnesium also helps to lower blood pressure and reduces the amount of cholesterol in your body by helping to dissolve it.

  • Sardines

Sardines are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks by lowering inflammation throughout the body as well as reducing triglyceride levels.

  • Ginger

Ginger has anti-clotting properties that are particularly helpful for people who suffer from heart disease or have a family history of it. Ginger has also been shown to improve circulation when it is consumed regularly.

  • Olive oil

Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fat and “good” fats. It may even help lower inflammation, an underlying factor in many chronic diseases. The AHA recommends using olive oil instead of other oils most of the time, but choose natural varieties over those that have been processed.

  • Red wine

Red wine contains resveratrol, a chemical linked with improved blood flow and reduced blood clots. Moderate consumption — one drink per day for women, two for men — is thought to be beneficial, but drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk for high blood pressure and stroke.

  • Poultry and fish

A diet rich in lean meats like chicken and fish has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels. Aim to include these foods at least twice a week in your diet.

Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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