Heart diseases contribute to nearly a third of deaths across the globe. Among other factors like exercise, one’s diet greatly determines the cardiac health of an individual. In fact, some of these foods directly influence blood pressure, cholesterol levels and inflammation, all of which are risk factors for heart disease. Nutrients and minerals found in these foods include Vitamin K, which protect blood vessels and contribute in blood clotting; nitrates, which reduce blood pressure; omega 3, which reduces the risk of irregular heart rhythms and fiber, which reduce blood levels of “bad” cholesterol; among others.
These foods include green leafy vegetables, healthy nuts such as almonds, berries such as blueberries, seeds such as Chia seeds, legumes such as beans, fruits such as oranges and papaya, soy and dark chocolate. To maintain a healthy heart, excessive junk foods such as potato chips, cookies, pies, and ice cream should be strictly avoided. Foods high in fats like butter, fried foods and processed meats are also a risk factor to developing heart disease.Follow us in social media: