As Valentine’s Day draws near, most people concern themselves more with how to impress their loved-one with grand, romantic gestures. But with all the hoopla, most people forget that, to be able to give their full self to their loved ones, they need to keep themselves in optimum health. One way to ensure good health is to take care of the heart. Here are the top 5 foods that support heart health.
- Fatty Fish
Fatty fish such as salmon, seabass, and tuna are just some of the examples of fish that are loaded with Omega-3s. Omega-3 helps decrease risks of high blood pressure and triglycerides.
- Yellow, red, and orange-colored fruits and vegetables
Fruits and veggies in those colors are high in carotenoids. Carotenoids are potent antioxidants that combat oxidative stress, which may result in poorer heart health. So load up on oranges, bell peppers, watermelon, carrots and red beets, to enjoy the benefits for your heart.
- Red Wine
Yes, you read that right! Red wine contains a substance called Resveratrol, a polyphenol in red wine that helps protect the lining of the heart blood vessels. It also helps lower LDL cholesterol (also known as bad cholesterol). However, this does not mean you should finish a bottle of red wine every night. It may be wise to drink red wine instead of other alcoholic beverages, though, during social events.
- Whole Grains
Whole grains are a great source of dietary fiber, which can help regulate blood pressure. Swapping out white rice for unpolished rice such as brown, red, or black rice immediately helps increase your dietary fiber. Adding plain steel-cut or rolled oats to your daily consumption is also another great way to increase fiber.
- Good fats
Good fats help keep your blood cholesterol levels at normal range. Choosing grass-fed butter over margarine, incorporating avocados into your meals, eating raw nuts and seeds, choosing healthy oils such as VCO are just some of the many ways to incorporate good fats into your daily intake.