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Food for heart

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Taking the right diet is a must for a healthy heart. Here are the most important nutrients that your heart require for staying healthy.

Taking the right diet is a must for a healthy heart. Here are the most important nutrients that your heart require for staying healthy.

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  • 1. Food for heart
    Must consume nutrients for a healthy and happy heart
  • 2. Omega-3 fatty acids
    A big study recently reported that fish oils decrease dangerous blood fats known as triglycerides by an average of 29 per cent and lower cholesterol by 12 per cent (lowering bad LDL cholesterol by 32 per cent and increasing HDL by 10 per cent). They also bring down inflammation, which is what can make plaque form in the first place. Linseeds (flax seeds) and their oils are also good.
  • 3. Vitamins A, C, E
    These highly beneficial antioxidant vitamins all have the ability to prevent deposits, including fats, sticking to artery walls and can help to prevent damage to the arterial linking caused by free radicals. Best sources of A are fish oil, egg yolk, liver; C is richest in citrus fruits, kiwis, strawberries, red peppers, peas; E in avocados, chickpeas, almonds, tuna, sunflower oil and muesli.
  • 4.  Selenium
    Most of us are deficient in this valuable antioxidant mineral, which works with vitamin E to mop up damaging free radicals. It is found in lentils, whole meal bread, sardines and Brazil nuts.
  • 5. Allicin
    Studies have shown that allicin, which is found most abundantly in garlic and also to a lesser degree in onions and leeks, may help preventing blood clots from forming in coronary arteries. It is known to have blood-thinning properties.
  • 6. Folic acid
    Folic acid helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease associated with high blood levels of homocysteine. It is found mainly in green leafy vegetable, mushrooms, pulses, nuts, fruits and root vegetables.
  • 7. Flavonoids
    Flavonoids inhibit the action of platelets, which are the blood cells that join to form blood clots. They are antioxidants that also help the absorption and action of vitamin C. Flavonoids can be found in fruit and vegetable, especially apples and onions.
  • 8. Monounsaturated fatty acids
    These lower the levels of potentially harmful LDL cholesterol and maintain the necessary levels of beneficial HDL cholesterol. They can be found in rapeseed, walnut and groundnut oils, and avocados. Olive oil is another useful source and extra-virgin olive oil also contain protective antioxidants.
  • 9. Vitamin B6
    This vitamin is essential for reducing levels of damaging amino acid homocysteine. B6 can be found in fish, pulses, nuts, chicken and potatoes.
  • 10. Phytoesrogens
    These are currently under investigation as their health giving properties seem prolific and include the ability to fight coronary heart disease. They reduce excess cholesterol and are rich in essential vitamins and minerals. They are found in soy, watermelon, onions, garlic, broccoli and even in tea.
  • 11. Lycopene
    This is a carotenoid noted for its use in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. It is fat-soluble and is therefore more efficiently absorbed when eaten with oil. It can be found in raw tomatoes and in any tomato product.
  • 12. Beta-carotene
    This is another carotenoid, which makes fruit brightly coloured. It helps to prevent the build-up of toxins in the arteries as well as having many other health-giving properties. It is found in spinach, tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, peas, carrots and sweet potatoes.
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