Foods that can save your heart

The heart is probably the most important organ of the body, because of the role it plays. For one, if the heart is not able to supply blood to the organs and tissues they’ll die. It also aids in disposing of wastes from the system. Because of its essential role, it is important it remains healthy.

Asides routine exercises, here are a few foods that can help keep it save:

Fresh herbs…especially when used as replacements for salts, sugars and trans fat. Used alongside berries and nuts could do the hearts a whole lot of good. Rosemary, thyme, oregano contain anti-oxidants.

Red wine…is not only good for the stomach, Resveratrol and catechins, two anti-oxidants in red wine helps protect artery walls. It also boasts HDI, the good cholesterol.

Salmon…is very rich in DHA Omega 3s which lessens the risk of heart rhythm disorder and lowers blood pressure. It also lowers blood triglycerides and help check inflammations.

Almonds…especially the silvered ones, go well with vegetables, fish, chicken and desserts. The sterols, fibre and heart-healthy fats from almond help lower ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol. It pays if you toast it so as to enhance their creamy mild flavour.

Sweet potatoes…with a low glycemic index, these spuds won’t cause quick spike in blood sugar. They also have fibre, vitamin A and lycopene. Make sure to boost their natural sweetness with cinnamon and lime juice rather than sugary topping.

Oranges…this sweet, juicy fruit has the cholesterol-fighting fibre pectin as well as potassium, which help control blood pressure. Research shows that OJ may make your blood vessels work better and lower blood pressure a bit.

Oatmeal…in all form can help your heart by lowering LDL, the ‘bad’ cholesterol. A warm bowl of oat fills you up for hours, fights snack attacks and helps keep blood sugar levels stable over time…very useful for people with diabetes.