It’s been proven that the most effective way to protect our body from disease is by making sure that we are putting healthy ingredients into our body. Our diet plays a huge role in the prevention of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, among many more.
Today though this is going to be about protection against heart disease. Processed foods play a big role in reducing the health of the heart and it has been proven that people who eat less processed foods are 35% less likely to suffer from a heart attack or stroke. So you see it’s so important to monitor wha you’re putting into your regular diet.
I you feel like you have had an unhealthy diet for a while then don’t shy away because it’s never too late to get healthier or clean up your diet.
Studies have shown that 70% of heart disease can be avoided with the right diet and exercise, whereas medications for reducing heart disease appear to only lower the risk by 25%-30%.
A lot of people think that they will have to deny themselves off the food they find pleasurable but that’s not true, in moderation, you can still eat some of the things that you love to indulge in.
There are a wide range of foods that are heart healthy foods, these include: Almonds, citrus fruit, fish (oily, omega-3 fatty acid), garlic, dark chocolate and red wine.
Here are some of the best foods that protect the heart:
Kale: Yes most of us have heard of that dark leafy veg that has superfood written all over it. Kale protects against atherosclerosis, it has nearly everything you would desire in a superfood. Kale has a huge serving of heart healthy antioxidants, potassium, folate, fibre and omega-3 fatty acid. Kale protects against plaque buildup in the arteries.
Red Wine: Red wine is a pleasure to most of us and although in the right quantity it is very beneficial to us, as soon as you exceed that limit it will loose it’s positive effects in it’s protected nature directed towards the heart and also studies have shown that more than one of glass of wine daily can increase the risk in breast cancer for women. Red wine helps to keep flexibility in the blood vessels and reduces the risk of clotting, also it brings up ”the good cholesterol”.
Lentils: Studies have shown, that incredibly, people who consumed, legumes such as lentils were associated with an 82% reduction in the risk of death from heart disease. This has to do with the folate, magnesium and potassium.
Pomegranate: Pomegranate have unique antioxidants, that block the build up of plaque and actually reversed some build up when people regularly drank it daily for a year. Pomegranates break down oxidised cholesterol.
Oranges: Oranges help to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and heart failure. Oranges contain soluble fibre pectin which acts like a sponge, absorbing up cholesterol. Oranges contain potassium: Citrus pectin helps balance a protein called galectin-3 that cause scaring of the heart tissue, that leads to heart disease.
Having a balanced and healthy diet really is key to protecting against disease. So stock up your kitchen cupboards with these items and if you haven’t already start incorporating these foods regularly into your meals.