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Stick to “Red” for a Healthier Heart


Pursuing a healthy diet is much easier than you think—it tastes great, too. When it comes to choosing the best fruits and vegetables for your heart healthy lifestyle, the wide variety of products to choose from in the produce section of your local grocery store can be overwhelming. Scientists are now advising individuals to think “red” for a better heart, and better you.

It has been a long standing fact that eating the recommended daily dose of fruits and vegetables proves beneficial for your health. Topping the list of the 10 best foods for your heart include, but are not limited to: green leafy vegetables, oats, whole grains, soy protein, olive oil, tomatoes and apples. If you are a salad connoisseur, adding tomatoes and olive oil to spinach or lettuce mixtures will give your smart diet an extra boost of vitamins which will in turn, aid in heart health.

If you are looking to benefit your heart specifically, it’s as easy as playing the match game and choosing colors most similar to the ideal image of the human heart. In addition to the list of heart healthy “super foods”, scientists recommend adding cherries to your diet.

In a recent study conducted by the University of Michigan, cherry-enriched diets in animals provided drastic results in reducing both the total cholesterol and fatty acids levels present in the blood, subsequently reducing the risk for heart disease as well.

Cherries are versatile and can be consumed during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Although there is a season for cherries, dried cherries, frozen cherries and even cherry drinks will give you long-lasting heart-health benefits. Having problems sleeping at night? Cherries contain melatonin which is a very powerful antioxidant that can help to improve natural sleep patterns.

If you are worried about your total blood cholesterol level and the effect that it can have on your heart health, contact a local cardiologist or speak to one of our physicians.

Image source: www.livestrong.com

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