Food makes a difference in our health. Certain foods are considered “healthy” foods. And some of these are favorable for heart healrh.
One of these foods is tuna. One to two servings a week of tuna or other fish rich in omega-3’s, is included in a heart healthy diet. It could reduce the risk of heart attack by one third.
Omega-3’s lower cholesterol but they also are thought to reduce inflammation in the body, decrease triglycerides, lower B/P, and improve arthritic symptoms, says a recent article by Jessie Shafer in “Diabetes Health.”
Oranges are thought to be heart healthy as well. They contain pectin, a fiber that helps remove cholesterol from the blood and neutralizes hardmful substances that can scar heart tissue, says Shafer Pectin is contained in the pulp of oranges.
Walnuts too, are heart healthy and found to contain more antioxidants than most nuts. They lower cholesterol and protect heart cells from damage by free radicals.
Kale is another heart healthy food. It contains antioxidants, fiber, potassium, omega-3’s as well as lutein, a protective substance preventing plague buildup in arteries and which also lowers B/P and prevents heart attacks.
The article in Diabetic Living goes on to say that edaine, or young soybeans, is also heart healthy. It helps lower LDL and raise HDL.
There are recipes for each of these foods in Diabetic Living, Spring 2013 edition.