10 Superfoods for Heart

The followings are superfoods to make our heart stay healthy.

1. Apples

Women in menopause who eat apples with the skin will reduce the risk of suffering a heart disease. Pectin in apple, especially contained in the skin, is able to bind cholesterol so the LDL is down.

2. Vegetables

Vegetables, a great source of fiber, contribute to cholesterol reduction. In addition, vitamins and minerals, as well as the phytochemicals, give a positive effect on heart health.

3. Garlic

Garlic contains allicin and other phytochemicals beneficial for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, the risk factors for a person having a heart attack. Garlic also contains ajoene, a powerful substance to prevent blood clotting.

Eating half to one clove of garlic in one month will lower cholesterol by nine percent. Therefore, the habit of cooking with garlic is able to reduce the blockage in the artery and the adverse effects caused by the fat contained in meat.

4. Mushrooms

Various types of mushrooms are very good for the heart, especially shiitake. Shiitake mushrooms function to lower cholesterol generally higher in the heart patients. Jew's-ears contain compounds that can thin the blood to prevent coronary heart disease.

5. Soybeans

Very high protein makes soybeans as an alternative choice for meat. Soybeans also contain no cholesterol but phytosterol, fatty type only contained in plants, good when consumed by heart patients. Isoflavone in the soy is antioxidant.

Soybeans can be made into a wide variety of foods, such as tofu, tempeh, milk, and sauce.

6. Fish

Omega-3 in fish is nutritious to reduce the risk of hardening of the heart blood vessels, so smoothing blood flow. Another important substance also good for heart health is co-enzyme Q10. This substance serves to maintain the strength of the heart muscle by making the blood vessels more elastic, thus lowering pressure and reducing the risk of stroke and disease.

Unfortunately, this substance is lost by cooking.

7. Grain

Oatmeal, flaxseed, also bran, are sources of soluble fiber able to coat the intestinal wall, thus preventing the absorption of cholesterol. When eaten regularly, they can lower cholesterol.

8. Green tea

Green tea is an antioxidant since it contains polyphenols that can fight free radicals. This polyphenol makes the blood vessel muscles work more relaxing so it'll lower pressure and make a heart attack away.

9. Seaweed

In addition as an anticancer, seaweed is also very good for coronary heart disease because it can lower blood pressure by absorbing excess salt in the body. The use of seaweed can we meet in a variety of Japanese dishes, including sushi. It also become mixed drinks.

10. Red wine

Alcohol with a red wine ingredient, in a certain amount, is good for the health because it's low in carbohydrates and fat-free. When excessive, it has negative impact on health. The recommended amount to maintain a healthy heart is three cups a week.

The alcohol can reduce three times lower the risk of having a heart attack.

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