Green Living: 5 Heart Healthy Foods

Categories: For Your Health

Helping Your Heart
This Valentine’s Day should have been good for your heart. Not in a “love” way – though hopefully it was – but instead in terms of heart health. If you had some dark chocolate and some red wine, you experienced the benefit of two heart healthy foods. Of course, you can’t rely on wine and chocolate everyday, so here are five other foods that can help your heart throughout the year.

Brown Rice
Did you know that white rice is just processed brown rice? During the milling process, brown rice has it’s husk removed – a husk that contains most of the rice’s nutrients. So if you want more B3, B1, B6, fatty acids, dietary fiber and nutrients that combat high blood pressure and atherosclerosis, switch to brown rice in your recipes. For more information on the benefits of brown rice, click here. For some great recipes, click here.

Green Tea
Everyone’s probably heard this, but it’s worth repeating – green tea is great for you. It may lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels for one thing, and it may help fight some types of cancers and even cavities and plaque. Click here to learn more.

Flaxseeds
The little flaxseed can provide some great health benefits, including “anti-inflammatory action,” “normalizing [of] the heartbeat” and “significant blood pressure-lowering effects.” Read more about the advantages of flaxseeds here and get some tips on how to incorporate them into your diet.

Blueberries
Of all the food on this list, blueberries have the biggest advantage – they’re the tastiest. They’re also great for your overall health, helping keep your heart, brain and body in great shape. You can read more about their benefits here.

Spinach
Swap out the iceberg and bring in the spinach. This leafy green is great for salads and great for you. The leaves are rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, folate, potassium and magnesium, all of which can contribute to a healthier heart and a healthier life. Click here to read more about the advantages of spinach.

If you’d like to see more examples of heart-healthy snacks, check out the article 25 Top Heart-Healthy Foods.