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Healthy food to avoid cardiovascular diseases

26 February 2010 Email This Post Email This Post Print This Post Print This Post

HeartCardiovascular diseases occur as a result of risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, obesity or smoking.  Bellow you will find a range of foods and drinks which will help your heart function normally and help you avoid cardiovascular diseases.

Morning tea is very important for your heart’s health. Sage, rosemary and thyme have lots of antioxidant proprieties and protect you from the risk of developing diabetes, stroke or hypertension.

Cherries and blueberries are recommended for your heart because of their magnesium content and antioxidant proprieties which maintain normal cholesterol and blood sugar values.

A glass of red wine before bedtime improves blood circulation and does wonders for your heart. Try not to exceed one drink a day because too much alcohol hurts the heart.

Salmon and tuna are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which assure a normal heart rhythm and protect you against stroke. So does extra virgin olive oil which can successfully replace sunflower oil.

Hazelnuts, peanuts and walnuts are rich in fiber, contain large amounts of vitamin E and reduce the risk of stroke.  Tofu helps you to normalize the amount of triglycerides, avoid a load of artery-clogging saturated fat and may be considered the perfect food for your heart.

Oranges are the most recommended fruits for improving your cardiac activity. So do green vegetables, rich in potassium and magnesium, which help to normalize cholesterol.

Yogurt provides the calcium requirements for your heart through a careful control of blood pressure. Coffee, if consumed only in the morning and in small quantities, is a good energizer for your heart.  Also chili pepper helps your heart by preventing a spike in insulin levels after a meal.

To eliminate cardiovascular diseases risk factors you should limit salt consumption, coffee and if the case, quit smoking.

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