In honor of February's Heart Month, I found a good article on foods which help to keep your heart healthy. Heart disease is one of the biggest killers for women, but with a healthy regumine of exercise, eating healthy, lowering stress and getting the right amount of sleep, we can reduce our chances for this killer dramatically!!
Top 10 Heart Healthy Foodshttp://abcnews.go.com/Health/w_DietAndFitnessResource/top-heart-healthy-foods/story?id=15506064#.TzFirIFByAg
But new research shows something even more startling: Citrus pectin helps neutralize a protein called galectin-3 that causes scarring of heart tissue, leading to congestive heart failure--a condition that is often difficult to treat with drugs. "Twenty percent of Americans over 50 have high galectin-3," says Dr. Pieter Muntendam, CEO of BG Medicine in Waltham, MA. "A 2009 study showed that a diet high in fruits and vegetables decreased the risk of heart failure by 37 percent."
Pectin is contained in the pulp and pith. You'll get more of it in juice with pulp. Or better yet, eat your oranges.
For a snack, try Brad's Raw Leafy Kale--actual kale that is dehydrated, then coated with ground cashews, sunflower seeds, lemon juice, and garlic.
The trials used 250 mg tablets of Kyolic aged garlic extract to standardize the dose. "But it's always better to eat the real food," says Gayl Canfield, director of nutrition at Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami.
|4. Red wine|
Dark beer such as Guinness stout delivers many of the same beneficial polyphenols.
|5. Dark chocolate|
Dove Dark has been shown to have high levels of flavanols.
Wild Planet sells wild sardines in extra virgin olive oil with lemon.
TruRoots's new Sprouted Lentil Trio cooks in just 5 to 7 minutes.
Don't limit yourself to almonds. Walnuts, pistachios, and peanuts are also great.
For those who love pomegranates but not the messy job of cracking them open, Pom Wonderful now does the work for you. Look for the fruit-covered seeds (or "arils") in clear plastic cups under the brand name Pom Poms.
No Half-Hearted Measures
Unfortunately, you won't disease-proof your heart by simply adding chocolate, wine, and nuts to a diet full of doughnuts and bacon. Groundbreaking new studies explain why.
Bad move. Research now shows that the sugar and refined flour in our bagels, pizzas, cookies, and sodas are even more problematic. Stripped of fiber (and other nutrients), these unhealthy carbs zip-line through the digestive tract and into the bloodstream, where they deliver a triple dose of heart damage--raising harmful triglycerides, lowering protective HDL, and raising blood pressure.
But saturated fat isn't off the hook. Some studies have appeared to exonerate it--but only because people in these studies replaced the bad fat in their diets with harmful carbs. "When you eat good fats instead of bad ones, cardiac risk goes down," says Harvard's Dr. Walter Willett. So treat cheese as dessert, not the main course, and favor lean meat such as grass-fed bison.