Are these the top 5 foods or drinks for your heart?

Are these the top 5 foods or drinks for your heart?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Eating a healthy diet is one step you can take to help mitigate your risk.

Dr. Mark Gajjar, a coronary interventionist and cardiac disease specialist at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., suggests incorporating the below five foods or drinks into your diet.

  1. Oatmeal: You probably have already heard that oatmeal helps lower cholesterol, but did you know it also contains Vitamin E? Vitamin E helps protect the heart.
  2. Dark chocolate: The more cocoa, the better – cocoa helps lower blood pressure and increase blood flow.
  3. Red wine: Red wine contains resveratrol, which can help reduce cholesterol, increase arterial health and even prevent cancer.
  4. Almonds: Full of healthy fats and fiber, almonds are known to help lower LDL, commonly known as “bad” cholesterol.
  5. Blueberries: These berries are packed with antioxidants that help prevent coronary disease.

“Remember, while these foods are good for your heart, consumption in moderation is still key,” says Dr. Gajjar.

Take our Heart Health Assessment to estimate your risk, determine your controllable and uncontrollable risk factors and receive guidance on what to do next.

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  1. It’s easy to say eat blueberries and almonds, I love them. But, I can’t eat them. I have diverticulitis and if I eat berries and nuts I will suffer greatly. The very foods that I should be eating I can’t. I can handle blueberry juice, good luck finding that with little sugar.

  2. “Top 5 foods for your heart”. I think it all depends on the meaning of Top 5. Top 5 foods for MY heart would be: Burgers / pizza / something fried / something sweet / something unhealthy

    If we’re discussing Top 5 HEALTHY foods for your heart, than the story is completely different 😉

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