9 Best Heart Health Foods

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S. We can begin to protect ourselves against this killer by eating foods high in fiber, antioxidants and other important nutrients.

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    Fatty Fish - Salmon, Tuna, Trout, Mackerel, Herring

    Fatty fish contain a beneficial fat: Omega-3 fatty acids, which helps lower triglycerides and decrease plaque in our arteries.

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    Nuts - especially Walnuts & Almonds

    Nuts are loaded with fiber, and vitamin E, along with Omega-3s. These nutrients help lower bad cholesterol and improve artery health.

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    Berries -Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, and more

    Berries are low in fat, high in fiber; rich in antioxidants and polyphenols - these are beneficial not only for our heart, but for our overall health as well.

  4. 4

    Flaxseed

    These tiny seeds are a great source of healthy fats and fiber, both of which ward off heart disease, along with type 2 diabetes.

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    Black and Kidney Beans

    The darker the bean, the higher the level of antioxidants. Beans have high levels of protein and fiber; along with anthocyanins (a powerful micronutrient).

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    Yellow/Orange veggies

    Carrots, sweet potatoes, red/orange/yellow peppers are packed with vitamin C, beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamin A and more. They help decrease our risk and heart disease, along with cancer.

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    Spinach

    Spinach and other dark greens are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber; all of which pack a mighty punch against heart disease.

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    Chickpeas

    Chickpeas help lower heart attack risk. They contain high levels of folate which lowers homocysteine levels (high levels may lead to heart disease) and strengthens our blood vessels.

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    Red and black grapes

    Antioxidants in grapes can fight high blood pressure and aid heart function. They also contain resveratrol, which helps lower cholesterol.

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