Dark chocolate, red wine good for your heart
Do you worry about your health every time you reach out for that bar of dark chocolate?
Well, you could indulge once in a while as a new study has reportedly revealed that dark chocolate and red wine not only taste great, but also have heart-healthy components.
With a cocoa content of 70% or higher, dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, which help prevent the buildup of plaque in the arteries. It also boosts the immune system and contains cancer-fighting enzymes.
Meanwhile, red wine contains resveratrol, which has been found to lower blood sugar and LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol. It is also a source of catechins, which can help improve HDL or ‘good’ cholesterol and polyphenols, which may prevent the formation of toxic plaque that leads to Alzheimer’s disease.
Kidney beans: A good source of stress-busting vitamin B, iron, and calcium, kidney beans help maintain a good heart.
Blueberries: Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, blueberries contain lesser calories and sugar, so you can eat them to your heart’s content. They are also a good source of fiber, which can help relieve the cramps and constipation that can occur when you’re under stress.
Salmon: Containing omega-3 fatty acids, having grilled salmon is a good way to keep your heart healthy.
Papaya: Packed with beta-carotene, vitamin C, E, calcium and magnesium, papaya helps improve your blood circulation.
aFlaxseeds: Containing ‘good’ fats and soluble and insoluble fiber, eating ground flaxseeds can reduce the risk of heart disease.
Asparagus: Easy to cook and low in calories, asparagus has anti-inflammatory nutrients like folate and vitamins C and D and is known to maintain good heart health.
Walnuts: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, vitamin E, and folate, unsalted walnuts can go a long way in protecting your heart. Other nuts like almonds are also good for the heart.
Other heart-healthy foods
Oatmeal: This fiber-rich superfood also comprises omega-3 fatty acids, folate and potassium, which can help reduce your cholesterol levels and maintain healthy arteries.
Broccoli: This green veggie contains essential vitamins and folic acid and said to help relieve stress, anxiety, panic, and in extreme cases, even depression.