Heart health, what you eat does keep you healthier

Heart health, what you eat does keep you healthier

 

Heart healthy items to eat

Heart Health is my topic today. On the face book page the Ultimate blog challenge we were asked write about something that comes in a group of 4’s. Since my website is all about eating and feeding the body to stay healthy I decided to write about the heart.  The heart is an organ which has four chambers to keep the body functioning optimally.  Heart disease has become one of the leading causes of death especially here in the U.S.  What we eat can affect your heart health.

Research proclaims that eating leafy greens can be one type of food that keeps your heart strong. Green produce is found to be rich in vitamin k. It is a vitamin that inhibits hardening of your arteries. The leafy greens can be spinach, kale and many other green veggies. Eating leafy greens or cruciferous vegetables may reduce cardiovascular disease. Vegetables and fruits are both known to help reduce your risk for hypertension, coronary heart disease, and strokes.

For instance one veggie can be the avocado. Even though it is really considered a fruit because it contains a pit inside. Avocados are green, which means they contain antioxidants. Antioxidants help support your heart health and also the immune system which will help you in preventing cardiovascular disease. In addition to that, it also contains vitamin C, a source of fiber plus omega-3 which are fatty acids. The fatty acids are known to improve good cholesterol which helps in maintaining vascular health.

I mentioned previously cruciferous veggies. One being broccoli and then there is also Brussels sprouts,  Cruciferous veggies contain sulforphane.  This helps to activate a protein that helps curb  inflammation and build-up in your arteries.

Add some green vegetables to your diet by:

*Incorporating them into salads.

*Enjoy them as a quick snack.

*Steam or Sautee vegetables as a side dish.

*Blend them into your favorite smoothies for flavor and thickness.

 

 

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