The 12 Healthiest Foods for a Strong Heart

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People with high blood pressure and narrowed arteries seldom have symptoms: they often go a long time thinking everything is okay with their heart until they suddenly experience a burning pain in their chest. When the doctor tells them they have a heart issue, they change their lifestyle. But sometimes it’s already too late. They should have done something sooner to improve the health of their heart.

If you make the switch early enough, you can also do something good for your overall health. So make sure to take care of your heart in time. Today we would like to show you which foods you should eat to keep your ❤️ beating strong for a long time to come.

12 Heart Healthy Foods (That You Probably Didn’t Know)

These foods will make your heart beat with joy:

  • herring
  • trout
  • salmon
  • anchovies
  • red grapes
  • apples
  • kale
  • broccoli
  • wheat germ oil
  • sunflower oil
  • carrots
  • sweet potatoes

These foods provide you with many nutrients: fatty fish (like herring and salmon) are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids benefit your cardiovascular system and help lower your risk of heart disease. In addition, eating these types of fish can have a positive impact on your cholesterol by increasing your good cholesterol (HDL).

Apples are good for your heart health

High-grade vegetable oils contain lots of vitamin E. Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables pretty much ensures that your body (and your heart) are getting all the vitamins they need. Plus, the flavonoids and beta carotene contained within strengthen your immune system.

Including the above-mentioned foods in your diet, getting plenty of regular exercise and eating between 25 and 30 g of fiber a day can do wonders for your heart. You can also strengthen your heart by limiting your consumption of alcohol, animal fats and salt and not smoking cigarettes.

Would you like to know how your heart reacts to stress or a strenuous workout? Then download the Runtastic Heart Rate app to your phone and give it a try!

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