The 9 Best Foods for a Healthy Heart

The 9 Best Foods for a Healthy Heart

It seems like a new “superfood” is declared every day. But there are foods with their certain specialties, when it comes to keeping you healthy, that can’t be beat! Here are the 9 best foods for your heart:foods for a healthy heart

Salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids and can effectively reduce blood pressure, as well as prevent clotting. The fishy flesh also contains astazanthin, a carotenoid which is a powerful antioxidant.

Olive oil is packed with monounsaturated fats that lower LDL cholesterol.

Nuts— specifically walnuts, almonds and macadamia nuts– are super for good heart health! Full of omega-3 fatty acids and mono- and polyunsaturated fat. They also contribute fiber to the diet.

Oatmeal is a fiber-rich food that can help lower levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and helps keep arteries clear. It’s also full of omega-3 fatty acids, folate and potassium.

foods for a healthy heartBerries like blueberries, strawberries, blackberries or raspberries are packed with anti-inflammatories which can reduce your risk of heart disease.

Spinach is a great iron source, but it is also packed with lutein, folate, potassium, and fiber. (All major players in heart health!)

Avocados have monounsaturated fat that lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol in your body. They also allow for the absorption of carotenoids, which are essential for good heartfoods for a healthy heart health.

Flaxseeds are full of fiber and omega-3, as well as omega-6 fatty acids. Flaxseeds (and flaxseed oil) contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which is good for your heart by keeping inflammation and cholesterol levels down.

Legumes like lentils, chickpeas and black beans contain a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids, soluble fiber as well as calcium.

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Comments (5)

  • Miller July 30, 2013 - 9:52 pm Reply

    Its a very nice topic and good information shared by you. Thanks a lot for sharing this with us.

  • Amanda October 3, 2013 - 6:59 pm Reply

    Heart health is such a broad topic and every day there’s a new “theory” about how to improve heart health. These foods make sense and have been a constant in that aspect. No fads here! Brought the list to my doctor and he agreed with every item! Guess I know what I’ll be eating more of…

    • Lianne November 25, 2013 - 3:40 pm Reply

      Great, Amanda! I’m glad they got the “official” approval! 😉

  • Cynthia November 23, 2013 - 4:12 pm Reply

    is there a difference between preventing heart disease and having heart disease, as my doctor got really angry with me when I told him I had stopped taking my statin medicine, he said “you already have heart disease and the statin is preventing you from having a stroke” He does not believe in vitamins. I continue reluctantly taking my statin, only taking it every two to three nights.

    • Lianne November 25, 2013 - 3:38 pm Reply

      Hi Cynthia! Heart health is a serious issue…and there is such a thing as improved heart health. If you haven’t already, please check out Sierra’s article about statin drugs ( She explains -really well- how they affect your body.

      On a personal note: We put our trust in our doctors who, presumably, know what they’re talking about. But you’re well within your right to ask questions and explore your options. My dad was on statins and they made him “feel funny” (really unwell). He told his cardiologist his concerns, they talked about it, and found some other options that absolutely work for him. (He’s not on any of those medications anymore!) I’m just saying- there are options available. Trust your doctor, but don’t be bullied into something you’re uncomfortable with.

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