The best food to keep your heart healthy

April 8, 2013

Having a healthy heart is key for living a long and happy life. Cardio exercise is a huge part of the process, and the TRUE HRC Cruise Controlâ„¢ available on TRUE Fitness treadmills makes it possible for you to maintain your target heart rate throughout your workout, keeping that all-important muscular organ healthy and strong. But there’s even more that you can do! Incorporate these superfoods into your diet for the healthiest heart possible:

1. Almonds
Almonds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which evidence suggests can boost your heart health. They also contain vitamins B2 and E (which destroys free radicals related to heart disease), magnesium and zinc.

2. Salmon
Incorporating salmon into your diet can reduce your blood pressure and boost your cardiovascular protection. Like almonds, salmon is also rich in omega-3s. For maximum health benefits, eat wild salmon – not farmed.

3. Oatmeal
Oatmeal has been proven to be extremely effective when it comes to lowering your cholesterol and keeping your arteries free of clogs. Just make sure you avoid any instant or flavored oatmeal – they contain a ton of processed sugar.

4. Asparagus
Asparagus is not only low in calories, but it also contains folate and vitamins C and D, which are heart-healthy and anti-inflammatory. It’s best to buy asparagus during the spring or summer when it’s more likely to be fresh and locally grown.

5. Blueberries
Dark berries like blueberries are full of antioxidants. They also contain anti-inflammatories, which can reduce your risk of coronary disease and cancer. Throw some on top of your oatmeal for an extra heart-healthy meal!

6. Green tea
Although it’s not exactly “food,” green tea can lower hypertension. Drink a cup or two to soak in its multiple antioxidants, which have cardiovascular benefits such as the ability to reduce blood clots.

7. Dark chocolate
Chocolate lovers around the world, rejoice! Dark chocolate that contains at least 70 percent cocoa has been linked to lower blood pressure. It can also help increase your blood flow and relax your arteries.

8. Soy
Soy is high in isoflavones, which help reduce cholesterol. It’s also low in saturated fat, making it the perfect addition to your heart-healthy diet.

9. Avocado
Avocados are packed with monounsaturated fats (what experts call “the good fats”), which help lower cholesterol and minimize blood clots. Add a bit to your daily lunchtime meal for a tasty way to help your heart.