If only preventing a serious condition like heart disease—which currently effects upwards of 84 million Americans—was as simple as eating healthier foods. Oh wait, it is that simple. Well, sort of.
Contrary to popular belief, being proactive about heart health doesn’t require taking drastic measures or completely changing your lifestyle. In fact, it all comes down to simple, everyday factors, like getting routine exercise, not smoking, relieving stress, having routine screenings, and eating a balanced heart-healthy diet.
But when it comes to eating heart healthy, most of us have more questions than answers. Does it mean you should avoid salt? Or limit your red meat consumption? Has the consensus on butter changed? Rather than list all of the different heart-healthy diets out there, we’re keeping things short and sweet.
Here Are The Top Nutrients That Support Heart Health:
- Fiber (improves blood lipid profiles, reduces inflammation and lowers blood pressure)
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids (decreases inflammation, lowers LDL cholesterol and reduces blood clot and irregular heartbeat risk)
- Folic Acid (effectively lowers the levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that can cause thickening of artery walls)
- Flavonoids/Phytonutrients (anti-inflammatory properties help to protect and prevent cellular damage)
- Magnesium (helps to maintain a regular heartbeat and sustains balanced blood pressure levels)
4 Easy & Delicious Heart-Healthy Recipes
Crunchy Chicken Salad
This recipe is the perfect pairing for any whole-wheat bread, whole-grain wrap, or lettuce leaves. Not only is it delicious, you’ll enjoy a healthy dose of fiber, flavonoids and magnesium. Plus, you can add some sliced walnuts for a boost of omega-3 fatty acids.
New World Salmon Florentine
It’s hard to go wrong with salmon and pasta, but that’s just the start of the ingredients list for this tasty dish. With spinach leaves, celery, sun-dried tomatoes and fennel seeds, too, you’ll get omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid, fiber and magnesium.
Stuffed Bell Peppers
You know you can’t resist the classic rice and beans power combo, and when it’s stuffed inside a bell pepper, prepare for tastiness. Plus, with garlic, onion, red chilies and tomatoes, you’re getting ample fiber, folic acid and magnesium.
This recipe is sure to have you feeling like you’re at a heart-healthy fiesta. With chopped veggies, low-sodium beans and chili peppers, you’ll get fiber, folic acid, flavonoids and magnesium.
We take your health to heart. Heart health is a marathon, not a sprint. And to ensure that your heart has the support and tools to go the distance, Gwinnett Consultants in Cardiology, a part of Gwinnett Medical Group is prepared to help. With the latest in prevention and treatment options, a dedicated team of specialists and extensive resources, we’ll be there for every step of your heart health journey.