With one health article proclaiming a product to be healthy, and the next calling it a killer, knowing what is good and bad for you is more difficult than ever. The heart is perhaps the part of our body that we can have the most direct influence over with regards to health. We put together a list of ten superfoods that you can eat with the confidence you are doing the most important muscle in your body a lot of good.
The old cliché is that good things come in small packages, and in the case of blueberries it has never been more true. Already known for their antioxidant qualities, blueberries are jam-packed full of other nutrients which will keep your heart strong at all times.
2. Porridge Oats
You always remember the TV advert for the horrible looking stuff you never wanted to eat, but porridge is a huge cholesterol fighter and will keep your blood vessels healthy and clear. Eat with blueberries for a double boost.
As long as you avoid the canned variety favoured by a famous sailor, spinach will do your heart the world of good. Eat as a snack or add to a morning bagel for a healthy, nutritious daily boost.
4. Dark Chocolate
Do not get too excited, as although dark chocolate is great for the heart, it is when enjoyed in moderation. So snap a square or two off, and put the bar back out of sight. For added indulgence, enjoy with a small glass of red wine.
5. Olive Oil
This is a polarising product, often criticised for being fatty and unhealthy. Used in moderation when cooking, it will provide invaluable protection for your heart. If your food is swimming in the stuff, then not so much.
6. Green Tea
Anyone who knows anything about health will tell you to drink as much green tea as you possibly can. Drink when as hot as possible to feel the full benefit of the anti-oxidants and cleansers within this superfood drink.
Two helpings of fish a week is the minimum recommended for you to get your “good fats,” however when it comes to heart protection, salmon is by far the best.
Another product that has split opinion, however swapping your milk and other dairy products for soy will lower cholesterol and help out your heart.
Put away the dry salted, and make a handful of almonds, macadamias, or pistachios a regular daytime snack, for an energy boost as well as protective nutrients for your circulatory system.
10. Beans and Pulses
Whether it is lentils, pinto beans, kidney beans, or another variety, these are another massive cholesterol fighter. The more colourful the bean, the more packed they are with anti-oxidants.