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March 18, 2013 • Heart Health

4 Superfoods for Heart Health


  1. Roasted soy nuts – This crunchy, nutty, great-tasting whole soy food is loaded with heart-healthy goodness including B vitamins, vitamin E, omega 3 fats, and soluble fiber.  Whole soy foods have been shown to lower both blood pressure and cholesterol, providing a double-bonus for heart-health.
  2. Walnuts – Nuts in general score a perfect 10 when it comes to heart-healthy performance, but walnuts are the true gold medal winner.  Walnuts are rich in fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, vitamin E, plant antioxidants, and provide more omega 3 fats than any other nut.  Strive to include a small handful daily.
  3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil – This highly flavored, for real, make-me-healthier fat provides four separate benefits for your arteries – making it hands down the very best oil for your heart.  It’s unique combination of monounsaturated fats and antioxidant polyphenols has been shown to lower bad (LDL) cholesterol, boost good (HDL) cholesterol, decrease inflammation, and lower blood pressure.
  4. Steel Cut Oats – Known as the “gourmet oatmeal” – this delicious, physically intact whole grain is overflowing with goodness including a uniquely powerful form of cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber called beta-glucan, along with the  heart-healthy minerals manganese, selenium, and magnesium. Filling, yet low in calories, a bowl of steel-cut oats for breakfast topped with some fresh cut up fruit or berries will keep your waist trim and your heart happily pumping.




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