Keeping your heart healthy should be one of your top priorities. After all, it is what keeps you alive. Here are 9 things you should know about heart health.
1. Include More Omega 3 And 6 Fatty Acids
These compounds are good for you as they reduce your bad cholesterol levels and improve your overall health. High cholesterol can lead to heart attacks. (Read our article, The Secret About Fish Oils, to find out more about good fats.
2. Make Sure You Consume Enough Calcium Daily
Calcium helps prevent blood clotting. It also this vital organ contract normally every day. However, you should also remember that calcium and Vitamin D go hand in hand. We say this because your body cannot absorb calcium if you do not have sufficient amounts of Vitamin D in your system.
Medical experts recommend that you get most of your daily recommended amount of vitamin D from your food. Sources of this vitamin are, among others:
- Fatty fish, for example tuna, mackerel, and salmon,
- Foods strengthened with vitamin D, like some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals,
- Beef liver,
- Cheese, and
- Egg yolks
So before taking any calcium supplements, ensure you also consume enough vitamin D so your body can absorb the calcium.
3. Potassium Is Important For Your Heart
Potassium helps maintain a regular, healthy beat. Potassium is included in many different foods, like meat, poultry, potatoes, avocados and milk. If you eat enough of these food, you can help increase your body’s potassium levels.
4. Magnesium Helps To Lower Blood Pressure
Magnesium can be found in – for example – different green leafy vegetables, bananas and nuts. Ensure that you eat enough of these on a daily basis to boost your natural magnesium levels. (Want to learn more about how magnesium – and other minerals and vitamins – affect the body’s health? Trifocus Fitness Academy India’s Specialised Nutrition Course will teach you this and so much more! Follow this link for more information.)
5. Niacin Boosts Good Cholesterol
Niacin is a type of vitamin B that helps increase your good cholesterol – also called high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels. [It’s said that a good level of HDL to have is ideal HDL level is 60 milligrams/deciliter (mg/dL). If you good cholesterol is higher than your bad, this will reduce your risk of having a heart attack.]
Kimberly Holland, in an article entitled 11 Foods To Increase Your HDL, chats about food that will increased your HDL levels. These are:
- Olive oil,
- Beans and legumes,
- High-fibre fruit,
- Fatty fish,
- Soy, and
- Red wine.
6. Folic Acid Is Another Vitamin B That Is Very Important For Heart Health
Folic acid helps regulate homocysteine. This can damage the blood vessels and lead to blood clots. Folic acid is found in fruits and vegetables like spinach, broccoli, strawberries and oranges.
7. The Power Of Vitamin E
The antioxidant vitamin E is important for your heart as it reduces the risk of heart disease, heart attacks and stroke. Vitamin E can be found in nuts, seeds and oils.
8. Selenium’s Value For the Heart
Selenium is a mineral that protects the heart from coronary heart disease. It does this by fighting inflammation, increasing blood flow and reducing free radical oxidative stress.
9. Vitamin C Is Not Just For Curing Colds
Vitamin C may help lower your blood pressure and keep your arteries healthy.
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