10 Foods To Include in a Heart Healthy Diet Plan

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Heart Health, Food and Nutrition
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

For years, I’ve believed that Mediterranean and Asian diets are the healthiest heart healthy diet plans on the planet. Here are 10 foods that should be included in your heart healthy diet plan.

10 Foods To Include in a Heart Healthy Diet Plan

Heart Healthy Food To Buy

  1. Avocado—Contains lots of vitamin E, glutathione and healthy monounsaturated fat.

  2. Pomegranates/pomegranate juice—Has powerful antioxidants shown to assist in plaque regression.

  3. Blueberries—Contain flavonoids that improve the macula and retina of the eye, and also help brain function.

  4. Asparagus—Loaded with folic acid, vitamin C and glutathione.

  5. Broccoli—Full of sulfur compounds that assist in detoxifying the body, including anticancer compounds like sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol.

  6. Onions—Contain many compounds, such as flavonoids and quercetin, that enhance the immune system and improve prostate health.

  7. Spinach—Rich in calcium, as well as lutein, which helps prevent macular degeneration and is instrumental in both lung and heart health. Popeye was right on!

  8. Free-range buffalo—An outstanding source of protein with minimal saturated fat. Grass-fed buffalo also contains omega-3 fatty acids.

  9. Wild Alaskan salmon—Rich in omega-3s and the vital carotenoid astaxanthin that helps prevent damaging oxidation in the body. It is 17 times more powerful than pycnogenol and 50 times more powerful than vitamin E.

  10. Almonds—Contain monounsaturated fat plus precious gamma tocopherol, a vital nutrient that neutralizes peroxynitrite, a dangerous free radical that destroys cellular endothelial membranes.

Now it’s your turn: What’s your favorite heart-healthy food?

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