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There is only one secret to a healthy heart and that is eating right. A well balanced diet teamed with physical fitness can help one tackle numerous diseases. Here's a list of heart friendly foods that you should include in your daily diet.
Load up on Fruits - Pomegranate, banana, apple, berries, citrus fruits and tomatoes are said to be good for heart health. They are loaded with anti-oxidants, tannins, flavonoids, polyphenols, and vitamins that work for its well-being.
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Yoghurt - yoghurt enriched with probiotics are extremely good for health. Probiotics promote the growth of 'good' bacteria in the body which improve digestion and boost immunity, and lead to a healthy heart
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Fish - Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which work wonders to promote a healthy heart. Fish is an important part of the Mediterranean diet which is deemed to be the best diet for a healthy body, and the American Heart Association also recommends eating fish at least twice a week.
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Nuts - Don't go by their size, because nuts are loaded with essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. So if you get the craving of munching something in between meals, stock up on pistachios, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc. Point to note: Just a handful of nuts are enough. Don't over indulge.
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Chocolate - research says that dark chocolate actually promotes heart health. Chocolates are rich in flavanols that help in maintaining healthy blood vessels and reducing risks of high blood pressure.
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Green Tea - Rich in anti-oxidants, sipping green tea helps in the well-being of your body in a number of ways. Anil Bansal, chief cardiologist in Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurgaon, says, 'The antioxidants in green tea help in burning fat. The fat accumulation leads to blockage of heart. If we drink green tea at least once a day we can reduce the risk of heart ailments.'
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Wine - Red wine contains the least calories in comparison to the white variant, and has a good amount of antioxidants. It's heart healthy and counteracts the effect of free radicals in our system. Red wine also raises high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which is the ‘good' cholesterol. However, the ideal amount you should drink is 150 ml, containing 127 calories.
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Soy - all the variants - beans, tofu, milk, etc. are known to promote heart health because they lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the body. They also contain high levels of polyunsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals.