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Top 10 Heart Healthy Vegetables

July 20, 2016


There is a reason why mom wanted you to eat your vegetables. It's a well-known fact that a diet rich in vegetables can benefit your health in many ways, including improving your heart health. If you want to live a healthy life, it is a good idea to take your mom’s advice to heart.

Vegetables contain high levels of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that can strengthen and protect your heart. By including more heart-healthy vegetables in your diet, you will significantly reduce the risk of heart-related illnesses. Here are 10 heart healthy vegetables to add to your diet:

  1. Asparagus

    One of the most important heart healthy ingredients that are found in asparagus is vitamin B6. This vitamin can lower homocysteine, a form of amino acid that has been linked to heart disease.

  2. Bell Peppers

    Bell peppers contain folate, another nutrient that can reduce homocysteine.

  3. Carrots

    Carrots are rich in carotenoids, which are powerful antioxidants that can combat free radicals that cause heart disease.

  4. Tomatoes

    A carotenoid called lycopene in tomatoes has been proven to be effective in preventing heart disease.

  5. Broccoli

    Broccoli has a high content of vitamin C, and it can make you less susceptible to both non-fatal and fatal heart diseases.

  6. Leafy Greens

    Leafy greens are an excellent source of magnesium. According to a Harvard study, magnesium can lower risk of sudden health failure in women.

  7. Garlic

    Garlic contains phytochemicals that boost immunity and protect the heart against diseases.

  8. Onions

    Onions are a rich source of sulphur-containing phytochemicals. These phytochemicals can reduce cholesterol levels, and therefore, prevent heart disease.

  9. Potatoes

    Potatoes are a high-potassium food, and they can help your body maintain healthy blood pressure. High blood pressure can increase the risk of congestive heart failure and stroke.

  10. Squash

    Squash has many nutrients that are beneficial to your heart health, including vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and folate.

Ideas for a week's worth of healthy meals.