Sunday, 6 January 2013

Helping Your Heart

Your heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood throughout your whole body every day, but most people don’t appreciate that workload. You don’t have to consciously think about your heartbeat, so it’s easy to take your heart for granted. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a serious medical condition to become aware of your heart — by which time you may already have heart disease.

Heart disease is still the leading cause of death in both men and women, so reducing risks should be a priority for both genders. Superfoods can help by tackling cholesterol and triglycerides, believed to be major risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

The American Heart Association recommends that everyone 20 years of age and older have a fasting cholesterol profile test every five years. This test measures your total cholesterol and triglyceride levels to keep an eye on your risk for cardiovascular disease. If you have any underlying health conditions, such as hypothyroidism, diabetes, liver disease, or other cardiovascular risks, your doctor may want to run this profile more frequently. Once patients reach the age of 40, most doctors check their cholesterol yearly.

Superfoods work to keep your heart healthy and improve your ticker’s longevity without the potential side effects or additional expense of cholesterol lowering prescription medications. They can really make a difference in your heart’s health. Here’s how:

✓ Eating superfoods means you’re improving your overall diet and getting the vitamins and minerals you need every day — without extra calories. Too many extra calories cause elevations in triglycerides 
and an increased risk for heart disease.

Some superfoods, such as colorful fruits and vegetables , contain natural disease-fighting substances called flavonoids. These can reduce inflammation of your arteries, decrease your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, and stimulate antioxidant activity. Antioxidants repair damage done to the cells in your body by smoking, pollution, poisons, fried foods, and also as a byproduct of normal metabolism.

✓ Fish, nuts, and seeds all contain healthful polyunsaturated fatty acids that keep your cholesterol in check. Fish oil (omega-3 fatty acids) is particularly super because it also helps regulate your heartbeat and your blood pressure. 

✓ Fruits, vegetables, and oatmeal  all contain dietary fiber that lowers cholesterol and helps keep you feeling full, which can prevent overeating, a risk factor for heart disease.


  1. These grains are starches are no healthier than those with gluten, a common misconception.

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  2. You do not need special medical equipment to examine your own heart health.

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