Your heart just may be the most important organ you have. Sure, they’re all vital, and they all work together. But if we were forced to pick one as the most important, it’s got to be the heart.
One of the reasons we’re giving it number one status is because heart disease is still the number one cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women. It’s also number one because what’s good for your heart, is usually good for the rest of your body.
In other words, take care of your heart, and the rest of your body will likely fall in line.
Let’s quickly look at two important contributing factors for heart disease: free radicals and inflammation.
Chronic inflammation provides a foundation for many diseases. It also causes a buildup of fatty, cholesterol-rich plaque, also known as atherosclerosis, or clogged arteries.
Free radicals contribute to arterial plaque as well. But they’re also a normal part of life. And as long as you have more antioxidants – which combat free radicals – than free radicals, you’ll be more likely to keep your heart healthy.
For most of you, eating healthy isn’t much of a riddle. Processed foods bad. Organic, whole foods good. However, when it comes to heart health, there are a few all-stars you should consider putting on your next grocery list.
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The Big Heart Healthy Foods Conclusion
Is this the definitive list on all foods related to heart health. Probably not. Is it still the best one you’ve seen in years? Of course.
We’d like to leave you with a novel idea that’s somehow not as prominent as it should be: Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.
It really can be that simple.
Now, if we could just make self-control that simple. Because …
Sometimes being healthy is simply the difference between driving past a McDonald’s, and driving thru a McDonald’s.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nick Mistretta is a freelance copywriter, content marketer, and author of the ebook, 25 Superfoods For Super Health. He helps small businesses turn strangers into friends, friends into customers, and customers into loyal customers.