Heart Healthy Foods

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Flax (Oil, Seed & Flour)
Fish
Nuts
Blueberries
Carrots
Oranges (Fruit & Juice)
Apples
Nuts
Olives (Both the Olive & The Oil)
Barley
Oats
Niacin (Not a food but a good Cholesterol Lowering Vitamin)
Grapes (Dark Red or Concord)(Fruit or Juice)

These are just a few of heart beneficial foods. Eating a diet rich in these foods can help lower cholesterol and enhance blood flow. Combine a good diet along with exercising 3 times a week for 30 minutes a day and you could reverse some of the effects of heart disease and lower your blood pressure along with cholesterol.

Red Wine or Grape Juice

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A new study has shown that red or concord grapes and grape juice is just as beneficial to your heart as red wine.  Grape juice helps your heart by relaxing your blood vessels, allowing your blood to more easily flow. This benefit is most likely due to substances called antioxidants found in the skin and seeds of grapes  especially dark red and purple grapes. you can read more about this topic at The Mayo Clinic just click the link below.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-and-nutrition/an00576

The Benefits of Flaxseed

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Borrowed From Webmd So to Spread The News

Read The Full Article at: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-flaxseed

The Benefits of Flaxseed

Is flaxseed the new wonder food? Preliminary studies show that flaxseed may help fight everything from heart disease and diabetes to breast cancer.
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Some call it one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. There’s some evidence it can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. That’s quite a tall order for a tiny seed that’s been around for centuries: flaxseed.

Flaxseed was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC, according to the Flax Council of Canada. By the 8th century, King Charlemagne believed so strongly in the health benefits of flaxseed that he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it. Fast-forward 13 centuries, and some experts would say we have preliminary research to back up what Charlemagne suspected all those years ago.

These days, flaxseed is found in all kinds of foods, from crackers to frozen waffles to oatmeal. In the first 11 months of 2006, 75 new products were launched that listed flax or flaxseed as an ingredient. Not only has consumer demand for flaxseed gone up, agricultural use has also increased — to feed all those chickens laying eggs that are higher in omega-3 fatty acids.

Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its healthy reputation primarily to three ingredients:

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75- 800 times more lignans than other plant foods
  • Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

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