5 Foods Your Heart Will Love

This Nutrition Bite spotlights 5 foods that are good for your heart and where a whole foods plant-based diet fits in when it comes to heart health.

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death globally. In spite of this shocking statistic, heart disease in its various forms such as high blood pressure, stroke, atherosclerosis, heart attack etc. are primarily lifestyle diseases.

That means that with the right choices followed consistently, heart disease can be prevented and even reversed!

We’re sure you’ve heard it before, but because it’s so important and so effective we’ll say it again: diet plays a major role in preventing and treating heart disease.

Everytime you decide to eat, you’re given the opportunity to heal or harm your heart. Of course a plant-based whole foods diet is the gold standard for medical and health experts alike when it comes to keeping your ticker strong [1], but did you know that there are certain foods that are especially beneficial for your heart health?

Read on to discover what foods are fantastic for your heart health.

5 Foods Your Heart Will Love

1. Garlic
Hooray for this pungent bulb! Not only does garlic elevate pretty much every savory dish, it also elevates heart health in so many ways. Eaten, raw, cooked, or in a supplement, garlic can help lower blood pressure and prevent blood clots.

Even just half a clove of garlic daily can lower your blood cholesterol levels [2].

As if you needed any more reason to incorporate this delicious ingredient in your cooking, know that even just 1 clove of garlic can do wonders for your hearts wellbeing.

2. Turmeric
What’s a heart-health list without mentioning the anti-inflammatory powerhouse that is turmeric. Its unique antioxidant, curcumin, is responsible for protecting you from heart disease and other heart issues such as atherosclerosis, heart failure, arrhythmias and high LDL levels.

Whether you like it in your curries or prefer it in supplement form, you can’t go wrong with incorporating more turmeric into your diet for endless heart health benefits.

3. Ginger
This spicy root is well known for its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. Its active compound, gingerol, helps to reduce cholesterol and prevent blood clots [3,4].

Blend into smoothies, take it as a juice shot, stew it in a soup, or grate it into dressings, give your food a spicy heart-loving twist with this beloved root.

4. Black Pepper
Everytime you season your food with this unassuming spice, you’re doing your heart a favor.

This mineral rich spice nourishes your heart with anti-inflammatory zinc, blood pressure-lowering potassium, and magnesium which promotes healthy blood flow and blood vessels.

Alongside these benefits, a study was able to find that taking black pepper supplements reduced LDL, bad cholesterol, in our blood while simultaneously increasing good cholesterol [5]!

Pepper plays well with many flavors and is so easy to incorporate. Season with it to your heart’s desire! AND, know that it helps your body absorb other compounds better…including each included in this article. 😀

5. Cinnamon
This lovely spice has potent medicinal properties. It’s often used to help increase sensitivity to insulin and has been shown to be helpful with managing high cholesterol due to obesity [6].

Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and can even give turmeric a run for its money with its anti-inflammatory benefits.

Sprinkle this generously on sweet and savory dishes alike to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

To tie things together when it comes to food for your heart health, the common thing these foods share is they’re all vegan!

It comes to no shock to most of our readers that experts agree that the best foods for your heart are plant-based. [7]

There are so many nutritional allies for your heart that help keep it strong. Whether you incorporate one, some, or all of these heart-loving foods, know that your heart will thank you and lean more towards strength and longevity everytime you consume these foods.

And these are only FIVE heart-supporting superfoods featured in a new digital guide from our buddy Ocean Robbins at Food Revolution Network!


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