4 Surprising Heart-Healthy Foods

 

When it comes to reducing the risk for cardiovascular diseases, a heart-healthy diet typically includes olive oil, fish, whole grains, avocados and tomatoes to name a few.  Even Red wine and dark chocolates also have become popular heart-healthy treats.

But there are certain types of food that you might never expect to have cardiovascular benefits and here are some of them:

1. Kimchi

If you are not familiar with this Korean side dish, Kimchi is made from fermented vegetables, usually napa cabbages and Korean radishes that are seasoned chili powder, scallions, garlic, ginger and jeotga.

Korean studies show that Kimchi supplementation can lower total cholesterol, LDL and fasting blood glucose levels.  However, some kimchi preparations have high salt content, just make sure to buy or prepare one that’s low in sodium.

2. Concord Grape Juice

We all know that red wine takes the center stage when it comes to heart-healthy beverages but you did you know that Concord grape juice has high levels of antioxidants too?  Resveratrol and Flavanoids are the main antioxidants found in red wine that promote good circulation and heart health, and Concord grapes contain those too.

3. Papaya

Carotenoids such as Lycopene and Beta Carotene have been known to have amazing cardio-protective benefits and while tomatoes and carrots get most of the attention as the best sources, studies show that Papaya contains higher levels of bioavailable beta carotene and lycopene.

4. Soy

Soy products such as tofu and soy milk are popular staples in every health and fitness buff’s pantry because it’s a better way to get your protein intake without consuming unhealthy fats.  Aside from that, studies show that soy can help decrease cholesterol levels.

About Toni Marie

Toni is Senior Editor for GuestDietBlog, as well as a contributing author. In addition to writing about diet and health, she also likes to write about relationships. She is also a nurse, and the primary caregiver for her mother.

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