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Apples are Good For Your Heart

New study shows consuming an apple or two a day significantly cuts risk of heart attack.

Guess, the popular adage have always been right after all. — “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

The study presented at Experimental Biology 2011, in Washington D.C., by researcher Bahram H. Arjmandi, PhD, RD, and Margaret A. Sitton Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences at The Florida State University, Tallahassee said that found that eating apples a day effectively lowers LDL. It also shows that the fruit can help fight arterial wall plaques and inflammation.

Looks like we have another superfruit that can be practically added to our daily diet. Other experts seem to agree with the study’s discovery.  According to Dianne A. Hyson, PhD, RD, nutritionist and researcher at the University of California, Davis, previous studies provide consistent evidence that the active ingredients in apples have health benefits.

People with high LDL of bad cholesterol level are at high risk of heart problems. Significantly, those who had previous heart attacks seriously need to change their eating habits, carefully limiting consumption trans fat and saturated fat, strictly sticking on the allowable amount of LDL intake, and cherry-picking foods that contain HDL or good cholesterol. Just what are we looking for in heart-healthy foods? Check below the nutrients needed for a healthy heart along with the substances that health experts in medical uniforms and lab coats say would jeopardize heart.

Nutrients for Healthy Heart

In this generation, wherein what’s in seems to be cool thing, many people left behind the organic foods that our great grandparents have always loved eating. But time and again, as scientists and medical experts wear their lab coats to research on the healthiest food to eat, they come to similar results – the organic foods are still the healthiest of all. What nutrients do you specifically need for a healthy heart?

Phytoestrogen, the type of phytochemical in plants, having weak estrogen-like effect in the body. Studies suggest phytoestrogens cut the risk of blood clots, stroke, and cardiac arrhythmias. Further, it may also help lower total cholesterol level, LDL or bad cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure.

Food Sources: Flax, sesame and sunflower seeds, soy and soy products, garlic read more…

Foods that Jeopardize Heart Health

Before you get amazed with the numerous foods that are actually healthy for the heart, the list of the NO foods will be kinda overwhelming. It’s overwhelming because the substances that can have great impact on health are found in almost every food in the grocery – the trans fats and saturated fats.

Consumption of trans fats must be limited or completely omitted because they significantly increase cholesterol level in the blood. Unfortunately, trans fats are present in many commercial baked goods that we love, including cakes, tacos, pizza, crackers, muffins, pies, cookies, chocolate drinks, French fries, potato nuggets, pop corn, you name it. And partially hydrogenated oil make your taste buds fonder for more, it’s so hard to say no. But the grim consequences read more…

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