Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

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Best Foods For The Heart

We all know that the heart serves as the main core of the body. It is because the heart pumps the blood to all vital organs. This simply tells us that the brain can’t function or the kidney can’t perform normally without blood and oxygen supply. The heart is considered as a highly-vascular organ and it is very critical if the heart starts to function abnormally.

Can you imagine if the heart stops pumping blood? This could definitely create series of critical condition to several vital organs in the body. Heart failure can also lead to death.

That is why everyone needs to protect our heart from various factors that can affect its condition. To do this, they need to reinforce the health promotion technique in order for them to efficiently shield the heart from possible anomalies.
Below are the best foods that are good for the heart. It does not require everyone to take medications. 
By simply eating these foods, it can provide 100% protection rates:

Green Veggies

This food group provides various essential phytochemicals, minerals, and vitamins. It helps nourishes the cardiac cells. Potassium is very critical element that promotes the ability of the heart to conduct electrical activity. This is where the cardiac rate begins. 

Ideally, it is recommended to eat basil, sesame leaves, collard greens, red leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, green leaf lettuce, Swiss chard, Brussels sprout, leeks, green onions, zucchini, turnips, kale spinach, and Bok Choy. 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids 

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, ingesting natural omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce the risk of the individual to develop heart disease for 85%. 

Our recommended foods with high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids are anchovies, raw walnuts, and organic eggs from birds, lake trout, fresh flax seeds, wild salmon and purslane. 

There are three types of fatty acids that helps prevent the occurrence of heart diseases. These are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). 

According to the studies made by the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), these 3 essential fatty acids can also help improve the arteries by reducing the number of accumulated plaque. It prevents the formation of blood clots in the artery that supplies the brain.

Additionally, the omega-3 essential fatty acids can also improve the cholesterol level. It lowers the LDL and triglycerides but it elevates the HDL. 

Vitamin C (Citric Acid) 

Vitamin C has flavonoids which are considered as one of the powerful antioxidants. This substance helps fight free radicals that can damage the heart. It also protects the blood vessel and heart by improving the blood circulation. Flavonoids promote dilation of the blood vessel and prevent the accumulation of fatty plaque. 

It is advisable to take foods with high level of Vitamin C and Flavonoids such as oranges, papaya, cantaloupe, tropical guava, cherries, lychee, green or yellow kiwi, grapefruit, persimmon, red currants and berries. 


Health promotion related to foods that are good for the heart is the best way to reduce the risk of getting heart problems. It saves everyone from the expenses of hospitalization, medications, and possible operation for serious cases of heart problem. 

By eating healthy foods that protects the heart will give you longer and healthier body-By Edterchelle Soriano