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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Top Foods to Add to your Diet and Heart Health in 2012

Apples:  No #1 on top of my list this year. Two apples a day or 12 ounce glass of pure juice can lower your LDL cholesterol and can lower your chances of heart disease by 50%!  This is a must add to my diet in 2012 for sure.

Garlic: Garlic can lower your LDL in your cholesterol and thins your blood naturally which can lower your chance of heart disease.

Kale : This  leafy green will give you  Vitamin A and is a cancer fighting antioxidant. This great source of heart hhealthy fiber is also good for your skin, eyes and promotes a healthy immune system. Just 1 cup of Kale has almost as much vitamin C as a whole orange!

Sardines:    Rich in omega 3 fats and packed with Vitamin D. Because these fish are so small they have allot less contaminants than the larger fish.  Just 3 ounces will give you 1950 milligrams of omega 3! Salmon is a second runner up with 950 milligrams of omega 3 in Alaska Wild caught Salmon as it is closely monitored for contaminants and has stricter regulations.

Pomegranate:  Helps protect and mop up harmful free radicals and can protect you from chronic illnesses like heart disease. Just one cup has 4 grams of fiber in a glass.

Oatmeal:  One of my favorite to lower cholesterol! 1 1/2 cups a day can actually lower the bad LDL in your cholesterol count by 5%!

Quinoa:  Great grain food for dieters as it makes you stay full longer, packed with fiber!

Kefir:  Look for this in the dairy section in your supermarkets. This is a pro biotic. Much needed to boost your immune system.  It's like drinking yogurt.

Lentils:  Full of fiber and protein, economical and a wonderful source of iron.  Guess what else?  They are good for your heart too! Beans in general like black eyed, pinto, pink beans, kidney all good for your heart!