Liji Varghese`1.73 million`, Yes, that`s the number of people dying every year due to cardiovascular diseases, one of the world’s largest killers. Sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity has increased the risk of heart diseases in multiples.What add to the risk factor are the unhealthy eating habits that have more or less become a part and parcel of the fast-paced lifestyle. As we try to cope with the express world, we tend to become more and more ignorant about what we eat and when we eat. To help you out get the required nutrients in the day long run, here are a few food items which you must have to keep your heart beating……OlivesA concentrated source of vitamin E and monounsaturated fatty acids, olives help reduce risk of heart disease by lowering blood press and LDL cholesterol. High phenols content in olive oil reduce inflammation, act as an antioxidant and have clot-preventing powers.Whole GrainsHigher consumption of whole grains like oatmeal, barley and brown rice help lower risk of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Fiber and other nutrients in whole grains help lower cholesterol, insulin and blood sugar levels. It also reduces inflammation and improves blood vessel functioning. OatsThe best way to start your day with, oats are nourishing whole grains which are rich in vitamins, minerals and cholesterol-lowering fiber and best for people dealing with heart disease or diabetes. Oats contain dietary fiber, manganese, selenium, and magnesium. Beta glucan, a soluble fiber in oats helps reduce LDL cholesterol which helps reduce risk of heart disease and stroke. Green Leafy VegetablesAdding plenty of green leafy vegetables to your diet can help you ward off heart disease, stroke and control blood pressure. Rich in vitamin and minerals vegetables also help reduce diabetes risk. Foliate in vegetables help keep homocysteine levels down.TomatoesBesides being rich in vitamin A and vitamin C, tomatoes are packed with lycopene, a carotenoid that acts as a potent antioxidant in the body. It offers a protective effect against cardiovascular diseases and several types of cancer.
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