London: Once we reach 40, the way our bodies cope with everything we eat begins to change, and the risk of heart diseases and diabetes increases, but some food items that everyone in their fourth decade must stock up on may help fight these concerns.Oats contain beta-glucans, a soluble fibre that can help lower the unwanted form of cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL). Avenanthramides, which are antioxidants unique to oats protect against atherosclerosis giving it an advantage over other grains.Cherries are useful in combating several conditions common in middle age, including gout and arthritis. They are a rich source of the antioxidant anthocyanin, the Daily Mail reported.According to Ian Marber, the benefits of almonds range from improved blood-sugar levels to reducing cholesterol.Omega 3 fats in oily fish can help lower heart rate and blood pressure, and reduce the risk of irregular heartbeat – arrhythmia.
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