9 Superfoods That Fight Heart Attacks

When you hear the word 'Superfoods' what do you think? 

According to the OxfordDictionaries the word is defined as being 'a nutrient-rich food considered to be benificial for health and well-being'. 

But the question is, which superfoods benifit the body in different ways?

We want to focus on the superfoods that help fight heart attacks! With heart attacks being the number one killer of men and women in the UK you would think that someone would have designed a cure right? Well in actual fact the cure is very simple. In this blog we will examine the top 9 superfoods that directly fight heart attacks. 

Research published in Circulation state that people who eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fish lower their risk of dying from a heart attach or stroke by 35%! 31,546 people who had a history with heart disease, stroke or type 2 diabeties were tracked by researchers over a period of 5 years and the results were rather staggering. Research showed that those who ate the healthy diet had the lowest chances of having a repeat stroke or heart attack. Statistically 28% of the healthy eaters were less likely to develop congestive heart failure. 

Below we list the top 9 superfoods for tackling heart attacks. 

1. Oranges 

Benifits - Reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and heart failure 

Why? - The Soluble Fiber Pectin in oranges sop up cholesterol and block absorption. The potassium helps balance salt levels and control blood pressure. Further research has shown that the Citrus Pectin neutralises the protein that scars the heart tissue!

2. Kale

Benifits - Prevent atherosclerosis

Why? - Kale contains a huge amount of heart healthy antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, folate, potassium and vitamin E.

3. Garlic

Benifits - Reduces blood pressure and plaque

Why? - Massively slows the build up of plaque in the body!

4. Red Wine

Benifits - Boosts HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and reduces unwanted clotting

Why? - Red Wine helps to boost HLD which is branded as the ''good'' cholesterol in the body! The HDL works to help prevent plaque build up. Further research into Red Wine has shown that it helps to keep your blood vessels flexible and reduces the risk of unwanted clotting.

5. Dark Chocolate

Benifits - Reduces blood pressure

Why? - Dark chocolate contains a much higher percentage of cocoa content than regular milk chocolate. This cocoa is rich in compounds named flavonols which work to improve the flexibility of your blood vessels. 

6. Sardines

Benifits - Lowers triglycerides and boosts HDL (high-density lipoprotein)

Why? - Sardines have among the highest levels of omega 3 fatty acids of all the cold-water fish. These fatty acids lower harmful triglycerides, raise protective HDL, reduces potentially fatal heart arrhythmias and tones down imflammation. 

7. Lentils

Benifits - Reduces blood pressure

Why? - Lentils contain lean vegetable protein and fiber, folate, magnessium and potassium. The potassium helps to balance salt levels and keeps blood pressure under control. 

8. Almonds

Benifits - Reduces LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and fatal arrhythmias

Why? - Almonds reduce absorption of cholesterol from foods in your diet. The unsaturated oils also encourage the liver to make less LDL and more HDL! 

9. Pomegranates

Benifits - Reduce atherosclerosis

Why? - Pomegranate juice with it's unique qualities block progression of plaque and in some people actually reverses buildup! 

A final note, although eating these foods will dramatically help you to combat heart problems in the future these foods are not alone. There are hundreds of superfoods that benifit the mind and the body! Finding the foods that help your specific needs will enable you to thrive with less fears and have a more postive outlook!