The 8 Best Fruits for Your Heart

The 8 Best Fruits for Your Heart

It's very important to keep your heart healthy. Strokes, heart attacks, and other cardiovascular diseases are some of the main causes of death in the United States. Exercise and a healthy diet can contribute a lot to a healthy heart.

Fruits specifically are an important part of a balanced diet. The following fruits in particular are very effective at lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure, as well as providing a whole slew of other benefits that can help make your heart a lot happier.

Blueberries

Because of their bite-sized nature, blueberries are great to snack on. These low-calorie, low-sugar fruits are easy to eat and provide antioxidants and vitamin C. Strawberries and other berries are just as good for your heart. Berries contain compounds that dilate blood vessels and decrease blood pressure. Berries can be eaten fresh, frozen, or made into delicious shakes.

Apricots

Both fresh and dried apricots are great sources of vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as providing fiber and carotenoids. Apricots can be served in a variety of ways and can be used to supplement cereals and pastries. They can also be turned into jams.

Banana

Bananas can be served in a variety of ways, but are often best eaten fresh. Bananas provide fiber and vitamins B6 and C. More importantly, Bananas provide potassium and magnesium, which both help lower blood pressure.

Oranges and other citrus fruits

Citrus fruits and oranges in particular are high in vitamin C. They also contain vitamins A and B6, along with folate, potassium, and fiber. Citrus fruits are used in a variety of dishes, and can also be squeezed into fresh juice. 

Grapefruits

Among citrus fruits, grapefruits also stand out as one of the better sources of calcium, magnesium, and potassium, all of which help contribute to lowering blood pressure. Grapefruits are also rich in vitamin C. A diet of grapefruits can help lower cholesterol levels. Grapefruit seeds have also shown antioxidant properties, which again contribute to a healthier heart.

Kiwis

Kiwis provide vitamins C and E, along with fiber and magnesium. Vitamin E in particular is a pretty good antioxidant, and helps reduce cholesterol. Like berries, kiwis don't need to be peeled or turned into something fancy to eat. But if you want, you can add sliced kiwis into salads and other meals.

Papayas

Papayas imbue your body with vitamins A, C, and E. Like oranges, papayas also contain folate and potassium, as well as magnesium. Papayas can be turned into smoothies, lemonades, and juices. They can also be baked, added to fruit salad, or made into a delicious salsa.

Walnuts

Walnuts contain alpha-Linolenic acid, otherwise known as ALA. This acid has a similar effect to omega-3 acids found in fish like herrings and salmons. Like berries, walnuts and other nuts, walnuts make great snacks. They can also be sprinkled on top of salads and oatmeal.

Whether you're a big fan of these fruits or not, remember to keep your diet balanced. Don't just eat fruits all day. Add a bit of protein here and there, along with some dairy, grains, oils, and vegetables. At the same time, consider working out. As long as you have a balanced enough diet and an active lifestyle, your heart should stay fairly healthy.

About the author: Sonny Choun is part of our Marketing Team here at Pivot Insurance. He enjoys playing outdoor sports, bowling with friends, and spending time with family. His talent and expertise are a reflection of the Pivot culture. He believes life insurance is an essential part of a family's financial security. Sonny can be contacted at 1-800-651-1953 or schoun@sbsb.com.

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