Best foods for Cardiovascular diseases, what causes Cardiovascular issues
With the rising number of patients suffering from heart disease, a lot of research has been done to find out exactly what causes it. Cardiovascular issues can refer to a number of heart or blood vessel issues. They include coronary heart disease, heart attacks, congestive heart failure and congenital heart disease. Research shows that Cardiovascular disease tops the list of causes of death for both men and women in the U.S. Coronary disease is the most common.
The coronary disease starts with the damage to the inner layers and lining of the heart arteries. A number of factors are attributed to this damage. These include smoking, high levels of cholesterol in the body, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and blood vessel inflammation. When the arteries are damaged, the build up of plaque can begin, which can later harden – reducing the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart – or rapture – causing blood clots.
Some of the causes of heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, sleep apnea, stress and an unhealthy diet can be controlled. Others such as family, history, age and menopause and pre-eclampsia cannot.
Many of the controllable causes can either be reversed or prevented by making changes in your diet. WE will talk about the best foods you can take to prevent and manage cardiovascular disease.
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as tuna, salmon and trout have an anti-clotting effect that will keep the blood flowing. They are also known to lower triglyceride (a type of fat that leads to heart disease)content in the body
A diet rich in walnuts can significantly lower your risk of heart disease. They contain monosaturated fats that decrease your ‘bad’ cholesterol and raise your ‘good’ cholesterol.
Berries are loaded with polyphenols. These are antioxidants that eliminate free radicals in your body. Free radicals have been found to cause a variety of diseases, such as heart disease.
Dairy products have a high potassium content. Potassium has the effect of lowering blood pressure. If you choose the fat-free or low-fat variety, you limit your intake of saturated fat, which can raise your cholesterol levels. Other potassium rich foods include bananas, potatoes and oranges.
Legumes such as chickpeas, beans and lentils are a good source of soluble fibre. These lower the level of ‘bad’ cholesterol in the body. Other sources of soluble fibre include apples, pears, eggplant and okra.
A cup or more of oatmeal every day can significantly lower your LDL cholesterol. It provides you with the amount of beta-glucan your body requires to help lower cholesterol.
Fats are very important in our diet. Completely eliminating them from your diet is definitely not an option. Adding olive oil to your diet when you need to limit saturated fats is a great option. You may also decide to use canola or safflower oil.
Remember when everyone said that you should not eat chocolate? Well, research now shows that consuming dark chocolate containing at least 70 percent of cocoa is good for you. It is rich in flavanols which help lower blood pressure and prevent clots from forming.
You can significantly decrease your risk of heart disease by adjusting your diet to include foods that lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels and prevent blood clots.