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How 7 Foods and Beverages Make Your Heart Stronger?

Updated on September 3, 2011

Healthy Heart

Foods and Beverages For a Strong Heart

The right foods are readily available to help you keep your heart in tip-top condition.

FOODS:

1- Chocolate will reduce inflammation - Just 2 ounces of dark chocolate will provide enough flavonoids to reduce the levels of C-reactive protein - a marker for inflammation that damages the heart - and reduce your risk of heart disease by as much as 33%. Pick a healthy chocolate that has at least 70% cocoa and is low in sugar.

2- Garlic will control blood pressure - The sulfur compounds in garlic are what will help your blood flow freely and lower your systolic blood pressure by as much as 8%. One clove per day is enough to reap the benefits. Chop, mash, or press the garlic and let it sit 10 minutes before eating. I like it raw, but cooking quickly is also beneficial.

3 - Pistachios will control trigylcerides - The nutrients in these nuts will keep these heart damaging fats in check. A study showed that a daily handful of pistachios lowered trigylcerides levels in people who snacked on these nuts, as opposed to people who snacked on pretzels, by 33%, according to UCLA research.

4 - Tomatoes will lower bad cholesterol - Tomatoes can lower bad cholesterol (LDL) by 13% in as little as 3 weeks. This is due to the lycopene in tomatoes which stops LDLs from turning into plaque and clogging the arteries. The tomato benefits can be found in 2 TBS. of organic ketchup, 1/2 cup of tomato sauce or a tomato.

BEVERAGES:

1- Cranberry Juice - Consuming up to 8 oz - from 1 to 3 times per day will help raise the good (HDL) cholesterol. This is due to the polyphenols in cranberry juice. (See the 4 amazing health benefits of cranberries in the link below).

2 - Black Tea - Consuming 8 ounces of black tea daily will help dilate the blood vessels and improve circulation. This is due to the flavonoids found in the tea. (See link below for the benefits of many herbal teas).

3 - Red Wine - Consuming a daily 4 ounce glass of red wine will help prevent blood clots. This is due to the antioxidant known as resveratrol.

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      kishwer Ahmed 3 years ago

      I really like ur suggestions and appreciate but my problem is weak heart valves and I m diabetic patient too.

      Can U please help me?

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      TheListLady 4 years ago from New York City

      Thanks for all the comments - yay!

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      swpanil 4 years ago

      It s Beneficial for me,thanks

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      healthfirst 5 years ago

      Wines are made from grapes, the seeds of the grapes contains Proanthocyanidins which is also an antioxidant and is good for diseases particularly those of the nervous, cardiovascular and immune system.

      http://www.uno-intl-corp.com/grape-seed.html

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      Yula 6 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. Keep it coming. I read somewhere that beef liver is good for the heart too, is that true? My heart feels weak; esp during and after a meal. When I breath I feel like my lungs are under water. Keep suggestions coming.

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      slaffery 6 years ago from Kansas, USA

      I love dried cranberries and wonder it they're just as good or not :)

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      HomerMCho 6 years ago

      Very interesting!

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      celeBritys4africA 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I am a chocolate addict.

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      vnustham 6 years ago from Thailand

      Yes!! I love chocolate .. sure it's good for my heart so always said to everyone who look at me and said as chocolate again!! ...Good Hub.. I will share to my friend.

      Thanks a lot !

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      Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      great hub --- I must read the same books as you on health.

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      Chris Eddy111 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hmm, you got my chocolate in there, my pistachios and my black tea and to top it off, a little wine every now and again. I'm liking you girl. Thanks for the hub.

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      eventsyoudesign 7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      I like to partake of garlic on a daily basis. I take it for its wonderful heart healthy benefits. I wish more people would let food be thy medicine as opposed to pharmaceutical drugs. I also sprinkle red pepper flakes on my food. They add great flavor and have a thermogenic effect on your body, naturally increasing metabolism. Cinnamon is great for decreasing your blood sugar. Foods have so many healing properties why not use them?

      Thanks for a great article. I will read more.

      Teresa

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      James Flynn 7 years ago from Edinburgh

      Great hib, voted up and bookmarked for my healthy future. I LOVE all those things on your list but like the herbivorhippi I have not had pistachios in a long while.

      Keep on hubbing!! :-)

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      thegreenerme 7 years ago

      The tip about black tea is interesting. I've been seeing it offered more and more in ready-made iced tea bottles lately. Home brewed, black tea does make an excellent iced tea, too. You've also given me the perfect excuse to snack on a small amount of chocolate - I feel less guilty about it now.

      Thanks for the tips!

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      I think I am on the right track. Other than pistachios and red wine, I consume these foods and beverages fairly regularly. This list is a nice reminder as to how important they are for our health.

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      LivingFood 7 years ago

      Lots of great foods...I love raw chocolate! It's bitter, but I put the powder in smoothies so you can't taste it, and it takes my sweet cravings away.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      All of these foods and beverages are readily accessible. We really have no excuse not to eat right and be responsible for our health.

      Thanks for the tips! And I will drink more tea! And I have been craving chocolate for the last week - maybe that means there is some inflammation in my body. We must listen to our bodies more often.

      Rated up and more!

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Man....I haven't had pistachios in forever! They sound so good right now and now I have a reason to go get some! Awesome! Thanks for a delicious hub!