Eating for Heart Health


Hi Fusers!
Our dear friend and fellow Fuser Beverly Aabjerg has written an awesome guest post regarding heart healthy eating. Thank you so much Beverly!
Good heart health is gained or maintained with exercise and the food that we eat.According to the Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, research has found that omega-3 fatty acids are essential to the well-being of our bodies. Eating a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids does appear to decrease the risk of stroke and heart disease. These polyunsaturated fats carry acids that help control blood clotting as well as building cell membranes in the brain.

We cannot manufacture these on our own, so we need to get them from the food we eat. Omega-3 fatty acids are commonly found in marine and plant oils. Here is a list of foods containing omega-3 fatty acids:

Almonds, walnuts and, flaxseed (ground) eaten raw or in recipes are a good way to get your daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids.

almonds

Oatmeal is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids; as well as magnesium; potassium; folate; niacin; calcium; soluble fiber.  The less processed the oats, the better. Steel cut oats have the highest nutritional value where as instant oats the least. Oatmeal-and-raisin cookies are a heart healthy treat.

a heart healthy treat!

                   a heart healthy treat!

Black or Kidney beans contain omega-3 fatty acids  as well as B-complex vitamins, folate, magnesium, calcium and fiber, plus niacin. These beans are great to add to soups and salads for extra flavor and heart-healthy nutrients.

Fish such as herring, halibut, sardines, tuna and salmon are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. (Make sure to buy wild not farm-raised salmon.)  American Heart Association suggests eating one or more of these fish at least twice a week.

salmon

Research shows, that besides heart disease, a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids can help with cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

What is your favorite omega-3 fatty acids food?

Yours in Health,

The Fuse Fitness

 

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One thought on “Eating for Heart Health

  1. Very good post! I love salmon and try to eat it twice a week. I also eat oatmeal, almonds and flaxseed in the morning! I love healthy food and it was good to read this post and read about the food that contain the omega-3 fatty acids. Thanks!

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