Healthy food for the heart

There is a plethora of healthy foods to choose from, however if you have ever wondered which are the ones which are healthy for your heart, then look no further. Here are our top 5

Whole Grains: Scientific studies have suggested that consuming wholegrains as our forefathers did would lead to lower risk of cardiovascular diseases. fibre present in whole grains help reduce blood pressure and blood cholesterol. If you've paid attention this is a running theme of almost all ads about Oats; however whole grains like brown rice, whole wheat bread and oats are the best exponents of this.

Fish: Especially oily fish, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as tuna, salmon, mackerel and sardines helps in decreasing of triglycerides and increase HDL cholesterol levels. Consuming omega-3 fatty acids also improves the elasticity of your blood vessels and thins the blood, thereby decreasing risk of stroke and vascular pressure related conditions

Tea:  is rich in antioxidant flavonoids; these help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases including diabetes. Research has shown that antioxidants can help prevent the build-up of fat deposits in arteries.

Avocado: helps improving LDL levels (bad cholesterol) in blood. Avocadoes are rich in antioxidants, fibre, monosaturated fatty acids which help in reducing LDL levels, if consumer regularly

Blueberries : Yes, they are not indigenous to India, or most of Asia, however just one cup of blueberries per day can help reduce your blood pressure and increase arterial elasticity. Blueberries help increase levels of nitric oxide, which in turn dilates the blood vessels.