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Taking care of your heart is so important, so we’ve rounded up 10 of the best, most heart-healthy foods you can get.

 

Leafy Green Vegetables

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Full of vitamins and nutrients and light on calories, leafy green vegetables are an important part of any healthy diet. For heart health, they’re a great source of vitamin K, which can help reduce blood pressure.

 

Dark Chocolate

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Yep, dark chocolate is on this list! Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and has been shown to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Whole Grains

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Add some brown rice to your taco bowl! Whole grains are a great source of fiber, which is an important part of your diet and can help reduce the risk of heart disease while lowering your bad cholesterol.

 

Berries

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Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, oh my! These berries are full of antioxidants, which are important in preventing heart disease and keeping your heart strong and healthy.

 

Salmon

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Omega-3, or good fat, is an important part of a healthy diet and a crucial way to keep your heart healthy. One of the healthiest fatty fish you can eat is salmon. It’s full of omega-3, which decreases blood pressure and other risk factors associated with heart disease.

 

Almonds

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Almonds are full of a ton of great nutrients, fiber, and healthy fats. In addition to being great for your body and a helpful snack while trying to lose weight, almonds reduce bad cholesterol, lowering your risk of heart disease.

 

Olive Oil

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Olive oil is full of the good kind of fat and antioxidants, so add this delicious ingredient to salads, veggies, and pretty much anything else you can think of! One study showed that those that add olive oil to their diet have a 35% lower risk of developing heart disease.

Green Tea

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Green tea has ton of health benefits and is a great way to help you lose weight and burn fat. For your heart, green tea can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, two major risks in developing heart disease!

 

Chickpeas

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Chickpeas (and some other lentils and beans) are a great source of fiber – that magical ingredient that lowers your bad cholesterol. Just make sure you look for cans that are low-sodium or no-salt-added!

Red grapes

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You may have heard that red wine is good for your heart — in moderation — and that’s because of the benefits of juicy red grapes. They are full of resveratrol, which keeps your blood flooding and benefits circulation.

 

What foods do you eat to take care of your heart? Let us know in the comments below! And don’t forget to enter our 7th annual Heart Over Heels Giveaway!

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