Eat Up! Heart-Healthy Foods
With heart disease being one of the leading causes of death in the world, we can all do a little more to take care of our ticker. This doctor drops by to discuss several heart-healthy foods that you can add to your diet starting today!
Here are some top heart-healthy foods
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and this continues to grow as obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle become more common!
Left ventricular (LV) hypokinesia is basically a weakening of the left ventricular heart wall. This is associated with the weakness of the heart due to blockages in the coronary arteries. These blockages can be mild or severe and can occur in different positions of the heart.
The blockages can be in arteries, membranes ventricles, and walls. This weakness results in less pumping of blood throughout the body, resulting in the lack of nutrients and oxygen.
Deficiency in nutrient and oxygen supply can lead to a thickening and stiffening of cardiac chambers, this condition (if continued) can result in congestive heart failure.
- The main cause of global LV hypokinesia is heart disease, which can lead to pressure on the arteries which results in the stiffness and thickening of the muscles in the heart. These are coronary artery disease, heart failure, congenital heart defects (birth defects), and valvular heart disease.
- Another cause is heredity, in which this disease has been transferred to the next generation by the parents.
- There are many other causes of global LV hypokinesia, including lack of physical exercise, obesity, smoking, diabetes, stress, high blood pressure, drug abuse, and excessive consumption of alcohol/ caffeine.
Heart Disease Home Remedies
There are lots of heart-healthy foods which can prevent the problem of global LV hypokinesia. These heart disease home remedies help in preventing many cardiac disorders which can lead to global LV hypokinesia.
Heart-healthy foods (and exercise) can balance the blood pressure, fats, cholesterol, and blood sugar and result in a healthier you. This reduces the risk of heart disorders that can trigger global LV hypokinesia.
The consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, nuts, poultry and fish, creates a balanced diet which can reduce the risk of heart disease.
The overconsumption of red meat and sugary foods/beverages should be avoided. A heart-healthy diet includes brown rice, oatmeal, soybean, corn, and sweet potatoes cooked in olive oil, peanut oil, or sunflower oil.
On top of that, try to drink 1 to 2 liters of water daily, unless otherwise suggested by your doctor.
Tip: People with heart disorders should eat in small proportions.
Ginger is a common ingredient in the Indian kitchen and is known to help cure various diseases. It helps in lowering cholesterol and possesses the property of preventing blood clotting.
This anti-clotting property helps decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke. Because of the property of lowering cholesterol, it clears the cholesterol thickening or deposition on the walls of arteries and maintains proper blood flow.
It reduces blood pressure, which can be another indicator of heart disease. It is available in capsule form.
Tip: Daily consumption of ginger will help reduce the risk of heart diseases.
Bilberry is used to treating many health issues nowadays. It is very similar to blueberry and is available in capsule form. This fruit is used to maintain proper blood circulation in the body, mostly in the veins.
It is used for many other diseases and problems like diarrhea, menstrual cramps, skin problems, and eyestrain. It strengthens the capillary resistance and protects them from damage by free radicals.
Tip: Bilberry fruit can be eaten daily but avoid during pregnancy or if you have allergies.
Garlic has been known for its medicinal values for centuries. It reduces the cholesterol in the body and behaves as a blood thinner to reduce atherosclerosis.
This property is very useful to prevent various health problems in the body and makes the blood easier to pump for the heart.
Tip: Consume 4-5 cloves daily to decrease your risk of heart disorders.
The use of green tea reduces the risk of heart problems, especially the leaves of Camellia sinensis – which is available in extract or capsule form. It contains marvelous qualities to increase mental alertness, prevent cancer, lower cholesterol, and reduce weight.
The presence of vitamin K is an added quality.
Tip: Drinking 1-2 cups of green tea a day can improve cardiovascular health.
There are numerous medicinal properties known for this plant. It helps in preventing diabetes, arthritis, epilepsy, and asthma. It contains vitamin B, amino acids, iron, calcium, zinc, manganese, and enzymes.
It possesses antimicrobial agents such as cinnamic acid, lupeol, salicylic acid, urea nitrogen, phenol, and sulfur. It promotes heart health and maintains cholesterol levels.
Tip: The regular use of 100 mg of Aloe Vera for three months can reduce your chance of stroke, heart attacks, and chest pains
Fenugreek seeds have been used extensively in ancient times for curing many diseases. This is used to cure many ailments including lowering blood sugar, digestive problems, and lowering cholesterol.
As it lowers cholesterol, it helps thin the blood and removes the blockage in the heart capillaries. This prevents global LV hypokinesia diseases.
Tip: Use 5g of powder or seeds daily to prevent heart disorders. Seeds can be eaten by soaking overnight in water.
As you can see, there are a lot of heart-healthy foods for people with global LV hypokinesia (plus many more not listed).
You can also check out the Planet Ayurveda capsules like the Arjuna, Total Heart Support, Gotukola, Punarnava, Bilberry, and Giloy – which are gaining popularity.
Either way, these heart-healthy foods can help improve your diet and overall health!