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Great Foods for Your Heart

By Sara Butler

Chances are you can pick a few heart-healthy foods out of a lineup. There are the old throwbacks such as oatmeal, olive oil, or wild salmon. Everyone knows that the old ticker benefits from these foods, but there are a lot of foods that people mistakenly believe aren’t good for their heart. There are many other staples in your kitchen that are great for the pitter-patter of your heart, so try adding a few of these foods to your diet to keep your heart healthy and strong.


Almonds and walnuts get all the publicity when it comes to health benefits, but the faithful peanut has a few things it can toot its horn about. Peanuts contain an amino acid called L-arginine, which helps to promote better blood vessel function and healthy cholesterol levels. These nuts are also rich in Vitamin E, an antioxidant that has been proven to help lower levels of LDL cholesterol – you know, the unhealthy kind!

Sweet Potatoes

Bananas are touted for their high levels of potassium but the innocent sweet potato has the banana beat! Sweet potatoes provide you with 12 percent of the potassium you need per day to keep your heart healthy and your sodium levels balanced. High potassium intake has been found by research published in the British Medical Journal to be associated with a 24 percent lower chance of stroke. So, eat those sweet potatoes with abandon!


Papaya has something you may not expect: lycopene. Lycopene is the antioxidant tomatoes are famous for that help to lower stroke risk by helping to reduce chronic inflammation. Turns out that papaya has almost three times the amount of lycopene as a tomato. When you slice up a papaya, your body will absorb more of it and increase the chance of the benefits. Makes a tropical fruit salad sound even better!


Eggs are nearly the perfect food. They’re high in vitamins and mineral, high in protein, and low in calories. They have been found in studies published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition to lower the chance of stroke by about 12 percent. They also contain antioxidants that help to fight inflammation and amino acids that help keep blood vessels healthy. They’re amazing!

A healthy diet is all about variety. Sure, there may be some healthy foods you enjoy more than others but don’t forget to branch out!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Creve Coeur, Mo. 


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