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4 Heart-Healthy Foods for Your Shopping List

It's the month of love and a great time to highlight one of our most vital organs - our hearts.

Did you know? Your diet can play a major role in preventing certain heart disease risk factors.These factors include your blood pressure, triglycerides, cholesterol levels, and inflammation.

We've narrowed it down to our top four heart-healthy foods that you can add to your diet.

1. Berries, berries, and more berries

You really can't get enough! Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries contain nutrients that promote healthy heart functions. They are rich in antioxidants and can reduce high cholesterol and blood pressure.

Berries are versatile and delicious. You can use a variety of berries in your morning smoothie, as an afternoon snack, or an after-dinner dessert.

2. Dark leafy greens

Spinach and kale have both been described as the powerhouses of nutrition. Both are rich in Vitamin K and Vitamin C; two key ingredients in helping your heart function optimally:

  • Vitamin K - promotes healthy blood clotting and bone formation.

  • Vitamin C - keeps your immune system in tip-top shape to prevent any diseases from entering the body.

If you can't stomach the taste of leafy greens, we recommend adding a supplement like Sportron's Ultragard, to your diet. It is an all in one food supplement that contains the dosage of vitamins and minerals required by the body daily.

3. Avocados

Did you know Avocados contain 20 different vitamins and minerals? Avocados are known as healthy fats. They contain monounsaturated oleic acid, which is a fatty acid good for your heart, your cholesterol, and your overall health.

This fruit is also rich in Potassium, which is an important mineral that helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels.

Like berries, avocados are versatile; you can eat them as part of your breakfast, in a salad, on a rice cake/slice of rye bread, or even blend it in a smoothie – recipe:

4. Salmon, sardines, and tuna

Eating fatty fish or taking a fish oil supplement can lower the risk of heart disease. Oily fish is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce inflammation and potentially lower the risk of heart disease.

If you don't eat fish or your budget is too tight, then consider a fish oil supplement. It is a great option for getting your daily dose of Omega-3 fatty acids. We love Sportron's Omegatone. It contains all the Omega-3 fatty acids that you'll find in a diet rich in fatty fish.

Remember, natural supplements are a helpful way to treat heart risk diseases but some can interact with blood pressure medication. Always seek professional advice before starting any supplement.

Drop us a message via our contact us form should you be interested or have questions about any of the products mentioned above.


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