Olive oil is high in antioxidants and monounsaturated fats. It has been associated with lower blood pressure and heart disease risk. We think of it as a heart protector!
The lycopene found in tomatoes may lower LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, and keep blood from clotting, which lowers the risk of stroke.
Seafood and Fish
High in omega-3 fatty acids, seafood and fish may help reduce heart disease risk factors, including high blood pressure, triglycerides, and cholesterol.
it's high in heart-healthy alpha-linolenic acid which decreases the risk of heart disease by helping to maintain normal heart rhythm and pumping.
Garlic and its components have been shown to help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. They may also help inhibit blood clot formation.
Eating oats can help significantly reduce atherosclerosis risk factors, including high levels of total and LDL cholesterol.
Powerful antioxidants in green tea — especially one called epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG — can help prevent atherosclerosis and plaque buildup in the arteries.
Avocados are abundant in healthy fats, fibre, and micronutrients that boost heart health and keep your body working smoothly.
The unsaturated fats they contain help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise HDL (good) cholesterol. Their omega-3 fatty acids appear to prevent the development of erratic heart rhythms.
Beans and Legumes
Beans and other legumes benefit cardiovascular health because they are high in fibre, plant protein, and other micronutrients, but low in fat, free of cholesterol, and low on the glycemic index.
The Mediterranean diet consistently gets high marks for its cardiovascular benefits because it is based on whole foods. Simply For Life’s entire program is rooted in the principles of the Mediterranean diet!