A Heart Failure Summit was organized in Chandigarh on Sunday, July 30 where it was revealed that the estimated heart failure and heart ailment cases in India range from 1.3 million to 4.6 million cases per annum. This is an alarming number and points towards the a problem that the country seems to be ignoring right now. The primary reason for this surge in heart ailments was said to be lack of awareness related to heart health. Thankfully, all you need to do to take care of your heart is make small changes in your eating habits and fitness regime. What kind of lifestyle you choose plays a huge role in how healthy you are and how long you will live. We recently told you what running too much does to your heart. Now, in the interest of spreading some awareness about good eating habits for your heart, we give you 5 foods that are good for your heart and can easily be added to your diet! The great thing is – you may actually already be in love with these foods (and beverage)!Also Read - Should Exercises be Avoided After a Heart Attack? Read Here to Find Out The Answer
Flax seeds contain Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and also protein, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous which are all good for the heart. They are cholesterol-free and all you need is about 1 tablespoon a day. They are easy to include in your diet as they can be consumed as is or in ground or milled form. Chances are that you are already love adding them to your morning cereals. Also Read - A Couple of Aspirins May Save Your Life, Experts Say
If you like eating fish, salmon is your best bet for a healthy heart. It is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which are extremely vital for good heart health. It is one of the foods you should eat when you’re exhausted. Not to mention, it is delicious and a high source of proteins.
Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, lycopene and alpha-and-beta carotene which are all good for the heart. Tomatoes are extremely easy to include in your diet and are commonly found in the kitchen. From sun-dried tomatoes to freshly sliced add-ons, tomatoes can be consumed in any form.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? As long as you can ensure that there is more than 70 per cent cocoa in the chocolate, you can be sure that the chocolate is good for your heart.
Red wine is good for your heart
And finally, it may not be a bad idea to add red wine to your diet as it has been proved that in moderation, red wine is good for your health. Not only does it reduce the risk of diabetes, red wine improves the good cholesterol levels in your body therefore improving your heart health.