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Eat Your Way to Heart Health

Support your heart with these nutrient-dense foods.

  • Eating foods known as phytosterols can lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol. These include Brussels sprouts, peanuts, almonds and wheat germ.
  • Foods high in nitric oxide can lower your blood pressure and keep the lining of your blood vessels healthy. Foods with the highest sources of nitric oxide are beets and kale.
  • Magnesium can help maintain a healthy heart rhythm and reduce blood pressure. Foods rich in magnesium include almonds, cashews and pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
  • Vitamin D-rich foods are anti-inflammatory. These include foods like mushrooms, fortified cereals, dairy, salmon and sardines.
  • Fermented foods promote a healthy gut microbiota and can also reduce your risk of heart disease by keeping your blood vessels healthy. Sources of fermented foods include yogurts, kimchi and sauerkraut.
  • An omega-rich diet is anti-inflammatory and may reduce cholesterol levels. Omega-rich foods include hemp seed, sockeye salmon, sardines, tuna, flaxseed, walnuts and almonds.

Meet with an Integrative Medicine provider at the Barton Center for Orthopedics & Wellness to discuss your current supplement use to improve your health by calling 530.539.6620.