Happiness is good for the heart. Surround yourself with people who bring joy, love and laughter into your lives and you're almost guaranteed to Iive a longer and more fulfilling life.
Turns out there are FIVE key essential foods that can also help maintain a healthy happy heart too so grab your pen or your i-pad and make sure these form an ongoing part of your weekly grocery list. No specialist health food store visits required. They are all readily and cost effectively available at any local store or supermarket.
No, sadly they're not Haribo, Merlot, Danish Pastries, Prosecco and Chocolate!
They are in fact Apples, Brown Rice, Green Tea, Salmon and Sweet Potatoes. Still delicious but with the added benefit of also being nutritious and keeping your ticker on track.
So what's the low down on these five power foods and just how important are they in maintaining and improving your overall well being and your Triple F status?
Tones of varieties, all bursting full of flavour. An apple a day really does keep the Doctor away! But why? Well, they're packed with a soluble fibre called PECTIN. Pectin is like a super glue for your body. It binds to cholesterol in your digestive tract and carries it off to be expelled before it gets a chance of being absorbed. So get crunching and munching on that Granny Smith, Golden Delicious or Pink Lady.
Again, because of its high fibre content, brown rise is especially good for a health heart. Much the same as apples do, the rice also has a gelling effect moving cholesterol out of your digestive tract so less of it gets absorbed into the bloodstream.
Time was that only hippies drank green tea or those of us already aware of its detox powers. However, these days its a generally accepted and regularly chosen beverage although still tastes a bit like pond water to me! The reason why it's lauded as being beneficial for the heart is down to a group of compounds called catechin. They're important because they have been proven to reduce platelet adhesion which in lay-man's terms mean they could offer some protection against clots. Of course, green tea also includes other flavonoids which can help maintain a healthy heart too.
Top of the pick when it comes to a healthy heart are oily fishes which are packed full of those all important Omega 3 fatty acids. These help with managing your cholesterol levels and protect the vessels so that long term you'll prevent inflammation which can be the first step towards heart attacks.
Packed with anti inflammatory beta carotene, sweet potatoes also have a much lower glycaemic index that your regular spud too so all round they are a great staple to introduce into your diet.
So there you have it, 5 really easy ingredients to purchase and to cook with that will have you on top of your Triple F game for as long as possible. Your heart health is super important and just a few small changes and the addition of these power ingredients can do you the world of good.