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5 Top Heart Healthy Fruits

Fruits are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber. They are low in calories and eating them will instantly start improving your heart health. Eating 4 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetable is found helpful in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Fruits are versatile, offer great taste and come with host of heart healthy nutrients. With so much of variety to choose from, anyone will surely find it easy to include it in his diet in one or the other way.

Fruits are rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene (a form of vitamin A). They work as an antioxidant in the body to fix free radicals. Fruits are loaded with nutrients that are helpful in lowering the cholesterol and blood pressure and thereby helping you lose weight. Prefer fresh fruits over canned, frozen or packaged juice. Find ways to include at least four servings of fruits each day. Aim at eating whole fruits instead of fruits juice as they are effective in controlling blood sugar or triglycerides.

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Flavonoids present in the apples promote heart health by reducing platelet adhesion in arteries. It is also helpful in lowering cholesterol levels and dilating arteries. When you are buying apples, look for shiny apples that don’t have any visible bruise. Apples are one such fruits that are available throughout the year. Apple stays juicier and crisper when stored refrigerated.

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Apricots are rich is many plant antioxidants, including polyphenolic antioxidants like flavonoids. Diets rich in flavonoids are linked to reduced heart diseases in humans. They also offer many potential health benefits such as ability to treat indigestion, fever, skin disease, constipation, cancer and anemia. When you are buying apricots look for firm, plump with deep orange or yellow orange color. Apricots can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. Place them in a plastic bag before storing it in fridge.

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Bananas are among one of the most widely eaten fruits in the world and they are good for your heart. Banana comes packed with potassium, a mineral electrolyte that is helpful in keeping your heart beating. The high content of potassium and low content of sodium in banana makes it effective in protecting your cardiovascular system against high blood pressure. While buying bananas look for one that has the stem intact. Bananas are available in wide variety of sizes, but its size doesn’t affect its quality.

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Strawberries, black berries, raspberries and blue berries are powerful superfoods. They are loaded with nutrients, antioxidants and several phytochemicals besides being rich in vitamin C, folate, fiber, manganese and potassium that helps prevent against cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, effects of ageing, arthritis and certain kinds of cancer. When you buy berries, buy bright berries. Silver sheen on blue berries denotes freshness. Berries can be stored refrigerated for about 2 to 3 days. Frozen berries are as nutritious as fresh berries.

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Fresh cantaloupe has a rich content of vitamin C, fiber, choline and potassium. High content of potassium in cantaloupe is helpful in decreasing blood pressure. Having adequate amount of potassium is as important as decreasing sodium intake while treating hypertension. High potassium intake is also linked to reduced risk of stroke and loss of muscle mass. While buying cantaloupe, look for the one that smells. You can store them ideally for 5 days.

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