Diet plays a major role in women with cardiac issues, as today's diet in the urban world consists of a lot of added sugars, trans fats, which are increasing the fat accumulation in our bodies, thus contributing to the increase in the LDL cholesterol, which in turn are converted to plaque formation with the extensive free radical exposure.
Thus the dreadful cardiac diseases, which make us suffer lifelong are a matter of serious concern, which alerts Doctors, Nutritionists, Cardiologists, Dieticians, to find natural ways to prevent or overcome the existing heart diseases.
Along with regular physical activity daily a healthy dietary pattern has to be followed daily, irrespective of the age and severity of the cardiac problems, which helps dramatically in relieving stress on the LUBDUB of our heart
Few of such magical foods are:
- DARK CHOCOLATE: The high cocoa content in dark chocolate contains antioxidants, polyphenols, which improves the HDL cholesterol and lowers LDL cholesterol. Compounds in cocoa are known to reduce hypertension.
- NUTS: Regular consumption of moderate quantities nuts daily, helps in reduction of the risk of sudden cardiac death, and also helps in lowering the total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.
- GARLIC: Garlic is known to protect against atherosclerosis with its variety of compounds by mechanisms such as inhibiting cholesterol synthesis, suppression of LDL oxidation, inhibition of platelet aggregation, and thrombus formation. Few studies also have proved the effects of garlic on the reduction of blood pressure.
- TEA: Tea with its high content of flavonoids and other antioxidants is known to have cardio-protective properties. Recent research studies have revealed that regular consumption of green tea helps in the reduction of the incidence of cardiovascular disease.
- PLANT STEROLS: Plant and vegetable oils such as corn, soy, and wheat are known as “functional foods” which helps in lowering plasma cholesterol levels.
- PLANT PROTEIN: Replacement of animal protein with plant protein such as soy, pulses, beans, helps in the reduction of LDL cholesterol, and triacylglycerols. The very less amount of fat in plant-based proteins also has a tremendous effect in preventing the accumulation of fat, which usually comes as baggage along with animal protein foods like meat, dairy products, etc..
- ANTIOXIDANTS: Including a diet rich in antioxidants like berries, Vitamin A, E, C rich foods like carrots, oranges, almonds, sweet potatoes, olive oil, spinach, etc..into our daily diet, helps in reducing the coronary events in the heart.
- FLAXSEEDS: Flax seeds being rich in fiber and omega-3-fatty acids help in the reduction of the unhealthy fat deposits in your body replacing with good fats that in turn helps in balancing the hormones as well as increasing the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.