10 Foods for a Healthy Heart

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Our food choices are a story of contrasts. Nutritious, healthy foods serve as some of our best medicines. Poor diet choices, however, take a drastic, negative toll on our bodies. In fact, what we eat affects our heart and blood circulation -- either helping to prevent or cause heart attacks and strokes.

For example, consuming foods high in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol can lead to plaque buildup in our arteries. Why is this a problem? Our arteries need to be free and open to carry much-needed oxygen in the blood to the heart. As the plaque hardens and narrows that path, our hearts don't get enough of that oxygen -- leading to chest pains or heart attacks. In the instance of a stroke, the vessels in charge of taking that oxygen-rich blood to our brains become blocked.

As dire as these situations sound, you can use your diet to combat these negatives and supercharge your heart -- keeping those same vessels free and clear. Read on to learn about 10 of these heart-healthy foods.