10 Foods for a Healthy Heart


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Salmon

See some fins? You may have a heart-healthy friend. Eating two or more servings each week of a fatty fish, like salmon, can help lower your risk of coronary heart disease by 30 percent.

This medicinal magic comes from the high level of omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon. Omega-3 fatty acids can lower your triglyceride levels, lower your blood pressure and contribute to a more regular heart rhythm.

Furthermore, salmon has a healthful antioxidant called carotenoid astaxanthin -- along with protein, B-vitamins for converting food to energy, calcium and vitamin D.

If we've convinced you to trade chicken nuggets for some fatty fish, here are some tips for salmon shopping: Look for salmon with a bright orange-to-red color, firmness, moistness and mild aroma. In addition, contamination can sometimes occur on fish farms. Look first for wild salmon. If that's not available, choose farmed Atlantic salmon from Chile or Washington State. Farmed fish from the eastern United States, western Canada and Norway should be your third pick.