10 Foods for a Healthy Heart


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Blueberries
Blueberries can help lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Blueberries can help lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.
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The American Heart Association suggests choosing fruits and vegetables that are deep in color throughout. Well, you can't get much deeper in color than the nice dark blue hue of our next heart-healthy food -- blueberries.

That nice blue color actually comes from anthocyanins, which are the antioxidants so prevalent in blueberries. But that's not all -- they may be small, but blueberries are also packed with fiber and vitamin C.

Furthermore, blueberries and other berries, such as blackberries, raspberries and strawberries, have anti-inflammatories that help lower the chance of heart disease and cancer. And, as if those weren't enough reasons to stock up on the blue fruit, EatingWell says that heart-healthy plant compounds in berries, called polyphenols, may up our levels of nitric oxide, which is known to relax blood vessels and, thus, help lower blood pressure.