This month love is in the air and we’re rounding up the foods we love most for keeping our heart healthy year ’round. You can find these top picks at all KWF stores on our February end cap.
Studies show fish oil supports circulation and healthy blood vessel function and promotes the metabolism of dietary fat and cholesterol. Get 20% off the Nordic Naturals line as part of this months featured supplement sales.
Olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated fats, which have been known to help reduce both cholesterol and blood sugar levels. To reap the benefits of this Mediterranean staple, enjoy it “raw” or unheated by incorporating it into salad dressings, or using as the base for a for dipping oil (add your favorite fresh herbs, Himalayan salt, spices, minced garlic or a shaved cheese like Parmesan or Pecorino to enhance flavor).
Beans are high in protein, minerals and fiber without the saturated fat found in some animal proteins. Mix them into a side salad or your next chili dish!
Studies suggest this light, aromatic tea may lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, try enjoying a warm cup first thing in the morning.
Holy Basil Tea
Holy Basil contains vitamin-C and other antioxidants such as eugenol, which protects the heart from the harmful effects of free radicals. Need another reason to try this aromatic and soothing tea? Holy Basil has also been known to act as a natural stress reliever.
Tuna, Salmon and Sardines
Fish are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been known to lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Be sure to look for wild caught and sustainable options.
This whole grain is rich with dietary fiber, which may help improve blood cholesterol levels. The best thing about eating oatmeal are the endless possibilities! Mix it with berries, cinnamon, raisins, honey, nut butter or whatever your heart desires (how’s that for a pun!) on a cold winter morning.
Look for cocoa content 70% or higher to benefit from the high levels of antioxidants. The Cacao plant is rich in flavanols, known to lower blood pressure and prevent blood clots.