10 Superfoods To Ward Off Heart Disease

foods for healthy heartGive your heart a boost and prevent cardiovascular diseases like stroke and heart disease by chowing down on superfoods rich in nutrients, fiber and healthy fats. Check out the 10 heart-smart picks below.

Avocado has a well-established reputation for providing the body and heart with healthy fats, antioxidants and potassium. So, it’s no surprise that these little green fruit may lower heart disease risk factors, such as cholesterol.

Blueberries According to a 2013 study, women aged 25 to 42 who gobbled up more than three servings of blueberries and strawberries in a week reduced their risk of heart attack by 32 percent when compared to those who consumed less. Researchers credited the benefit to compounds known as anthocyanins (which give berries their color) and flavonoids which may decrease hypertension.

Citrus A 2012 study indicates that women who “consume higher amounts of a compound in citrus fruits, especially oranges and grapefruit, may lower ischemic stroke risk” by 19 percent. Citrus is also high in vitamin C, which has been linked with a lower risk of heart disease.

Dark chocolate contains flavonoids called polyphenols, which can reduce the risk of nonfatal heart attacks and stroke. A 2010 study also found that dark chocolate (made up of at least 60-70% cocoa) may reduce blood pressure, clotting and inflammation.