You make your heart a lot healthier with this
High blood pressure and heart problems are very common in the Netherlands. It is often caused by an unhealthy lifestyle such as wrong diet, too much alcohol, smoking and too little exercise. Wrong food is easy to get around. In fact, you can even eat foods that can prevent heart problems.
Heart problems can have several causes. One of them, for example, is too high a cholesterol level. Although at first glance high cholesterol does not cause any symptoms, it is actually bad for your health. An increased cholesterol, and then we are talking about the bad LDL cholesterol, can lead to a heart attack, other cardiovascular diseases and gallstones. It is therefore important to keep your cholesterol at a healthy level. These foods can help you do so.
We list all the foods you can eat to make your heart healthier below.
A moderate intake of coffee (i.e. 1 to 2 cups per day) significantly improves blood circulation; studies show that after drinking a cup of coffee, blood flow increased by 30 percent. And better circulation prevents heart failure, among others.
A moderate intake of dark chocolate protects your heart and blood vessels. Cocoa keeps your blood pressure and cholesterol under control and stimulates blood circulation, which in turn has good effects on your heart.
Salmon contains omega-3 fats that your body does not naturally contain but are very important for you. Eating oily fish twice a week dilutes the blood and creates better circulation. As a result, you are less likely to suffer from heart failure.
However, there are other foods you can eat to prevent heart problems. Take a quick look further on the next page.