5 More Heart Healthy Foods (Slideshow)

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5 foods that promote heart health

Apples

In the Iowa Women’s Health Study, it was found that apples were associated with a lower risk of death from coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease. This is due to the antioxidant compounds in apples that help prevent "bad" LDL cholesterol from building up as plaque in your arteries. Apples also contain pectin, a form of soluble fiber known to help lower cholesterol, and provide high amounts of another antioxidant, vitamin C. 

Pomegranate

Due to their high levels of polyphenols and tannins, pomegranates may be able to help reduce the buildup of plaque in arteries and lower blood pressure. Pomegranates also contain the power of healthy antioxidants. 

Raisins

Studies have shown that raisins can actually fight off bacteria that can lead to inflammation and gum disease (which left unnoticed is a risk for heart disease), due to the antioxidants that they possess.

Whole Grains

Whole grains contain all sorts of good things, like antioxidants, phytoestrogens, and phytosterols, which are protective against coronary disease. And, the fiber found in whole grains also has its plusses, too, including contributing to a lowered risk of heart disease. 

Yogurt

Jane Bruce

You may just think of yogurt as a breakfast food or snack, but because of the probiotics found in yogurt, it’s way more than that. Research shows that eating yogurt could protect against gum disease, which left undiscovered can lead to heart disease. The study, published in the Journal of Periodontology, credits probiotics, better known as "good bacteria," as one reason for gum health, as experts believe that probiotics counter the growth of "unfriendly" mouth bacteria.