8 Drinks That Will Give You a Healthy Heart Slideshow
October 25, 2013
Alcohol isn’t necessarily something that you should start drinking if you aren’t already a drinker, but there have been reports that a glass of red wine each night can help reduce your risk of heart disease.
The Mayo Clinic reported that pomegranate juice has antioxidants, more specifically polyphenols. These antioxidants are at a much higher level in pomegranates and they can provide heart-protecting benefits which can reduce your "bad" cholesterol levels. Products like Pom are the perfect quick alternative to sucking the juice out of hundreds of pomegranate seeds and are able to be resealed for drinking throughout the day.
When coffee is consumed in moderation there can be incredible benefits. Men’s Fitness reported that coffee drinkers had a lower risk of dying from respiratory disease, heart disease, and diabetes. Coffee is another drink that is incredibly high in antioxidants, so when consumed you are automatically doing your heart a solid — but just be wary of how many cups of coffee you end up drinking. If you have too much, you might not be reaping any benefits at all.
Soy milk is a great way to get your dose of soy in a beverage. The Mayo Clinic reported that soy protein has been linked to benefits that reduce the consumer’s risk of cardiovascular disease. Soy can also help to reduce the symptoms of menopause, assist in weight loss, and help with improving exercise performance.
Cranberry juice has been linked to many health benefits, but who knew it was also linked to heart health? Cranberry juice has high concentrations of flavonoids, which, like red wine, help to promote circulation and prevent cardiovascular disease.
Tomato juice tends to be high in sodium because it’s savory. But if you purchase a low-sodium tomato juice you will be doing your heart health a favor. New Health Guide informed us that "Tomatoes also help prevent and manage heart disease because of their niacin, potassium, folate, and vitamin B6 content. Tomatoes improve homocysteine levels, a chemical in the body that directly damages heart health."
Grapes are high in antioxidants and have been shown to help prevent damage to blood vessels as well as reduce the risk of blood clots. It’s probably best to eat whole grapes, but grape juice is just as delicious and is easier to drink on the go!
Another item on our list that is high in antioxidants, black tea has been linked to the prevention of heart attacks and can even help prevent headaches and tooth decay! The drink also contains anywhere from 2 to 4 percent caffeine, which means there are added benefits besides heart health — like alertness.