Eat Your Way to a Healthier Heart

In a time when we’ve grown accustomed to being told what NOT to eat, some experts are taking a different approach. They’re telling us what we CAN eat to reduce inflammation that damages the human heart.

Typically, inflammation is a good thing: It proves that our bodies are working to fight illness or repair damage. But, if your arteries are clogged with cholesterol and plaque, your body works continually to try to repair damage. The result? Inflammation that goes on for too long and does more harm than good.

The good news is, you can work against that inflammation and reduce your risk of heart disease by eating the right things. The even better news? In this case, “the right things” are things you probably like. Here are a few examples.

Berries. Strawberries, blueberries and their kin are packed with antioxidants, which fight inflammation.

Fish. Salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring and anchovies send good health swimming through your veins.

Olive oil. Sure, olive oil is technically a fat, but it’s a healthy fat linked to a wide range of benefits.

Dark chocolate. It’s not often a health expert tells you to eat chocolate, but heart docs like dark chocolate because it’s also packed with antioxidants.

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