Staying healthy means doing a few things: first, it means staying active and getting some physical exercise every day. Second, it means eating well, and specifically consuming foods that help rather than hurt the functioning of our vital organs, starting with the heart.
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The good news is that there are many, many readily available foods that can help your heart do its job better and for longer. That’s hugely important for our health, as the heart is the engine that drives the rest of our bodies; without a healthy heart, other major organs — from the brain to the lungs and liver — can suffer. So, what foods should you be eating to keep your heart happy and healthy?
1. Fish Containing Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Several types of fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to benefit several major organs, including both the brain and heart. In the latter case, omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent blood clots, keeping the blood flowing and limiting health episodes affecting the heart. Omega-3 fatty acids also have the capability to reduce our triglycerides, a fat category that’s been linked to the onset of heart disease.
If you’re wondering what types of fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, look to salmon, sardines, mackerel, and tuna. Experts recommend consuming a couple servings of these fish types each week, with a serving size amounting to roughly 3.5 ounces — about the size of a deck of cards.