There's now a dietary prescription for heart health

Mar 7 2017 - 5:50am
Heart health

Physicians have analyzed food trends and have published a dietary prescription for achieving optimal heart health.

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women reports the CDC. Aggressive preventative measures are suggested to deal with this serious illness.

Physicians’ recommendations for frequent food consumption now list blueberries, green leafy vegetables, and plant proteins at the top of the list

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has analyzed food trends and published a dietary prescription to help in the search for optimal health of the heart. The physicians’ recommendations for frequent food consumption now list blueberries, green leafy vegetables, and plant proteins at the top of the list. Palm oil, coconut oil, and antioxidant supplements have fallen to the bottom of the list of suggested foods.

Nutrition researcher Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., who is the president and founder of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and his associates reviewed the most recent research dealing with popular food trends to create an evidence-based prescription which provides clinicians with a quick guide to share with patients in a clinical setting. This group of researchers says green leafy vegetables, berries, particularly blueberries and strawberries, and plant proteins such as beans and lentils, are the best foods for support of good cardiovascular function.

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Consuming these foods regularly can help decrease blood pressure, stabilize blood sugar and break apart arterial plaque

Consuming these foods regularly can help decrease blood pressure, stabilize blood sugar and break apart arterial plaque, which forms the basis for the formation of atherosclerosis. It is suggested to eat these foods whole, instead of blended or grounded into supplements.

Although nuts, canola oil, olive oil, and sunflower oil offer good sources of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, they should nevertheless be consumed in moderation because of their high calorie content. Coconut oil and palm oil are on the list of foods to avoid. Cholesterol in the diet should be kept low. And it has been advised to avoid a Southern dietary pattern which is rich in added fats, eggs, fried foods, organ and processed meats, and sugar-sweetened beverages.

The future health of people worldwide depends on making a shift to dietary patterns which are healthier

The Journal of the American College of Cardiology reports that the future health of people worldwide depends on making a shift to dietary patterns which are healthier. Aside from improving diet it is important to lead a healthy lifestyle for heart health. Adequate sleep and regular exercise are important. Stress management is also important and can be achieved with meditation or by listening to music.

Following a good dietary prescription for heart health along with a heart healthy lifestyle has the potential to help you prevent suffering from heart disease. This course of action nurtures a good quality of life which can lead to more happiness and productivity in everything you do.

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