3 Heart-Healthy Foods to Eat as You Age

It’s so important to stay mindful of your heart health as you age. And the first step to protecting your heart is paying attention to what’s on your plate. So, in the name of health and longevity, here are three heart-healthy foods you should eat as you age.

1.   Fabulous Fruits and Veggies

We’ve all heard it a million times—eat your fruits and veggies! But really, there’s a reason why doctors and nutritionists are big fans. Fruits like oranges, berries, and apples are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that fight off cardiovascular diseases. And veggies like spinach, carrots, and broccoli are full of fibre and heart-protecting nutrients. The exciting part? There’s a whole heap of fruits and veggies out there, each with unique health benefits and flavours. Try incorporating a new fruit or vegetable into every meal. It’s a simple way to boost your heart health and add some colour and variety to your diet, making your taste buds and your heart happy!

2.   Fantastic Fish

Fish, especially fatty types like salmon, mackerel, and sardines, are overflowing with omega-3 fatty acids, which help to reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure. In fact, studies show that a serving or two of fish per week might decrease your risk of heart disease in your later years! Not a fan of fish? Consider a fish oil supplement to get your dose of omega-3s.

3.   Get Some Grains

You might have heard that refined grains (like white bread) aren’t ideal for your heart. But did you know that whole grains are actually beneficial for heart health? That’s right—wholegrain foods like brown rice, quinoa, and oatmeal are high in dietary fibre, which helps ward off heart disease and keep your bad cholesterol levels in check. So, swap the white bread for some wholegrain bread next time you make a sandwich, and your heart will thank you!

Bonus:  Go Nuts for Nuts

Nuts are packed with good fats, including omega-3 fatty acids, which (as we’ve established) are great for your heart. Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts—take your pick! Just a small handful a day can help lower bad cholesterol levels and prevent heart disease. Plus, they’re super easy to carry around, making them the perfect on-the-go snack.

Note: Always consult your GP before making any changes to your diet or trying new foods.

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