Oranges contain beta-cryptoxanthin, beta- and alpha-carotene, lutein (carotenoids) and flavones (flavonoids), potassium, folate and fiber, all of which are heart healthy nutrients.
Oranges are also an excellent source of vitamin C, a potent protector against strokes by improving blood flow to the heart. This sweet, juicy fruit helps control high blood pressure, improves the functionality of blood vessels and reduces artery inflammation.
You can get these benefits from either eating oranges as a fruit or drinking orange juice. You can enhance the natural sweetness with cinnamon and lime juice.
Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, magnesium, folate, fiber and mono- and poly unsaturated fats that promote healthy hearts.
Eating just a small handful of walnuts each day may lower your cholesterol and reduce inflammation in the arteries of the heart. They also reduce the risk of diabetes.
Try to eat unsalted walnuts as a healthy snack between meals to enjoy its health benefits. For variety, walnuts can be added as a flavorful crunch to salads, pastas, cookies, muffins, and pancakes.
Adding these “best of the best” heart-healthy foods to your diet plan will help keep your heart functioning properly for years to come.