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February is Heart Month, and what better way is there to improve your heart health than with food?  There are so many foods which, when added to your diet, can help you improve your heart health each and every day.  introducing just a few of these superstars:

Flaxseed –A small but powerful and ready to fight for your heart health with a punch of omega 3 fatty acids (learn more about omega 3 from a recent article from Thefitbay.com).  Grind it up and add it to everything from pancakes to smoothies to yogurt for help in reducing inflammation.  It has also been shown in some studies to reduce triglycerides.  Flaxseed is also an especially good choice if you’re not a fan of seafood.

Pomegranate – Has been loved and immortalized for thousands of years, but it’s only relatively recently that the powerful nutrition and health benefits have been discussed.  Like other brightly colored fruits, it is high in antioxidants, and studies have shown thatit can also help improve blood flow to the heart.  Enjoy pomegranate on its own, topping salads or sprinkled over poultry.

Oatmeal – Is steadfast, solid and the breakfast you come back to again and again.  It’s a champ at warming you up on a cold day and helping to lower your cholesterol with a healthy dose of fiber.  It’s fiber can also help you lose weight by filling you up with whole grain goodness.  Pair oatmeal with other heart healthy foods like Flaxseed and Walnut for flavor and added nutrition.

Black Bean – Like it’s Legume friends and Oatmeal, is a champ at helping to lower cholesterol with its high amount of fiber.  Add it to salads and soups or make it the star of your next meal to help reduce your risk of heart attack.

Celebrate Heart Month this February by adding these heart healthy foods into your diet both at home and when dining out at restaurants.

Source:  HealthyDiningFinder, 2.5.2013

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