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What In the Heart Health Do I Eat ? Top 10 Foods for Atrial Fibrillation

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Eat your way to a healthy heart!  Our bodies need specific nutrients to support the heart and treat or prevent Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) and other cardiovascular diseases.

The following foods target inflammation, keep blood pressure under control, reduce oxidative stress and assist with detoxification. The powerhouse nutrients contained in these foods increase antioxidant status, increase energy, strengthen heart cells and increase nitric oxide.

Top 10 Foods for AFib:

  1. Fatty Fish1. Fatty Fish – Include fatty fish such as wild caught salmon, sardines and anchovies in your menu 3-5 times a week. DHA and EPA, the fats found in these fish stabilize heart cells, prevent arrhythmias, reduce cellular inflammation, lower your overall risk of AFib and support cardiovascular health. Flax seeds are also a great source of omega 3’s.  For our favorite food sources see Vital Choice in our “Natural Heart Doctor’s Heart Healthy Resource Guide”.
  2. Nuts2. Nuts – Raw nuts such as walnuts, pistachios and almonds are a healthy choice for  heart related benefits including reducing the risk of AFib. Almonds have been shown to lower “bad” cholesterol. Pistachios lower blood pressure and decrease total cholesterol. Last but certainly not least, walnuts help to keep arteries clear. They are high in ALA (alpha-linoleic acid) which is anti-inflammatory and shown to help reduce plaque build up. They also lower “bad” cholesterol and reduce levels of ApoB, a genetic risk factor for coronary artery disease.
  3. Broccoli3. Broccoli – Broccoli contains fiber, fatty acids and vitamins which support heart health. Keeping cholesterol levels in check is very important for people who struggle with AFib. This veggie reduces “bad” cholesterol and protects your blood vessels from damage.
  4. Olive Oil4. Olive Oil – Enjoy your organic, cold pressed olive oil. It is heart healthy! A recent study  showed that it potentially lowered the incidence of AFib. You can’t go wrong;olive oil is fantastic for overall health, extremely high in powerful antioxidants and polyphenols and associated with reduced stroke risk.
  5. Berries5. Berries – Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries are teeming with phytonutrients and antioxidants. Dietary antioxidants assist with reducing toxic load, lowering oxidative stress, decreasing cellular inflammation and boosting heart muscle cell functioning. They contain crucial nutrients to prevent and heal cardiovascular conditions.
  6. Pastured Eggs6. Pastured Eggs – Eggs are an abundant source of choline. Choline deficiency has been linked to mitochondrial dysfunction and increased AFib risk. Pastured eggs also contain other vitamins such as CoQ10 and B vitamins which help to increase heart muscle cell function.
  7. Grass Fed Beef7. Grass Fed Beef/Liver – Specific nutrients create cellular energy and increase ATP production in heart muscle cells. This ATP is crucial to sustain the mechanical work of the heart. As the energy in heart cells increases, so does cardiac function. Grass fed meat contains nutrients that support this process such as carnitine, CoQ10, D-ribose and taurine. The sum of these parts lowers the risk of AFib. The organ meat of grass fed cows is a super food containing similar nutrients to the meat but particularly high in B vitamins, CoQ10 (an antioxidant that increases energy uptake in heart cells and helps strengthen them), and Vitamin A. Eat heart to support your heart! Click here to see, Crowd Cow, where I buy the highest quality meats.
  8. Beets8. Beets – Beets are an important source of dietary nitrates that the body converts to nitric oxide (NO). Nitric oxide is a vasodilator and allows the blood to flow smoothly through the arteries. NO reduces the severity and incidence of ventricular arrhythmias.  Beets also have high levels of magnesium which is a key mineral for regulation of heart rhythm. If you are not a fan of beets consider Heart Beet. This is an easy tasty addition to any smoothie!
  9. Leafy Greens9. Leafy Greens – Just as beets, leafy greens are also high in dietary nitrates and magnesium. Nitric oxide restores the endothelial lining by increasing blood flow and relaxing the blood vessels.
  10. Bone Broth10. Bone Broth/Collagen – Bone broth is rich in collagen, which strengthens the heart. It also contains amino acids like glutamine and glycine, which heal and strengthen the heart’s muscle cells, stabilize the heart cell membrane and increase cellular function. Bone broth is also very healing for the gut and intestinal permability, or leaky gut, can often be a root cause of AFib.

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