While all the organs of your body are important and require you to take care of them, caring for your heart should top the list. Why? Because your heart works relentlessly to transport oxygen and nutrients to all other parts of your body so they can function as intended! And taking care of your heart is pretty simple; you just need to exercise regularly and eat healthy!
Often, people prefer junk food over healthy options because the latter is expensive. However, eating healthy doesn’t always have to be costly.
If you live on a budget, here are some cheap heart healthy vegetables that you can include in your everyday meals. A couple of them aren’t cheap- but you can most definitely feast on them a couple of times a month without busting your budget!
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Though this savory, succulent vegetable makes pee smell bad, it has several health benefits for the whole body.
- The presence of homocysteine – an amino acid – in large amounts in the body has been linked to heart disease. Asparagus contains a high concentration of vitamin B complex that helps regulate the amount of homocysteine in the body.
- Asparagus contains the amino acid asparagine which helps the body flush out excess salts.
- One cup of asparagus has over a gram of soluble fiber. Fiber-rich foods help lower the risk of heart disease by eliminating LDL or bad cholesterol from arteries and blood vessels.
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Popeye didn’t eat spinach for nothing! Apart from preventing cancer, managing diabetes, promoting bone health, and keeping hair and skin healthy, this green leafy vegetable also protects your heart.
- Spinach is rich in potassium and magnesium, and can help lower blood pressure by negating the effects of excess sodium in the body.
- Antioxidants vitamin C and beta-carotene prevent the buildup of oxidized cholesterol inside blood vessels.
- Folate, vitamin B6, and betaine found in spinach regulate homocysteine levels in the body.