There is better nutrition for heart health but if you watch the news, read nutrition newsletters or scroll #hearthealth you are not likely to find what is better for your heart. Heartbreaking, right?! The Better Nutrition Heart Health Evaluation is the first and only tool to help you assess your current nutrition to see if it gives you enough heart healthy foods.
“The answer to what your heart needs is more about the ‘your’ than the ‘heart’ and that’s why so many heart health nutrition recommendations aren’t better,” Ashley Koff RD, CEO, The Better Nutrition Program
Just Google “heart healthy foods” and you get a list of foods that are good for your heart. While they are, if they are better quality and in better amounts, what your heart needs depends on your genetics, health history and current health. Your heart health depends on your total nutrition being heart healthy. Today, there are many different ways to get in these nutrients so that’s why the better heart health nutrition evaluation asks you about foods, drinks, supplements and even medications.
~50% of heart attacks happen in adults with healthy cholesterol levels! Don’t rely on your annual cholesterol test to tell you if your heart is healthy.
What’s not better? Stressing about heart health! Better heart health nutrition better be doable otherwise it adds stress which we know isn’t better for your heart! Especially if your body doesn’t have enough magnesium in your cells to turn off that stress. ~70% of adults aren’t getting in the baseline recommendation for daily magnesium. That means their bodies have to choose between heart pumping, building healthy bones, relaxing muscles or turning off stress! One of the better first steps for heart health is to assess your current total magnesium intake.
Getting in heart healthy foods better be delicious or we won’t choose them more often. Check out the Better Heart Healthy Nutrition Menu for deliciously easy ways to enjoy heart healthy foods more often. They feature some of the top vitamins, minerals and healthy fats for better heart health nutrition including:
Leafy greens: Spinach, kale and collard greens are all rich in Vitamin K, which can help improve the function of your arteries and reduce blood pressure. Enjoy them with avocado for some heart healthy potassium. Getting enough potassium daily is essential but hard if you don’t plan for it; but it can be deliciously easy.
Berries: These tasty fruits are all great sources of antioxidants which may reduce multiple risk factors for developing heart disease.
Salmon: Try wild salmon for a heart healthy dose of omega-3s. You can also try other fatty fish such as mackerel, sardines or a high quality fish oil.
Dark chocolate: Dessert can be hearty healthy too! Dark chocolate contains antioxidants known as flavonoids, which lower your risk of developing harmful calcified plaque in the arteries.
While heart healthy foods are the better first step, you can and should consider supplements to support your heart health nutrition. Sign up for The Better Nutrition Supplement Store to see our recommendations that match the Better Heart Health Nutrition Evaluation.
Heart healthy foods are essential for heart health, but there are genetic factors too. Check out the Better Lp(a) guide for information on this important marker of heart health… it could save your life.