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    Fruit for a Healthy Heart

    As most people already know eating fruit is good for you. However, did you know that while the low fat content of all fruit is good for heartís health there are some fruit that specifically work to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and generally keep your heart healthy? Itís true and here are some of these fruits and what they contain that helps keep that old ticker ticking along.

    Apples for Healthy Heart
    Youíve heard the old saying that an ďapple a day keeps the doctor away.Ē while that may not be exactly true, eating apples can help to keep your heart strong and healthy. Apples contain vitamin C and flavonoids. Flavonoids do a couple of things to help your heart. First, they reduce the platelet adhesion in your arteries which means you are less likely to have arteries clog resulting in a heart attack. Second, they actually lower your cholesterol level. So the next time you want a sweet treat, push those cookies aside and reach for an apple instead.

    Bananas helps in Preventing Stroke, Heart Attack and Heart Failure
    Not only do bananas taste great but they also contain large amounts of both potassium and magnesium two minerals that help to lower blood pressure. While most people eat bananas simply because they taste good it is also good to know that they can help prevent stroke, heart attack and congestive heart failure by keeping your blood pressure within normal limits.

    Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries Best for Heart
    If bananas are not your favorite fruit donít worry, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries all too contain Potassium and Magnesium and can help keep your blood pressure within normal limits. So, if a serving of fresh ripe berries sounds good to you go ahead and indulge, your heart will thank you.

    Apricots And Kiwi rich in Vitamin E
    Among all the other great vitamins apricots and Kiwi contains is Vitamin E. Vitamin E is believed to reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Which means the vitamin E in these fruits helps to keep LDL cholesterol from being able to stick to your artery walls clogging your arteries and resulting in a stroke or heart attack.

    For the best protection for your heart it is advised that you eat at least three servings of these fruits daily in any combination you choose. The good news is that fruit are easy to incorporate into any meal breakfast, lunch or dinner. In addition, fresh fruit is always better than canned fruit or juice.

    Besides protecting your heart these fruit and many others contain vitamin C which is known for itís anti-oxidant power which helps to fight colds, cancer and generally strengthen the immune system. These fruit also are a good source of fiber which will help keep you regular and it has been shown that people on diets who eat a lot of fruit tend to take off weight more easily.

    Fruit just doesnít taste good it is also good for you. So, if you enjoy fruit, indulging your taste buds just may lead to a healthy heart and body.

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