Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Feed yourself, feed your heart: 5 important nutrients

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We talk a lot about nutrition here at The Cardio Blog, and that's because health experts link a healthy diet to a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease. And while we all know that a low-fat, high-fiber diet is important to good heart health, there are other vitamins and minerals that are important in keeping your ticker ticking. They include:
  • magnesium
  • folic acid and other B vitamins
  • niacin
  • potassium
  • calcium
While eating a balanced diet full of whole grains, lean proteins, nuts, and plenty of veggies and fruit will give you the daily recommended allowance of most of those nutrients, magnesium is often little harder to get. Found mostly in whole grains and dark, leafy vegetables, some magnesium is lost when foods are cooked. Raw pumpkin seeds, spinach, and black beans are all good sources of magnesium. Talk to your doctor before taking any kind of supplement, since they can interfere with medications or cause trouble in people with certain conditions.

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