Many red fruits and veggies are loaded with powerful, healthy
antioxidants — such as lycopene and anthocyanins — that may do
everything from fight heart disease and prostate cancer to decrease the
risk for stroke and macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness
in people aged 60 and older).
Antioxidants soak up damaging free
7 Red Foods For Healthy And Strong Heart
Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene. Lycopene is a red pigment that has
antioxidant properties and may in fact, be powerful anti-carcinogenic,
as well as a good source of nutrition for eye and prostate health.
Ironically, heating tomatoes, (tomato sauce, ketchup, and canned
tomatoes) actually increases the levels of lycopene. The tomato is
botanically part of the fruit family, Solanacea, but U.S. government
agencies have quickly given it vegetable status, thus continuing the
seesaw definition of fruit/vegetable that has confused many of us.
Tart cherries’ bright red color comes from anthocyanins, powerful
antioxidants researchers have attributed to the fruit’s unique health
properties, from anti-inflammatory and heart-health benefits, to reduced
post-exercise muscle and joint pain.
Red Kidney Beans
Deep-red kidney beans are an antioxidant-packed superfood for your
heart. A half-cup serving of the legumes provides seven grams of
protein, 5.5 grams of fiber, no saturated fat or cholesterol, and just
100 calories. They’re also rich in blood pressure-lowering potassium,
and studies consistently show that diets rich in beans can help slash
your risk for developing heart disease.
Red Bell Peppers
These are a particularly good choice for heart health as they are full
of lycopene, which is not found in green peppers. They are also a source
of cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber and powerful antioxidant vitamins
A and C, which are good for heart health.
Strawberries are another excellent source of vitamin C and manganese.
Manganese is important in a variety of metabolic functions in the body-
including: protection from free radicals, keeping bones strong,
promoting optimal thyroid function, regulating blood sugar. This
heart-shaped fruit is also high in fiber, iodine, potassium, folate,
vitamin K, and magnesium .
Rich in antioxidants and fiber, red grapes are very heart-healthy. Red
grapes have been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and
reduce heart muscle damage related to a high-salt diet. They have also
been shown to reduce blood triglyceride levels, LDL cholesterol levels,
and improve blood vessel function. This heart health research on red
grapes is impressive, so eat up!
Watermelon is a great source of lycopene, lycopene may decrease the risk
of heart disease by decreasing LDL cholesterol. And it decreases the
risk for certain cancers, primarily prostate, as well as the risk of
muscular degeneration, It also improves blood vessel function and lowers