Raspberries and red beans are rich in potassium which lowers the blood pressure, and thus the risk of heart diseases. The tomatoes and red grapes keep the health of the heart throughout the whole year.
Lycopene, an ingredient that gives tomatoes their red color, reduces the risk of heart diseases by half, it was found by a study at the US Harvard University. The fresh tomatoes are an excellent choice, but much better is the cooked version and sauces because the body absorbs the lycopene from them more easily than from the fresh ingredients. Also, about 25 mg of lycopene a day can lower “the bad” cholesterol by 10 percent.
The beetroot and beetroot juice contain nitrates which relax the blood vessels and lower the blood pressure. This reduces the risk of heart diseases and a heart attack. In addition, they are rich in the pigments betalains and betaine which lower the levels of homocysteine, a substance that increases the risk of a heart attack.
This fruit has a beneficial effect on the heart health. A study conducted on 94,000 women confirmed that women who ate raspberries three times a week had a 30 percent lower risk of a heart attack. The raspberries are rich in potassium, which lowers the blood pressure and thus reduces the risk of heart diseases.
Much like the raspberries, the red bean is rich in potassium which lowers the blood pressure and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Numerous studies have confirmed that a diet rich in beans greatly reduces the risk of heart diseases.
The red grapes are rich in antioxidants flavonoid and resveratrol which keep the blood vessels, lower the blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Studies have confirmed that women who regularly ate red grapes had reduced markers of inflammation, which is associated to the heart diseases and higher levels of bad cholesterol.