What foods should I eat if I have heart disease?
Those with heart disease need to improve the ability of their arteries to relax for better blood flow; green leafy veggies and whole foods have the most fiber and nutrients. Watch nutrition specialist Michael Greger, MD, discuss heart-healthy foods.
Dark, green, leafy vegetables. So we all need to eat greens every day, particularly those with heart disease. [MUSIC PLAYING]
Those that have heart disease, it's critical that they improve the elasticity,
the ability of their arteries to relax and to allow blood flow. We do that with this compound called
nitric oxide, which our body makes from dark, green, leafy vegetables. So we all need to eat greens every day, particularly those with heart disease.
Also, fiber is very important. So fiber is only found in one place naturally, and that's whole plant foods. So I'm not talking about processed foods,
like white bread, white rice, white pasta, but whole foods, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds, mushrooms, herbs and spices all have fiber.
And what fiber does is it helps pull cholesterol out of our system, can actually pull cholesterol literally from our arteries, where we don't want it,
where it's clogging up and increasing our risk of a second heart attack. So fiber containing foods, dark green, leafy vegetables
improve the functioning of our arteries. [MUSIC PLAYING]
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