Whether you are planning to lose weight or trying to get fit, your diet plan is pretty much incomplete without fruits. They are a powerhouse of nutrition, packed with all essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, dietary fibre, etc, that aid the proper functioning of the human body.
Also, studies point out that the regular consumption of fruits can help cure several lifestyle diseases in human beings.
Hypertension or high blood pressure can lead to serious cardiovascular issues, which has become common these days. Thus, it is important to be cautious and conscious about what you include in your diet. To eat right, one must include lots of fruits that are nutritious and help maintain good heart health.
So here is a list of five nutritious fruits that you must include in your diet for a healthy heart:
Commonly found in most of our daily diets, the fruit is known for its high nutrient content and a long list of health benefits. Bananas are rich in fiber, potassium, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C, along with several other essential nutrients.
The fruit has high potassium content that helps lower blood pressure, as well as low sodium levels, which promote heart health.
Orange, the king of citrus fruits, is rich in Vitamin C, which is essential for the immune system, collagen synthesis, and more. They have less protein, fat, and carbs, and are a good source of folate, a vitamin that helps metabolism.
They also have decent amounts of nutrients like potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure. The antioxidants present in the fruit, along with its anti-inflammatory properties, aid in reducing bad cholesterol.
Mangoes, known as the king of fruits, are not just delicious, but also boast a long list of nutrients that aid good health.
They are rich in fibre content, Vitamin C, and are a good source of minerals like copper and folate. Besides, mangoes also contain minerals like potassium and magnesium, which help relax the blood vessels, promoting smooth flow of blood and thereby lowering blood pressure.
Everyone’s favourite summer fruit, watermelons are not all about their juiciness and refreshing water content. They are also packed with numerous nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and several antioxidants.
They are also a rich source of citrulline, a non-functional amino acid that helps produce nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels and reduces blood pressure. They are also rich in lycopene, a carotenoid that protects against cardiovascular diseases.
Berries, be it blue or black, are noted for their taste as well as for health benefits. They are packed with phytonutrients and vitamins with excellent antioxidant properties.
They are also a good source of anthocyanin, a natural colourant responsible for bright colours in berries, and a flavonoid with antioxidant properties. According to studies, flavonoids have a good effect on blood pressure levels and promote heart health.
Edited by Divya Sethu
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