Skip to content

    Help protect your heart with these superfoods.

    The best diet for a healthy heart is one that is chock-full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and fiber. It should also be low in saturated fats (mostly from animal sources) and trans fats (those found in many processed baked goods).

    Besides eating a healthy diet, you can keep your risk factors to a minimum by getting plenty of rest, quitting smoking, keeping alcohol to a minimum, and getting some stress-reducing exercise each day.

    Here are my nominations for the top 10 heart-healthy foods:

    1. Berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries (red grapes count, too)

    2. Fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna (have it twice a week)

    3. Soy foods, such as soybeans, tofu, and soybean oil -- all are good sources of isoflavones

    4. Whole grains, such as breads, cereals, and oatmeal

    5. Nuts, such as almonds, pecans, and walnuts

    6. Olive oil

    7. Beans, such as pintos, garbanzos, lentils, kidney beans, and chickpeas

    8. Other fruits and vegetables, such as broccoli, spinach, and grapefruit

    9. Margarines, such as those fortified with stanols or sterols

    10. Teas, particularly green and black teas

    WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Expert Column

    Healthy Recipe Finder

    Browse our collection of healthy, delicious recipes, from WebMD and Eating Well magazine.

    Top searches: Chicken, Chocolate, Salad, Desserts, Soup

    Heart Rate Calculator

    Ensure you're exercising hard enough to get a good workout, but not strain your heart.

    While you are exercising, you should count between...