If you thought you’d never ask:
Then you need to change your mind.
These foods aren’t only delicious, they’re essential to keeping your ticker happy and in good shape.
Why are these foods good for your heart?
It all comes down to the most powerful antioxidant out there: Lycopene.
Part of the carotenoid family of pigments, which give fruits and vegetables their brilliant red, orange and yellow colour, this antioxidant is essential for your well-being. It eliminates dangerous free radicals that damage DNA and other fragile cell structures, explains the Harvard University’s website.
And that’s great news for your heart, says Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing.
So it’s no wonder that researchers in Italy are punting tomato juice (which is high in lycopene) as a way to reduce inflammation in the body by more than 30%. “Since inflammation is linked to hardening of the artery walls and other cardiovascular diseases, keeping inflammation down is a natural way to protect your heart,” writes Dr Wright.
Other research also suggests that lycopene also
All of which lowers your risk of a stroke.
So there you have it: Just one more reason to sip a Bloody Mary in the afternoon or indulge in some yummy watermelon around the pool this Spring.