Best Beverages for Heart Health
Protect your heart, as the kids say.
Clearly, you haven't been doing the best job at that, because you're searching for the best beverages for heart health. We're not judging, because we could also be taking better care of our ticker.
That's when we went down a rabbit hole trying to figure out ways to improve our heart health.
One of the easiest ways we found was drinking some very particular beverages. We're not talking celery juice or charcoal lemonade, because those are simply fads. What we're here to discuss are the drinks that'll make a drastic improvement to your heart health for the better.
Keep scrolling to find out which beverages you need to stock up on during your next grocery store visit!
1. Red Wine
There has been a lot of talk about red wine and heart health. Is it good for your heart, or is it just something people say as an excuse to drink more of it? We always assumed it was the latter, but turns out assuming really does make an ass out of you and me, because we were wrong.
In more recent studies, a moderate intake of red wine has been linked with a decrease in heart disease. The Mayo Clinic has even reported that the antioxidants in the alcohol help prevent coronary artery disease. Another ingredient in red wine, resveratrol, helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and prevents blood clots.
That all being said, we don't recommend chugging a bottle of red wine every night to keep your heart healthy. That won't do anything for you. Stick to one glass a night and you'll be good to go.
We went from red wine to water, the opposite of how Jesus did it. We're not God though, so what did you expect?
Anyway, ice cold water does wonders for not only your heart, but your entire body. It's a beverage many of us ofter overlook, because it's boring and bland. We need something sugary or sweet. That, however, will only worsen our heart health.
If you don't drink enough water, your body becomes dehydrated. We know you graduated elementary school, but this is just a refresher. When that happens, there is less blood circulating in your body, which means your heart has to work harder to pump blood throughout your body.
Give your poor heart a break and drink some water. You don't need to drink the entire ocean, but a couple glasses a day will do just fine.
3. Pomegranate Juice
And we've moved on from the boring beverage that is water to one we can really get behind, pomegranate juice.
There has been speculation as to whether or not it actually did anything for heart health, but multiple studies have shown the benefits pomegranate juice has on one's heart health.
From fighting the hardening of the arteries to reducing blood vessel damage, a class of pomegranate juice a day keeps the doctor away. To be fair, it's not the be-all and end-all cure for your heart-related health problems, but it does have its benefits.
We know you're smart people, but we just want to remind you to always consult a doctor before you take these remedies into your own hands. We should've said it sooner, but we forget sometimes.
4. Grape Juice
As red wine is made with grapes, it makes sense that grape juice would also be healthy for your heart.
It offers some of the same health benefits as red wine, such as reducing the risk of blood clots, reducing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, preventing damage to blood vessels in your heart, and helping maintain a healthy blood pressure.
If you're not a fan of grape juice, you can just eat grapes. They offer the same health benefits, but also provide dietary fiber.
Chances are you drink enough coffee to keep an entire factory running. No? Just us? Well, you might want to reconsider.
A study conducted by the American Heart Association showed that moderate coffee consumption (which, get this, is drinking three to five cups per day) has been linked to a lower risk of stroke, heart failure, and cardiovascular disease (CVD).
If you happen to drink more than five cups per day, you'll be happy to hear that heavy coffee consumption was not associated with elevated CVD risk.
Again, you don't need to feel pressured to guzzle down an extra four cups of coffee if you only drink one per day. Do what's best for you and your body.
We should also note that adding a (excuse our French) shit ton of sugar and/or creamer to your coffee isn't going to give you the same benefits as regular ol' black coffee. As you can guess, too much sugar isn't good for you or your heart.
If you prefer black or green tea, you're in luck. Both of these types of teas have been known to drastically improve heart health.
One major benefit of the beverages includes lowering one's risk of heart attack and stroke. Not to mention, studies suggest they're good for your blood vessel health.
Keep your ticker in tip-top shape by sipping on some afternoon tea. Again, try to limit the amount of sugar and cream you put into it, too.
Something to Keep in Mind
We've said it before and we'll say it again—we are not doctors. We cannot and will not diagnose your heart-related health problems. So just because we recommend these beverages to improve your heart health, doesn't mean you should take our word for it.
Always, always, always be sure to reach out to your doctor to better assess your health issues and concerns. They know better than we do, as we didn't go to med school and instead opted to major in communications. This is what happens when you tell your kids they can be anything, they become journalists in the loosest form of the word.