Although superfoods have been around for a long time, it’s only recently that researchers have documented their benefits for those with high cholesterol or heart disease. Elisabetta Politi, RD, CDE, nutrition director at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center in Durham, North Carolina, says, “Nutrition is an evolving science, and it’s really good to keep our minds open.”
Certain superfoods are great for keeping your heart healthy while others are not. Some can help lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and slow the formation of plaque — to prevent heart disease. But some, taken in large doses, can actually aggravate a heart condition or interact with heart medication.
Find out which superfoods are good for your heart and which to view with caution.