Registered dietitian Samantha Heller shared some heart-healthy food pairings with "Early Show" co-anchor Chris Wragge.
With Valentine's Day on the way, which heart healthy foods can keep you ticker in tip-top shape?
GREEN TEA & LEMON
Green tea - catechins are antioxidants, anti inflammatory, lower cholesterol
Lemon - vitamin C great for arteries
Oatmeal - soluble fiber lowers cholesterol
Walnuts - omega 3 fats lower trigycerides, reduce inflammation
Apples - more cholesterol lowering fiber, quercetin, antioxidant
APRICOTS & ALMONDS
Apricots- potassium helps lower blood pressure, beta carotene - reduces LDL odixarion
Almonds- vitamin E, magnesium helps muscle and nerve function, promotes healthy blood pressure
Edamame hummus - soy healthy fats, high protein, reduces inflammation, good cholesterol
Whole grains - high in fiber, B vitamins play key role in metabolism
Studies find a strong association with consumption of whole grains and a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.
OLIVE OIL & TOMATOES
Olive oil - lowers LDL cholesterol, anti inflammatory, improves endothelial (artery wall) function, antioxidant
Tomatoes - lycopene antioxidant, vitamins A and C powerful antioxidant combo
Chocolate- polyphenols reduces blood pressure, improves insulin sensitivity in healthy people
Strawberries- fiber, vitamin C, antioxidants readily available for body to decrease inflammation, protect and repair cells.
Red Wine- decreases inflammation and the risk of clots, may raise HDL (the good) cholesterol slightly.