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A handful of almonds works wonders for a healthy heart. But did you know pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds can keep your heart healthy if eaten regularly? Here is the list of few commonly available seeds that are good for the heart. With inputs from Dr Nilesh Gautam, HOD, Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation, Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai.
Flaxseeds (alsi): Eat 1-2 teaspoons of flaxseeds every day to keep the heart healthy. This is because flaxseeds are loaded with antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, which not only improve blood pressure and regulate stress but also lower cholesterol in the body.
Pumpkin seeds: Snack on pumpkin seeds during evening time as these are rich in magnesium, potassium and low in cholesterol, which makes it a healthy snack for the heart. Pumpkin seeds also regulate the heart rate and blood supply to the heart.
Sesame seeds (til): You can use til oil or make til laddoo or sprinkle few seeds on your salad to keep your heart healthy. Sesame seeds are rich in oleic acid, which increases HDL and lowers LDL cholesterol and thus, keeps your lipid levels in control.
Fenugreek seeds (methi): To lower your blood cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, make sure you include fenugreek seeds in your diet. Fenugreek seeds are low in LDL cholesterol and high in fibre and antioxidants, which are good for the heart.
Chia seeds (sabja): Adding few seeds to a glass of water and drinking during summer, not only prevents dehydration but also maintains a healthy heart. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids --monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) as well as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA).