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B Good To Your Heart

Posted: March 2, 2022

“B” Good To Your Heart

There’s more to lowering your risk of heart disease than just watching the fat in your diet. There are many good-for-you foods that provide nutrients that may decrease your chance of having a heart attack. B vitamins — in particular vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid — have a role in maintaining a healthy heart.

B6, B12 and folic acid may help keep homocysteine levels low in your blood. If homocysteine levels are too high, blood can clot more easily, which increases the chance of a heart attack or stroke.

In general, B vitamins can be found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, especially dark leafy green vegetables, whole grains, dried peas and beans, lean meat, seafood and low-fat dairy.
Follow these general guidelines to include adequate B vitamins in your diet:

  • Think color! Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables each day. By eating a rainbow of colors from fruits and vegetables, you’ll be adding a variety of antioxidants and nutrients to boost your overall wellness.
  • Add those greens! For folic acid, eat dark leafy green vegetables at least three to four times each week. An easy way to get leafy greens is grabbing a bagged salad blend with baby spinach.
  • Don’t skip the grains! Choose whole grains which provide your body with the most nutritional boost. Your goal should be at least three servings of whole grains each day.
  • Go for beans! Find ways to eat more dried beans and peas. For convenience, use canned beans and rinse with water to decrease the sodium or select no-salt-added canned beans.
  • “Lean” on beef, pork, poultry, fish and low-fat dairy products for B12. The only food source of vitamin B12 is found in animal products.

Even with food, adding B vitamins such as the B complex + C or B12 into your daily rotation will help your overall health. Add our B complex + C to your cart or add it to your subscription bundle with an easy click.

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Need a recipe to add more B vitamins with your meals? Check out this delicious wrap to add to your lunchtime routine:

Spinach Mango Wrap
All you need:

  • 2 fresh mangos, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 bag (10 oz) spinach leaves
  • 6 oz cooked chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup light raspberry vinaigrette
  • 6 (8-inch each) whole-wheat flour tortillas

All you do:

  1. In a large bowl, combine mango slices, spinach, chicken, almonds and vinaigrette. Toss gently.
  2. Place mango mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll up tightly. Cut each in half diagonally to serve.
*The blog articles, recipes and recommendations found on this site are not intended as medical advice and should not replace consulting with your medical provider. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.