Nutritionist Reveals: Four Foods That Are Great for Heart and Brain Health

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In the pursuit of optimal health, nutrition is key. It's important to cut back on certain foods for a healthier body, but it's crucial to add the right foods to your plate.

Some of the best options are those full of antioxidants. These powerful nutrients are important for protecting against oxidative stress, inflammation and age-related diseases. Nutritionist Catherine Gervasio for "Sheefinds" highlighted four such antioxidant-rich foods that support heart and brain health.

Spinach

"This green leafy vegetable is always on my list because it offers so many health benefits, including supporting heart health, brain health and preventing age-related diseases," Gervasio said.

Full of antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and flavonoids, spinach is an excellent fighter against inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. It also highlights its role in protecting the heart by improving blood vessel function and lowering LDL cholesterol levels, making it a versatile addition to any diet.

Red grapes

Red grapes are another powerful antioxidant. Full of resveratrol, flavonoids and vitamin C, red grapes fight inflammation, lower blood pressure and improve heart health by improving blood flow.

In addition, resveratrol's neuroprotective properties offer protection against age-related cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.

Broccoli

Gervasio touts broccoli's huge nutritional benefits, saying it's rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and phytochemicals like sulforaphane and quercetin.

"These antioxidants help reduce inflammation, improve blood vessel function, and reduce the risk of heart disease," she explained.

In addition, compounds found in broccoli support brain health by promoting the growth of new neurons and preserving cognitive function.

Avocado

The nutritionist also highlights the composition of the avocado as rich in antioxidants, citing its abundance of vitamin E, vitamin C and carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin.

"These antioxidants help reduce inflammation and LDL cholesterol levels and improve heart health," she said.

In addition, the monounsaturated fats found in avocados support brain health and improve memory.

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