Healing Kitchen

Congestive Heart Failure
To protect against congestive heart failure (CHF) and to heal a damaged heart, consume a diet rich in magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, and vitamins C and E. Research suggests that these vital nutrients may prevent cardiovascular damage as well as improve the heart’s ability to pump blood.

To minimize fatigue associated with CHF, eat small portions of food throughout the day; large meals require a lot of energy to digest. Stay away from salt because it can lead to fluid retention and swelling, which both contribute to CHF.


What You Should Eat & Why

The mineral magnesium can help lower blood pressure and inhibit dangerous arrhythmias, two common complications in people with congestive heart failure.
Leading Food Sources of magnesium: Spinach, Avocados, Almonds, Quinoa, Barley, Amaranth, Buckwheat, Brazil nuts, Oysters, Chocolate, Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds

omega-3 fatty acids
These heart-healthy fats have been shown to protect against heart disease and to reduce the heart’s susceptibility to arrhythmia.
Leading Food Sources of omega-3 fatty acids: Salmon, Tuna, Trout

Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the entire cardiovascular system and research suggests that a deficiency of this mineral is associated with congestive heart failure.
Leading Food Sources of potassium: Beets, Broccoli, Avocados, Figs, Bok choy, Water chestnuts, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Quinoa, Apricots, Cantaloupe, Bananas, Brussels sprouts, Pomegranates, Chocolate, Beans, dried, Clams, Yogurt, Oranges

vitamin C
Vitamin C scavenges harmful free radicals that can cause damage to the heart and other organs on the cellular level.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin C: Cabbage, red, Potatoes, Kiwi fruit, Strawberries, Oranges, Peppers, bell, red, Tangerines & other mandarins

vitamin E
Like vitamin C, this antioxidant vitamin is capable of disarming free radicals that contribute to the onset of disease, including congestive heart failure.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin E: Broccoli, Almonds, Peanuts, Sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, Mangoes, Avocados

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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