The Royals: Purple to Blue
Although many fruits and vegetables fall under this category, berries are one of the most outstanding examples. In fact, they are considered essential for a heart-healthy diet.
From the most common blackberry, raspberry, cranberry, and strawberry to the less common acai, black currant, chokeberry, and mulberries, these purple, blue, or dark red jewels work in multiple ways to protect the heart, blood vessels, platelets, and lipoproteins circulating in the blood. The main phytochemicals in berries are called polyphenols and flavonoids (anthocyanins and ellagitannins).
Studies show their potential to ameliorate inflammation, decrease oxidative stress, and even decrease the activity of enzymes involved in carbohydrate digestion. This can help protect against metabolic problems that contribute to CVD.
Other anthocyanin-rich foods your heart can benefit from include eggplant, purple grapes, purple cabbage, and plums.