Top 5 Heart Healthy Fruits & Nuts by UnityPoint Health - Fort Dodge - October 22, 2012 We've all heard about changing your lifestyle to help your health. That's easier said than done. Knowing the top 5 heart healthy fruits and nuts, here are some simple and helpful tips to help you make easier heart healthy changes and choices when it come to meals. Top 5 Heart Healthy Fruits & Nuts Apples: With a high antioxidents, apples contain quercetin that help combat oxidative stress which can lead to various cardiovascular diseases and problems. Pectin found in apples can also help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. Along with its anti-inflammatory power, apples help support a healthy vascular system. Almonds: With so many healthy nutrients, almonds do your body a lot of good, even beyond your heart. Almonds' fiber, vitamin E, potassium and magnesium play a powerful role in your body's heart health. These nutrients contribute to healthy blood pressure and potentially lowering levels of heart disease. Blueberries: Remember the "An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away" poem? Well today's spin would say "One Cup of Blueberries a Day Keeps the Doctor Away". Blueberries have shown results of improving cholesterol levels, lowering triglycerides and protecting against oxidative stress that could cause heart disease. Huge antioxidant levels in blueberries help provide protection in your body at a cellular level. Grapes: Antioxidants and anti-inflammatories properties in grapes help support cardiovascular health by promoting healthy blood pressure, reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, and pumping blood. Walnut: Like almonds, walnuts are rich with vitamin E, potassium and magnesium, but more than anything, walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s help prevent and, potentially, reverse atherosclerosis, the thickening and hardening of artery walls.