Red beets are a phenomenal source of betalain pigments, phytonutrients
with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer properties. They’re also rich in heart-supporting folate.
This ruby crucifer is loaded with anthocyanins as well as vitamin C, which a recent study suggests may help people with heart failure live longer. Cabbage also helps lower cholesterol levels.
Their bright color comes from anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that get credit for cherries’ unique health properties, from anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular benefits to reduced post-exercise muscle and joint pain.
Lovely lycopene, a well-studied phytonutrient, gives tomatoes their red hue. Research shows that women with the highest intake of tomato-based foods enjoy greater protection against heart disease. Tomatoes also provide potassium and vitamin C.
Get caught red-handed with these heart-healthy eats, recommended by Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD.