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(by Dr. Paul Tucker, II)

Dr. Paul A. Tucker, II, is an interventional cardiologist with Texas Heart and Vascular who frequently holds community seminars to educate people in Austin about ways to stay healthy.

In honor of American Heart Month, St. David’s HealthCare is sharing information from Dr. Tucker on Super Foods*. Enjoy!

Super Foods contain antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that can lower your cholesterol; reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer; and even put you in a better mood.

Examples of Super Foods include:

  • Vegetables: broccoli, avocado, spinach, tomatoes, pumpkin and artichoke
  • Fruits: berries (particularly blueberry, acai berry, cranberry and blackberry)
  • Proteins: nuts (particularly walnuts, pecans and hazelnut), yogurt, cheese, beans, soy products and salmon
  • Calcium-rich foods: sardines, oysters, spinach and soy products
  • Grains: whole grains, wild rice, brown rice, whole wheat, oatmeal, popcorn and quinoa
  • Spices: cloves, cinnamon and oregano
  • Miscellaneous: Resveratrol (skin of red grapes, red wine) and dark chocolate

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