The Muscular System is a series of muscles all over the body. The muscles at times in unexpected places carry out tasks from opening valves in the vein for blood transport; to dilating the esophagus for easy swallowing. There are three types of muscle. Smooth muscles which line blood vessels and the stomach (to name a few). There is the skeletal muscle which allows motion. Finally there is the Cardiac muscle. This muscle causes the heart to contract and expand properly.

Skeletal Muscle

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Foods to benefit Skeletal Muscles:

  • Proteins: Foods such as milk products, meat, poultry, egg and seafood all contain amino acids essential for bodily nutrition. Proteins like milk help strengthen bones and muscles with essential nutrients like Calcium, vitamin D, phosphorous and potassium.

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  • Carbohydrates: Whole grain, milk products, fruits and vegetables also contribute to a healthy skeletal system. They cause insulin levels in the blood to rise as carbohydrates are digested into glucose. This causes nutrients (ATP) to be carried to muscles around the body. These nutrients give the muscles the ability to function quickly and properly.

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  • Fats: Unsaturated fats for example omega-3 in fish oils, olive oil, peanut oil and soy oil (to name a few) keep cells nourished. Healthy fats prevent or reduce inflammation and function as a reserve fuel source when carbohydrates are depleted.

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Cardiac Muscle 

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Foods that benefit Cardiac Muscles:

  • Grapes: Infused with tons of antioxidants. Grapes form nitric oxide in the body to rehabilitate heart health.

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  • Tomatoes: Have 4 chambers like the heart. Tomatoes drastically reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cholesterol and eliminate free radicals that cause aging and cancers.

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  • Salmon: Have omega-3 fatty acids to lower arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) and prevent plaque accumulation in arteries. American Heart Association advises eating fish 2 times a week.

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  • Dark chocolate: Chocolate with 60-70% cocoa has been proven to reduce non-fatal heart attacks and stroke. Dark chocolate components include flavoniods called polyphenols. Polyphenols reduce blood pressure, clotting and inflammation. Avoid milk chocolate and candy for they have no benefit to the heart.

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Honorable mentions: 

Citrus fruit, Blueberries, Oatmeal, Soy, Potatoes, Legumes, Avocado..

For more visit: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20720182,00.html#heart-healthy-foods  

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