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Arrhythmia
A healthy heart rhythm and a strong heartbeat depend on adequate intakes of the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Regular consumption of omega-3 fatty acids in oily fish have been shown to substantially reduce the risk of having a fatal arrhythmia. Consider taking fish oil supplements if you do not have access to fish in your diet

Consuming small, frequent meals meals may also help to protect against arrhythmias by minimizing stomach distention and reducing strain on the heart.



What You Should Eat & Why

calcium
Calcium helps to maintain normal heart rhythm by stimulating the heart muscle to contract and relax.
Leading Food Sources of calcium: Broccoli, Bok choy, Amaranth, Milk, Soybeans, Tofu, Cheese, fresh, Beans, dried, Kale, Salmon, Yogurt

magnesium
Studies suggest that an inadequate intake of magnesium may raise the risk of an irregular heartbeat. Magnesium works with calcium and potassium to coordinate the activity of specialized cardiac cells that maintain heart rhythm.
Leading Food Sources of magnesium: Spinach, Avocados, Chocolate, Pumpkin seeds, Oysters, Sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, Amaranth, Buckwheat, Quinoa, Almonds, Barley

omega-3 fatty acids
To prevent arrhythmias, experts recommend eating two servings per week of oily fish rich in healthful omega-3s. These essential fats are thought to both prevent and relieve disturbances in cardiac rhythm by stabilizing electrical activity in heart cells.
Leading Food Sources of omega-3 fatty acids: Salmon, Trout, Tuna

potassium
Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the entire cardiovascular system. In the heart, potassium helps to regulate the cycles of electrical activity that power heartbeats.
Leading Food Sources of potassium: Beets, Bok choy, Pomegranates, Chocolate, Beans, dried, Clams, Yogurt, Oranges, Water chestnuts, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Quinoa, Apricots, Cantaloupe, Bananas, Figs, Avocados, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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