Nutrition 2015-10-09 Quick Dose: When Is the Best Time to Buy Heart-Healthy Summer Produce? Main Article Content Breadcrumb navigation All/Nutrition/Quick Dose: When Is the Best Time to Buy Heart-Healthy Summer Produce? You’re never too young to start paying attention to your heart health, and one way to reduce your chance for heart disease, heart attack and stroke is by eating foods with nutrients that are particularly good for your heart. Here is the best time of year to stock up on your favorite heart-healthy produce: Raspberries. These early summer berries are loaded with polyphenols, which help repair damage-causing free radicals in your body. Strawberries. These sweet treats, best from late May through June, can reduce the risk of heart attacks, thanks to their anthocyanin content. Blueberries. These are considered a superfood because they’re packed with resveratrol and flavonoids, which help prevent coronary disease. Stock up between June and late August. Asparagus. May through June is the best time to look for this powerful vegetable. In addition to reducing inflammation, asparagus can protect against certain types of cancer and give your brain an added boost. Tomatoes. A staple that’s best in the latter half of summer, tomatoes are rich with fiber and potassium, which is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Tomatoes are also rich in carotenoids, which reduces the risk for heart disease. Kale. These leafy greens pack a punch when it comes to nutrients. In addition to a host of vitamins, kale has heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight inflammation. These greens are best when the temperatures start to drop. Baby kale is delicious in the early part of the growing season, while more mature kale is best after cooler weather. Find a farmers’ market near you whether you’re in Chicago or the suburbs. You can also visit Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute for more information on heart health, and heart disease prevention and treatment. - Jo Cessna, certified nutrition expert Share This Page Related Topics In Season Produce Favorite Foods Healthy Diet Northwestern Medicine - On a relentless pursuit of better medicine. Related Content Nutrition Health Benefits of Avocados (Infographic) Avocados contain nearly 20 essential nutrients. From heart health to depression, this infographic shows how eating avocados impacts you. Nutrition Heart-Healthy Grilling Recipes Try these recipes without the guilt this summer. Nutrition Healthy Eating Roundup Whole nutrition advice, all in one place. Nutrition Seasonal Allergy-Fighting Superfoods Incorporate these foods into your daily diet for some extra seasonal relief. Nutrition Pick Pumpkin for Better Health Adding a little pumpkin to your diet can help fight heart disease, regulate blood sugar and improve eye health. Nutrition In Season: Grow Your Own Produce Growing your own fruit and vegetables not only guarantees your food will be fresh and local, it also has surprising health benefits. Nutrition Drop the Beet on Your Diet Beets are more than the latest food trend: the spring root vegetable is a nutrient powerhouse. Nutrition In Season: Winter Produce Winter can feel like a dead patch for produce, but a number of fruits and vegetables come into season between December and March. Nutrition In Season: Fall Produce With local farmers’ markets and CSA, you can enjoy nutritious fruits and vegetables in season in fall. Find out what’s available in autumn. Nutrition In Season: Summer Produce Get your fill of nutritious and delicious summer produce. Find out what's in season. Nutrition In Season: Spring Produce Reap the benefits of eating in season with fruit and vegetable picks for spring.