Citrus fruits can help protect the heart. They contain a lot of beneficial nutrients as well as pectins that help neutralise a protein that causes scarring of the heart. ‘They also have a flavonoid that helps protect the heart from ischemic damages,’ says Dr Omar Ibrahim, general practitioner at Shamma Clinic.

Vitamin C has also been linked to reduced risk of heart disease. However, if you’re taking cholesterol-lowering statins, you may want to skip grapefruit, because it may interfere with these medications. ‘Top three citrus fruits recommended for a healthy heart are oranges, lemons and limes, he says.