Post on: September 10, 2018.
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Oh, my heart be still. Take me to a place where charcuterie boards are plentiful, glasses are full and loved ones snuggle closely together. As the fall weather starts to cool, take a moment to chill out – it’s good for your heart.
Stress is Bad for Your Heart
Chillin’ Out…should be a daily thing! Taking a minute to chill out may also keep the heart healthy. Research shows an association between life stress and heart disease. Stress can kill you – 23 percent of Canadians report having a high degree of stress. It can affect how you feel, eat and sleep. Those tired eyes could probably use 12 hours of Better Sleep Naturally.
Skip A Beat
Skip eating a few things – according to the Canadian Community Health Survey on Nutrition, over 85 percent of men and 60 percent of women consume more than the recommended amount of sodium. The main source of sodium in our diets comes from processed foods. Consuming too much sodium causes blood pressure to rise, a condition called hypertension. This increases the risk of heart disease. A simple solution is to choose low sodium items next time you shop. Better yet, make more foods at home! Here’s a scrumptious way to start with my Young at Heart Peanut Tofu Stir-Fry. Keep it simple – whole foods, cooking where you don’t really have to do much, is the healthiest way to eat – just like this charcuterie board.
Nutrients to Love: Top Heart Health Nutrients
Kissed someone in a lab-coat lately? My fellow scientists have been uncovering some lovely nutrients that may help keep us young at heart. B vitamins, cocoa, omega-3s, resveratrol and vitamin D are already established anti-aging nutrients. These are also nutrients that give A Little Love to Your Heart. Here are some other nutrients to love: CoQ10, garlic, hawthorne.
CoQ10 is an antioxidant. Antioxidants are helpful in preventing free radical damage to the delicate components of the cardiovascular system. However, what is most fascinating about CoQ10 is its ability to reduce blood pressure. Study results have shown a staggering 17mmHg drop in systolic blood pressure and 10mmHg in diastolic blood pressure.
Garlic can also reduce blood pressure. It also appears to beneficially alter bad fats in the blood. A 2016 study suggests garlic extract may slow and even reverse plaque build up in arteries. The study published in the Journal of Nutrition gave 55 middle-aged people 2,400mg of garlic extract. Results showed plaque accumulated as a slower rate and some plaques showed signs of weakening. Wowza – garlic, you are powerful (…and, now please pass me the mints).
Hawthorn for Heart Health
Hawthorn extract may help keep your ticker beating. Hawthorn has been traditionally used for centuries to treat conditions of the heart. Modern science now supports hawthorn’s heart-helping reputation. Hawthorn contains the health-promoting nutrients quercetin and oligomeric procyandins. These two antioxidants have been found to improve blood flow, help blood vessels dilate and protect them from damage. Of note, the 1983 edition of the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia, regarded by many as the standard text for professional herbalists for many years, cites the benefits of hawthorn berries only. However, today studies show that the use of hawthorn flowers and leaves also elicit heart healthy benefits. As such, hawthorn supplements may contain berries or combinations of berries, flowers and leaves.