Heart disease is responsible for 73,000 deaths a year in the UK and every seven minutes, someone will have a heart attack- so it’s important to eat the right foods to prevent the illness.
Studies show that people who regularly consume 20g or two squares of 70 per cent dark chocolate show a marked improvement in blood flow. But no improvement in those who eat processed chocolate, which contains little cocoa. The health benefits are linked to a property that dark chocolate has which releases a chemical messenger – nitric oxide. That increases arterial dilatation, while improving blood flow it boosts heart health.
These are rich in Vitamins B, especially B5, which is important for adrenal health.
GREEN TEAA recent study has shown drinking green tea rapidly improves function of cells within the lining of the circulatory system. These cells are endothelia cells, Endothelial dysfunction is what triggers the thickening of the artery walls, which could lead to heart disease.
Nuts may be high in fat, but the monounsaturated fats they contain improve heart health. Studies show that a daily consumption of one portion of nuts reduces risk of coronary disease. This effect is even better when the nuts are replacing processed snacks rich in sugar and trans fats.
By Rosie Allen.