We’ve had two great losses this Christmas season, all reportedly due to heart disease. George Michael was found in his bed and Carrie Fisher was taken to the hospital where she passed away. If you’re wondering what you can do to keep your heart healthy keep reading here.
This one food prevents heart attack, stroke, hypertension and lowers cholesterol!
From Natural Society:
Boosting Heart Health – In addition to promoting colon health, fiber is also known to boost heart health.
Anti-Inflammatory – Dates are rich in magnesium – a mineral known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. One study found that “inflammatory indicators in the body such as CRP (C-reactive protein), TNF (tumor necrosis factor alpha), and IL6 (interleukin 6) were all reduced when magnesium intake was increased.” Further, inflammation in the arterial walls was also reduced with magnesium intake. Based on magnesium’s anti-inflammatory properties and the findings of this study, magnesium can effectively reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and other inflammation-related health ailments.
Reduced Blood Pressure – Magnesium has been shown to help lower blood pressure – and again, dates are full of the mineral. Additionally, potassium is another mineral in dates that has several functions within the body, aiding with the proper workings of the heart and helping to reduce blood pressure.
Reduced Stroke Risk – After evaluating 7 studies published over a 14 year time period, researchers found stroke risk was reduced by 9% for every every 100 milligrams of magnesium a person consumes per day. The research can be found in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Of course, always consult your doctor when it comes to any health issues you are having. A healthy diet and exercise is a good way to stay healthy and dates are a great staple to help with your heart health.