A rather shocking statistic is that heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the UK, something that doesn’t seem to be improving.
Cutting down on meat products is a great way to improve the health of your heart. All meat products contain cholesterol and having a high cholesterol increases your risk of serious health conditions.
Good news......there are also some heart healthy foods out there!
Magnesium- Nuts, seeds, green leafy veg and pulses
Good levels of magnesium in your body can prevent stroke and heart attacks. This is because it releases a type of energy that makes the muscles (even those around the heart) relax.
Vitamin D- Sun exposure and some mushrooms
The very best way to get enough Vitamin D has to be through exposure to the sun. Vitamin D protects against a variety of diseases, but it is shown to have one of the biggest benefits to heart health. In fact studies have found that you may be up to 81% more likely to die from heart disease if you are deficient in vitamin D.
Zinc- Pumpkin seeds, nuts
Zinc is an anti-inflammatory mineral that also is known to protect against coronary artery disease and improving cardiac function.
Lycopene- Cooked tomatoes, peppers, papaya, water melon, asparagus and red cabbage
Lycopene is a carotenoid; which is known to protect against cancers as well as heart disease. This is because Lycopene helps to increase the flexibility of the arteries and protecting against the hardening of them too.
Responsible for the garlic smell. Allicin is not only pretty stinky but it also has a powerful effect on our blood pressure and heart health. It relaxes blood vessels and improves the flow of blood round your body. Plus it tastes really great too!