There’s another reason we should think about hearts in February!
It’s American Heart Month!
February is a month dedicated to cardiovascular health and to raise awareness about heart disease. In honor of American Heart Month, we will take a look at some of the ways you can help improve your heart health.
Did you know that regularly eating nuts significantly reduces the incidence of heart disease? Eating one ounce of nuts five or more times per week can reduce your risk of heart disease by 25-39%.
Why are nuts so beneficial?
Although nuts are high in fat, the fat is mostly unsaturated fat which has a beneficial effect on health. Studies with almonds and walnuts have both shown a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels. The protein in nuts is high in arginine, which helps facilitate relaxation of blood vessels and helps prevent clotting. Nuts are also considered good sources of dietary fiber, magnesium, copper, folic acid, potassium and vitamin E.
Walnuts, in particular, are high in alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid that is protective to the heart and circulation. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and fatal arrhythmias.
Although nuts are beneficial for the heart, they are concentrated in calories and should be substituted for other unhealthy foods you would normally eat (chips, candy, processed foods). Also, because of the calorie content in nuts, portion control is equally important.
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DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information is for informational purposes and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any illness. Consult a physician before taking any action.
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