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Heart disease is the number one cause of death for Americans, with an even higher risk for American women. You can reduce your risk for developing this disease by decreasing stress, increasing exercise and eating certain foods. Bite into these delicious treats to start lowering your risk while celebrating love with your sweetie:
Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, antioxidant compounds that increase the flexibility of veins and arteries which improves blood flow and decreases risk for plaque build up, therefore lowering your risk for heart disease.
Go for 70% or higher dark chocolate which contains less sugar and more antioxidants.
Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
Almonds are full of heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, vitamin E and L-arginine. Roasting almonds and sprinkling cinnamon on top enhances the flavor, making this snack a healthy treat!
Omega 3 fatty acids help prevent dangerous heart rhythms that can lead to heart attacks.
Fiber can help lower (bad) LDL cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol is the number one cause of heart disease. Fiber also helps keep you full and stabilizes energy levels.
Vitamin E stops the development of plaque in your arteries. Too much plaque in arteries can cause chest pain and heart attack.
L-arginine makes artery walls more flexible and thus less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow.
Resveratrol, found in red wine, may help reduce your risk for heart disease by decreasing inflammation in the body, lowering LDL cholesterol and preventing blood clots.
More is not always better - limit alcohol consumption to one or two drinks in order to reep the heart healthy benefits. Cheers!
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