The biggest killer amongst male and females is cardiovascular disease affecting 26% of the population and has killed more people than all cancers combined. The basic health recipes hold true for a healthy heart to avoid heart disease but by choosing particular food products like dark chocolate, berries and red wine you can up the odds at your getting cardiovascular disease.
Dark chocolate has been known for ages not only for its rich and delicious flavor but also as a powerful antioxidant because of the flavonoids that it contains. These antioxidants shield the body from aging caused by free radicals that can also cause damage that can lead to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains eight times the number of antioxidants that strawberries and they can also aid in relaxing your blood pressure through the manufacturing of nitric oxide and in effect balance certain hormones in your body. Chocolate is produced from a plant, which means that it contains many of the many health perks of dark vegetables like broccoli, spinach and romaine lettuce, and as we well know that these greens contain lots of vitamin A, C & K and minerals such as iron and calcium. Dark chocolate is also a delicious source of fiber and can help in preventing certain types of cancers. A small bar of it every day can help your heart run well as it lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol. And if you’re worried about your waist line do note that the fat in dark chocolate for the most part does not impact your cholesterol level.
Besides being fresh and yummy, berries are also one of the best nutritional bargains around. They are very high in vitamin E, fiber, antioxidants and minerals and low in carbs, fat and calories. Not only do these tasty treats contribute to our general health but they also help in the prevention of cancer and heart disease and slow the aging process down. For example one cup of strawberries can contain one whole day’s requirements for vitamin C and a cup of blackberries contains a day’s worth of manganese which is necessary for healthy bone structure.
The pigments that give berries their beautiful red and blue hues are also good for our health because they contain phytochemicals which as we all know can boost our immune system as well as having powerful anti-inflammatory, anti bacteria and anti viral effects on our bodies.
The health benefits of red wine have been carefully noted throughout the decades and new research has shown that a glass of red wine, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Chianti and Merlot contain melatonin which regulate our body’s clock and can be very helpful in getting us to sleep. Melatonin is also an anti-oxidant which means that it has anti- cancer and aging preventative properties. Red wine is also good for preventing prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in woman and can give both more life longevity. Red wine contains Resveratrol which has great anti inflammatory agents and is also good against Alzheimer’s and dementia. Always keep in mind that moderation is the key to getting the most out of your ration of wine with 1 or 2 glasses per day being the suggested norm.
With all the great health benefits of red wine, berries and dark chocolate how can one not add them to their diet? I trust that you will be sure to enjoy your next glass of red wine and plate of strawberries dipped in melted dark chocolate a lot more.