In the United States, 25 percent of women die from some form of heart disease. The most common cause of heart disease in both men and women is blockage or narrowing of the coronary arteries. What better reason to continue making healthy changes than to keep your heart working strong? Commit to making ONE simple change this month with your heart in mind and keep reading for some heart-healthy suggestions!
If you have high blood pressure fruit juice rich in polyphenols may help. Will drinking fruit juice lower your blood pressure? The results of a new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition last October say yes. But not just any fruit juice; it has to be fruit juice rich in polyphenols – a class of phyto-nutrients found in many fruits, especially dark purple and blue fruits such as grapes, cherries, and berries.
Heart Health with Juice Plus+
A recent study, published in the journal PharmaNutrition analyzed the polyphenol content of Juice Plus+ Orchard, Garden, and Vineyard Blend capsules. The results? Together, these three products contain 119 kinds of polyphenols, belonging to 75 different phenolic classes – a huge variety!
Even more impressive, six capsules of Juice Plus+ (two of each variety) provide a total of 600 mg of polyphenols per day! To put that number in context, Americans typically consume 1,000 mg of polyphenols per day. So by taking Juice Plus+, the average American can nearly double their intake of these health-giving phyto-nutrients!
Chocolate Hummus (aka Chocolate Dip)
Yes, you read that right: Chocolate Hummus!
The chocolates in heart shaped boxes are in the stores and you are ready to resist them! Treat yourself and your loved ones to this delicious healthy dessert for Valentine’s Day instead. Your food processor makes whipping this dip up a breeze, so it’s perfect for an after-dinner treat or to make for a small dinner party. The creamy texture and robust flavor of this chocolate hummus will appeal to anyone’s taste buds.