Arguably the most important muscle in the body, your heart, is responsible for the transportation of nutrients throughout the body. Imagine your heart and cardiovascular system like Los Angeles Freeways. To arrive at any destination there are different routes to take throughout the county, but a person wants the most efficient and time saving route. Your heart is prewired and programmed for the fastest, most efficient route; but what happens when there is a blockage on that route? What happens when the traffic builds up? To protect your four chambered muscle with different “freeways and roads”, it is imperative that we take precautions to prevent blockages and walls. The good news is we have super foods like berries and dark chocolate to help clear the road ways and strengthen the avenues used for our blood to deliver nutrients. According to the American Heart Association “berries like strawberries have high levels of phytochemicals called flavonoids. One study showed that women who consumed more blueberries and strawberries had a lower risk of heart attack.” In addition they recommend dark chocolate in moderation for the high flavonoids content. Check out these two superfoods in our highlighted recipe of the week!
“What's so Super about Superfoods?” American Heart Association, Nov. 2013, www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/Whats-so-super-about-superfoods_UCM_457937_Article.jsp#.WKsr_BiZOb8. Accessed 15 Feb. 2017.