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Worried About Your Heart’s Health? Make These 5 Spices a Part of Your Diet and See the Benefits Yourself!

To make everyday meals more interesting, a variety of herd and spices can be incorporated in your diet to improve the heart’s health

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The route to a healthy heart can take the shape of herbs and spices. Pixabay
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New Delhi, September 20, 2017 : Today, heart diseases comprise a leading cause of global deaths regardless of gender. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 611, 105 people die annually due to heart related problems.

Our heart every day fights multiple battles to keep healthy against a variety of internal factors like aging, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, a sedentary lifestyle and a family history of heart diseases.  Risk factor to heart diseases can be further augmented by factors like smoking, excessive alcohol or caffeine consumption.

Signs of Heart Diseases

  • Persistent coughing
  • Chest discomfort
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Rapid or irregular pulse
  • Shortness of breath

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Our heart never stops functioning (If it ever does, we would die to). Thus, it is important to keep it healthy.

An improved functioning of the heart can be credited to the quality of blood and blood flow, which can largely depend on the diet that we consume. A healthy diet balanced in multiple nutrients, coupled with a regular exercise regime can help you attain this goal.

To make everyday meals more interesting, a variety of herd and spices can be incorporated in your diet to improve the heart’s health.

Using spices not only improves the taste of food but also provided necessary nutrients that might otherwise not be present in our food.

If your heart’s health is on your priority list right not, we present to you five spices that will be beneficial to counter heart diseases,

  1. Garlic: Increased cholesterol is the greatest reason for heart ailments. You can control the cholesterol level by incorporating garlic in everyday diet. Garlic is rich in allicin, an anti-oxidant which controls cholesterol as well as controls blood pressure. In this way, a diet rich in garlic is a one-stop successful approach to avoid cardiac problems.

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    Garlic is also known as the king of heart-healthy herbs, Pixabay
  2. Turmeric: In several Hindu households, a paste made out of turmeric and milk continues to be applied on wounds. Additionally, a lot of you will relate to being forced to consume turmeric milk by your mothers. This is because Turmeric is enriched with anti-oxidants and anti inflammatory properties. This implies that turmeric has a calming effect which is useful in lowering cholesterol levels. The anti-oxidants present in this spice are thus, known to prevent hardening of the arteries by reduced cholesterol levels and also controlling the oxidation of fat. Aside from this, it is additionally an excellent approach to avert diabetes. 
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    The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is the source of all benefits of this spice. Pixabay

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  3. Black pepper: Black pepper activates the chordoproteactive activity. This attempts to protect the body against oxidative harm, which damages cell membranes and other structures like cellular proteins, DNA and lipids. Apart from this, black pepper also upgrades the cardiovascular capacity.

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    The benefits of black pepper to counter cardio-vascular diseases are known to many. Pixabay
  4. Cinnamon: Blood flow can be improved by utilizing cinnamon in your everyday diet as it can counter the release of the fatty acids in the blood that cause inflammation and subsequent blood clotting in the body. Cinnamon can also help to maintain a required thickness of the blood, which can aid in lowering blood pressure. Cinnamon also helps to lower LDL (bad cholesterol) thus, keeping the heart healthy! Utilize a squeeze of cinnamon consistently to remain safe from heart-related ailments.

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    Cinnamon- a magic spice to take care of all your heart diseases! Pixabay
  5. Coriander Seeds: Also known as Cilantro, Coriander seeds and leaves are rich in anti platelet compounds and natural antioxidants. These qualities help keep platelet aggregation under check, which impedes the flow of blood to the heart. Coriander also contain great measures of anti-oxidants. These components work together to shield the heart from free radical. To control cholesterol, coriander seeds are advantageous as they aid to increase the blood flow. Furthermore, they also assist in keeping a check on diabetes which is a major contributor to health diseases.
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According to a study in the Journal of Environmental Biology published, coriander seeds were recognized as being very beneficial to blood cholesterol levels. Pixabay

 


 

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Omega-3 Supplements do not Protect Against Heart Disease: Study

Intake of omega 3 fats (including EPA and DHA), primarily through supplements, probably makes little or no difference to risk of cardiovascular events, coronary heart deaths, coronary heart disease events, stroke or heart irregularities

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Eating more ALA -- an essential fatty acid and important part of a balanced diet -- through food or supplements probably decreases the risk of heart irregularities from 3.3 to 2.6 per cent.
Eating more ALA -- an essential fatty acid and important part of a balanced diet -- through food or supplements probably decreases the risk of heart irregularities from 3.3 to 2.6 per cent. (IANS)

Taking omega 3 through food or supplements is likely to have little or no effect on our risk of experiencing heart diseases, stroke or death, a new study challenging previously held theories says.

Increased consumption of omega 3 — a type of fat normally found in plant foods like walnuts, rapeseed as well as in fatty fish such as salmon and cod liver oil — has been widely promoted because of a common belief that it will protect against heart diseases.

However, the findings, published in the Cochrane Library, showed that the risk of death from any cause was 8.8 per cent in people who had increased their intake of omega 3 fats, compared with 9 per cent in people who did not.

Intake of omega 3 fats (including EPA and DHA), primarily through supplements, probably makes little or no difference to risk of cardiovascular events, coronary heart deaths, coronary heart disease events, stroke or heart irregularities.

“We can be confident in the findings of this review which go against the popular belief that long-chain omega 3 supplements protect the heart… we don’t see protective effects,” said lead author Lee Hooper from the University of East Anglia, UK.

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Medicinal drugs rich of omega 3. Pixabay

“The review provides good evidence that taking long-chain omega 3 (fish oil, EPA or DHA) supplements does not benefit heart health or reduce our risk of stroke or death from any cause.

“On the other hand, while oily fish is a healthy food, it is unclear from the small number of trials whether eating more oily fish is protective of our hearts,” Hooper said.

Eating more ALA — an essential fatty acid and important part of a balanced diet — through food or supplements probably decreases the risk of heart irregularities from 3.3 to 2.6 per cent.

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However, the reductions are very small — 143 people would need to increase their ALA intake to prevent one person developing arrhythmia and 1,000 people to prevent one person dying of coronary heart disease or experiencing a cardiovascular event, Hooper said.

The study combines the results of seventy-nine randomized trials involving 1,12,059 people from North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. (IANS)