Posted by: Pamela Kalivas | March 24, 2014

Cut Your Risk – Heart healthy solutions to Alzheimer’s and Heart disease

Have a Healthy Heart

According to new research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, the average 45 year old man has a heart age six years older than he is.  Check your heart age right now by using the HeartAge.me calculator.

Heart healthy foods can do wonders to increase the health of your heart:


Almonds
Lowers LDL cholesterol so they are very good for your heart, reducing the risk of heart disease. Extra phosphorous in almonds also helps bone strength, and important risk reducer for fractures after a fall.

Berries

Salmon– Stocked with Omega-3 fatty acids, these lipids also reduce risk of heart disease.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)– Great on salad tossed with a little lemon, salt, and pepper.  Rich in LDL-lowering mono-saturated fats, EVOO reduces your risk for heart disease.

Berries– Berries are full of antioxidant and polyphenols that aid in fighting cancer and heart disease.  Sprinkle a few over yogurt or morning cereals.

Like Clockwork

        Another bonus of a healthy heart is a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s later in life.  The brain requires 20% of the oxygen supplied to the body from the heart (Columbia-Neurosymposium).  High levels of cholesterol lead to poor heart ejection fractions.

       Ejection fraction is the amount of blood that leaves the heart after each contraction.  High levels of cholesterol lead to heart artery blockages which can significantly decrease the amount of blood pumping through the heart for every heart-beat.  Decreased amounts of blood flowing to the brain means decreased levels of oxygen and this can deteriorate brain function.

      According to The Franklin Institute, micronutrients specifically found in fruits and vegetables are used by the brain to safeguard its cells from damage and dysfunction.  Low intake of fruits and vegetables is not only unhealthy for the heart, but increases damages within the brain that result from cellular metabolic activity.  Fruits and vegetables play a dynamic role in reducing your risk to developing Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

Catch two birds with one scone- make sure its berry filled!  Take care of your heart and your brain will reap the benefits.

~Pam

Columbia Neuro Symposium: http://nyneurosymposium.columbia.edu/symposium/2010/060410/825AM-MaryKayBader.pdf

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