Don’t you love it when an article written by one of the premier clinicians in the US, declares that alcohol (in moderation, of course) is good for your heart.
So says the popular and handsome Dr. Oz in a recent article found in the monthly Crum Creek Mills newsletter. The article mentions nine heart healthy foods you should be eating and includes the following:
# Fruits and vegetables
Many fruits and vegetables-specifically red grapes, cranberries, tomatoes, onions,and tomato juice-contain powerful antioxidants called flavonoids and carotenoids. Found in colorful foods, flavonoids and carotenoids are vitamin-like nonessential substances that seem to decrease inflammation by handcuffing those damaging oxygen free radicals and stimulating your body to take them out of your system through urine.
While it is still being debated, we believe a clove a day can help thin your blood and lower your blood pressure. (Plus, it helps keep people away, to lower your stress level.) If you don’t like the taste or the fact that coworkers shrink away when they pass you in the hall, you can also take garlic in pill form called allicin) at 400 milligrams a day (though the odor may still emerge through your sweat glands).
# Olive oil
The “extra virgin” kind contains lots of healthy phytonutrients as well as monounsaturated fats, which help raise your good HDL cholesterol. Aim for 25 percent of your diet to come from healthy fats like those found in olive oil. That will reduce your RealAge by more than six years.
# Omega-3 fatty acids
These fatty acids (found in fish or the plants fish eat, like certain algae) are the handymen of your arterial system, because they can do a whole lot of fixing up. They reduce triglyceride levels in your blood (high triglycerides are a big cause of plaque buildup), and they help reduce the risk of arrhythmia after a heart attack. In addition, they decrease blood pressure and also make platelets less sticky, to reduce clotting. Aim for three portions of fish per week. Best choices: wild, line-caught salmon; mahi-mahi; catfish; flounder; tilapia; and whitefish.
If you don’t have a problem with alcohol, having one alcoholic drink a night (4 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or 1.5 ounces of spirits) for women-up to two for men-seems to have a beneficial effect on your heart by raising levels of that healthy HDL cholesterol. It also helps you to wind down, so your blood pressure can do the same. Our preference: red wine, because it also contains antioxidants.
There it is, number 5 on the list. Notice the quantity suggested in parentheses anything more than that, and the deal is void.
To read the rest of the article and see the other four foods you should be eating, visit the Crum Creek Mills newsletter link below.