Many of us are probably thinking about our hearts this week with Valentine’s Day almost here, although more about love than health! But if you did want to show your heart some love, here are some top tips! The latest figures from the British Heart Foundation make for worrying reading – more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK are caused collectively by heart and circulatory diseases. There are factors such as lifestyle choices and family history of heart disease that contribute to cardiovascular health but we can help ourselves with a healthy lifestyle, exercise, diet and nutritional supplementation.
Eating more oily fish, flaxseed, nuts and seeds increases our intake of Omega-3 fatty acids which help to support heart and vascular systems. If you prefer to take a supplement, both fish and plant based oils are available. Eating more wholefoods and using more of the ‘good fats’ will certainly be of benefit to cardiovascular function.
Magnesium helps with normal muscle function, including the heart so this plays an important role in supporting the cardiovascular system. The steady, rhythmical beating of the heart is dependent on adequate magnesium levels so make sure you’re eating plenty of foods rich in magnesium – dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, dried figs and brown rice or you could add a magnesium supplement to your diet.
Just a couple of ways to help your heart!