Lowering the risk of heart disease? Are Antioxidants your answer?

Our heart health can be helped greatly by the food we eat.

The bountiful benefits of a Mediterranean diet are demonstrated in science. The importance of antioxidants in the Mediterranean diet is the focus of scientific studies.

Studies analyse how oxidative stress can lead to heart disease and inflammatory conditions. They also describe how antioxidants protect us from oxidative stress damage.

What makes the Mediterranean diet good for our heart?

  • The Mediterranean Diet and Virgin Olive Oil have high levels of antioxidants.
  • Antioxidants have wonderful health benefits!
  • Antioxidants are anti – inflammatory! Oxidative stress causes inflammation.
  • Inflammation can lead to heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer and other diseases.
  • Antioxidants help lower the risk of heart disease.

Heart attacks and strokes can occur when the body is under attack from oxidative stress. Excess free radicals (oxidative stress) attack the cardiovascular system. Heart attacks and strokes can then occur.

Our diets can provide the antioxidants to tackle inflammation.

How do we change our diets to help our heart?

  • Mediterranean diets, packed full of antioxidants, can lower the incidence of cardiovascular disease.

Scientific studies explain the following:

  • Red wine, tea, fruit and vegetables contain flavonoid antioxidants. Flavonoid antioxidants may reduce heart disease and cancer.
  • Fruit and Veg, packed full of carotenoids and vitamins appear to reduce the risk of cardiovascular and other diseases.
  • Top up on your carrots, squash, kale, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe melons, tomatoes, red cabbage and more (all contain Carotenoids).
  • Turmeric has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Curcumin in turmeric has been found to reduce pain, slow down inflammation and regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Cocoa and soy are good sources of flavonoids. Ongoing studies are analysing how cocoa and soy may reduce cardiovascular disease for some people.

Read the science behind this. 


edinburgh nutrition Team

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