Here's How Dark Chocolate and Red Wine are Good for Your Heart

by Kathy Jones on  February 18, 2014 at 9:34 PM Heart Disease News
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Red wine and dark chocolate not only taste great, but also have heart-healthy components, says a new study.
 Here's How Dark Chocolate and Red Wine are Good for Your Heart
Here's How Dark Chocolate and Red Wine are Good for Your Heart

Red wine contains resveratrol, which has been found to lower blood sugar and LDL or "bad" cholesterol. It also is a source of catechins, which can help improve HDL or "good" cholesterol and polyphenols, which may prevent the formation of toxic plaque that leads to Alzheimer's disease.

Dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70 percent or higher is rich in flavonoids, which help prevent the buildup of plaque in the arteries. It also boosts the immune system and contains cancer-fighting enzymes.

According to Loyola University Health System preventive heart specialist Sara Sirna, other items that top the list of heart-healthy foods include nuts, fish, flaxseeds, oatmeal, black or kidney beans, walnuts and almonds and berries.

Source: ANI

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