The secret to a healthy heart could just be as simple as tomato sauce made with onion, olive oil and corn flour which can help protect against strokes and cardiac arrest. Spanish researchers discovered that tomato-based sauce has nearly 40 antioxidants which can prevent the onset of 'oxidative stress' on the heart. The sauce must contain all the ingredients -onion, olive oil and corn flour. Sofrito, which is a Mediterranean diet, is made form tomato but also contains olive oil onion, corn flour and even garlic and is thought to prevent stroke and heart attack. Spanish researchers say that tomato-based sauce contains as many as 40 antioxidants, called polyphenols, which are believed to protect the heart from 'oxidative stress.' 'Those sofrito which contain extra-virgin olive oil have better antioxidant properties as they are richer in phenolic compounds. First, there is a synergistic effect among ingredients which is translated into a higher number of total polyphenols. Second, the sofrito contains more polyphenols than tomato or tomato juice because garlic, oil and onion provide polyphenols too.' Source: Medindia << Eat Healthy, Beat Obesity to Avoid Metabolic Syndrome Cigarette Ads Influence Impressionable Minds >> Recommended Reading Congenital Heart Disease Heart diseases that are present at birth are called " Congenital heart diseases". READ MORE Diet, Lifestyle and Heart Disease The correlation between diet, lifestyle and heart disease. The importance of balanced diet life style and exercise for controlling heart disease. READ MORE Lifestyle Paths to Heart Disease Heart disease can be of many types depending upon whether they involve the heart muscles or artery walls or heart beats. Bad lifestyle choices contribute to heart disease. READ MORE Aortic Valve Stenosis Aortic valve Stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of the c valve. Symptoms include angina, and that of heart failure. Aortic valve replacement is effective therapy. READ MORE High Blood Pressure and Herbs Drug intervention need not be the only option to help lower your moderately high blood pressure. Lifestyle changes along with herb remedies such as garlic, arjuna, sarpagandha, and olive can serve the purpose. READ MORE Mediterranean Diet Mediterranean diet has long been considered one of the healthiest diets on the planet. This diet plan discourages the use of saturated fats and hydrogenated oils while cooking meals. READ MORE Mitral Valve Prolapse Mitral Valve Prolapse is a relatively common condition and causes leakage of blood through the valve. MVP is not life-threatening in most instances. READ MORE Munch On Crunchy Corn! The infamously hard to digest corn actually holds unbelievable health benefits and is important part of the diet chain. READ MORE Olive Oil and Its Benefits The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties are responsible for the health benefits of olive oil. READ MORE Statins Statins are new wonder drugs that are proving to be efficacious, not merely in relieving symptoms but also offering several health benefits. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Drug - Food Interactions Daily Calorie Requirements Diaphragmatic Hernia More News on: Mediterranean DietDiet Lifestyle and Heart DiseaseHeartHealthy HeartHigh Blood Pressure and HerbsStatinsMitral Valve ProlapseAortic Valve StenosisOlive Oil and Its BenefitsMunch On Crunchy Corn!