February is American Heart Month. So What?

Here’s what: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women, causing about one in every four deaths in the U.S.

What else:  Although breast cancer gets more attention, FIVE TIMES as many women die from heart disease!

The final what:  Heart disease is mostly preventable!  Lifestyle plays a huge role; YOUR choices can reduce your risk.  Follow these 7 steps from the American Heart Association, which includes eating a heart healthy diet.  What is a heart healthy diet? A Mediterranean Diet of course!  Follow these tips from the Mayo Clinic:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables. Aim for 7-10 servings/day.
  • Opt for whole grains. Switch to whole-grain bread, cereal, and pasta. Experiment with other whole grains, such as bulgur and farro.
  • Use healthy fats. Substitute olive oil for butter/margarine when cooking/baking. Put high quality extra virgin olive oil on bread.  You may not want butter or margarine again! 
  • Eat fish twice a week. Choose fresh or water-packed tuna, salmon, trout, mackerel, and herring. Avoid deep-fried fish.
  • Reduce red meat. Substitute fish, poultry, or beans. If you eat meat, make sure it's lean and keep portions small.
  • Enjoy some dairy. Eat low-fat Greek or plain yogurt and small amounts of a variety of cheeses.
  • Spice it up. Herbs and spices boost flavor and lessen the need for salt.

And don’t forget to take two (2) Olivino every day!  The Olive, Grape and Tomato antioxidants and polyphenols in Olivino may improve heart health.  How? One way may be by “relaxing” your blood vessels by improving the function of your “endothelium”—the single layer of cells that line (and protect) the inside of your blood vessels.  A new review of 14 clinical trials showed that consuming a Mediterranean Diet improves endothelial function in adults—even those with cardiovascular disease!  

Relax your blood vessels by taking Olivino daily!

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