Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Food and Health: Dark Chocolates, Red Wine & Coffee--Good for the Heart?

Dark Chocolates, Red Wine and Coffee:
Good for the Heart?

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     It's the month of 'hearts' once again, and many ladies will be receiving flowers, chocolates and will dine with red wine with their dates and have coffee after dinner. Sound right? Guys give these to touch the woman's heart. Well, they don't know that they really do.

     Researches are still being done and have proven that dark chocolate, red wine and coffee have health benefits to our hearts. Let's tackle them one by one.

     Ladies, better ask your dates to give you dark chocolate, instead of the usual milk chocolates. Why? Because according to Dr. Dirk Taubert, of the University of Cologne, Germany, dark chocolate is good for the heart because it lowers blood pressure and lowers cholesterol; it reduces LDL cholesterol up to 10%. According to about.com on longevity, it contains flavonoids which act as antioxidants that protect the body from aging caused by free radicals which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Flavonoids also help relax blood pressure through the production of nitric oxide, and balance the hormones in the body. Other benefits include the stimulation of endorphin production which gives a feeling of pleasure, it contains serotonin which acts as an anti-depressant, and it contains theobromine, caffeine and other substances which act as stimulants. So now, eat your heart out. 

     Red Wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart-healthy, according to mayoclinic.com. Studies have shown that red wine contain 'resveratrol', a non-flavonoid substance that appear to help prevent arteries from becoming clogged with fatty blockages and help prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces bad cholesterol and prevents blood clots. It also contains flavonoids like dark chocolates. So how much red wine should we drink to reap these benefits? One glass or one serving. But remember, although drinking wine has health benefits, young ladies who are going on a date with a boyfriend will reap more benefits not drinking any alcohol at all! Even and most especially the boyfriend. Capice'? 

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      Coffee is something once considered questionable for your health turns out to have health benefits but with the provision you use it in moderation, according to the  web page of health.harvard.edu/Family Health Guide. Studies in 2004 to 2005, suggests that coffee might be good for us as it contains antioxidants that may offer some cardiovascular protection. Researches have also shown that it reduces the likelihood of developing diabetes and might have anti-cancer properties. Although studies are still being made to remove the words 'might' and 'appear' in these claims, many coffee manufacturers have used them to advertise and promote these health benefits. In the meantime, we can use coffee in moderation as the web page says.

So, enjoy all these things in moderation and you will get these benefits for your heart.


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