Wellness Wednesday! For the Heart, From the Heart

For the Heart, From the Heart

 

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we’re loving all things red! Our hearts, the powerhouse organ, humbly tick away day in and day out, and it’s easy to forget that even our hearts need a little love. With all those healthy habits set in place, it’s time to pamper your body with antioxidants. Whenever we run, jump, skip or even breath, we produce free radicals. Don’t let those scare you- free radicals can be easily mitigated by introducing antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables into your diet. We love beets, raspberries and chocolate to name a few.

 

From the Heart

 

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, show your love with a home cooked meal! And one that’s full of heart healthy antioxidants? That’s a winner! Check out members specials and infuse your dishes with heart healthy vitamins and minerals.

 

Organic Red Beet Bunches On sale for 1.69 a bunch, normally 2.99. Members Only

 

Beets, part of the chenopod family (which includes chard, spinach, and quinoa too), boast a beautiful red color that does more than just jazz up a plate. Research has found that the chenopod family is unique;  specific epoxyxanthophyll carotenoids and rich phytonutrients make these vegetables a great addition to one’s diet as it provides support for our nervous system. These are fantastic roasted!

 

Pink Lady Apples On special for 1.99lb, normally 3.39lb. Members Only!

 

The humble apple is rich in polyphenols that act like antioxidants. These polyphenols decrease the oxidation of cell membrane fat, which keeps blood flowing easily. But if that’s not enough, they also have an impressive amount of vitamin C. You might wonder why apples end up with such an amazing array of polyphenols. Recent research studies show polyphenols to be the favorite mechanism used by apples to protect themselves from UV-B radiation; polyphenols, then, are like the apple’s natural sunscreen.

 

Organic Raspberries Normally priced at 5.99ea on sale for 3.99. Members Only!

 

Sweet, delicious and organic, we love raspberries for many reasons. Studies are now showing that when it comes to organic raspberries, there is great antioxidant capacity with greater levels of total phenols and anthocyanins than non-organic raspberries. One of the most fascinating new areas of raspberry research involves the potential for raspberries to improve management of obesity. Although this research is in its early stages, scientists now know that metabolism in our fat cells can be increased by phytonutrients found in raspberries, especially rheosmin (also called raspberry ketone). By increasing enzyme activity, oxygen consumption, and heat production in certain types of fat cells, raspberry phytonutrients like rheosmin may be able to decrease risk of obesity as well as risk of fatty liver. These raspberries are perfect for dessert by themselves or paired with chocolate.

 

For the Heart

Paired with a heart healthy diet, supplements can help your heart be at its best! Fish oil, co-enzymes and garlic are all great options when starting supplementation.

Nordic Naturals Omega-3 : Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid that is found in fish, certain nuts, algae, and flax. It’s not only brain food but helps with heart health by lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) and increasing HDL (good cholesterol). We love Nordic Naturals Omega-3 liquid and capsules. It’s a great tasting product from a responsible company.

Kyolic Cardiovascular – Instead of eating tons of garlic cloves, and getting spurned by your sweetie this V-Day, check out Kyolic’s Cardiovascular supplement. Studies show that garlic increases antioxidant efficacy, inhibits enzymes in lipid synthesis, and helps lower LDL.

CoQ10 by Country Life- While this enzyme is naturally found in the body, some have trouble producing enough of it or even getting in their diet. CoQ10 is often used as an antioxidant that helps prevent heart disease and high blood pressure.

 

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