Valentine’s Day is the traditional celebration of romance which sees lovers express their affection through gifts of flowers, confectionery dinner dates and Valentine’s cards.
The heart is the symbol we have all come to associate with Valentine’s Day and it is central to broader ideas of love and affection. Much like our own hearts, which are central to the body and its core functions (i.e. keeping us alive!). So, to make the most of whatever romantic plans you have this Valentine’s Day, we want to make sure you love your heart and keep it beating its best beat!
Don’t get broken hearted
Let’s focus on foods you can build into your diet to keep your heart healthy. Oat bran helps to reduce cholesterol and prevent the build-up of dangerous plaque in the arteries. Beta-glucan, a soluble fibre in oat bran, has been shown to significantly lower total cholesterol and LDL ("bad" cholesterol). It assists in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, which is related to its effect on our cholesterol, blood sugar and body weight.
Studies published in the British Journal of Nutrition have shown that chia seeds are able to lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels while increasing HDL (“good” cholesterol). These studies also found that when substituting chia for other fat sources, the omega 3 alpha-linolenic acid was able to prevent high triglyceride levels and reduce central obesity, also a major cause of heart disease.
Flaxseed is one of the richest sources of the plant-based ω-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Based on the results of clinical trials, epidemiological investigations and experimental studies, ingestion of ALA has been suggested to have a positive impact on cardiovascular disease. (Flaxseed also has cancer fighting and preventative properties, which you can read about in our recent blog).
Acai berries are a rich source of antioxidants, especially anthocyanins, fibre and healthy unsaturated fats. Anthocyanins are potent antioxidants linked to slowing down the ageing process and supporting healthy cellular tissue growth. Acai berries are rich in B vitamins, minerals, fibre, protein and omega 3 fatty acids. Acai powder has one of the highest ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) of all foods. This benefits the body by increasing blood antioxidant levels, therefore helping protect the heart cells from damage by oxygen (free) radicals.
Maca is known to reduce stress and blood pressure, increase energy and improve resistance to disease - which supports a healthy heart. Being a potent adaptogen, its natural components can bring balance to the entire body.
And for some added Valentine's "joie de vivre", one of Maca's most intriguing features is its effect in the bedroom. Both female and male libidos can benefit from this natural aphrodisiac, according to various studies. What's not to like?
All five super nutritious ingredients (with benefits…) are in Elementary Vital, a plant based powdered supplement. Show your heart some love with just two delicious heaped teaspoons per day.
Love your heart and it will love you back.