Go Red for Women

Friday is Go Red for Women, sponsored by the American Heart Association. I thought it was closer to Valentine’s Day. So I haven’t done all my research, but thought I would offer some tidbits from the ‘Net.

Another campaign is The Heart Truth, a campaign meant to raise awareness of the risk of heart disease in women. The campaign is sponsored in the United States by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, an organization of the US Dept. of Health & Human Services. (A similar campaign is promoted in Canada by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.) It focuses mainly on educating women aged forty to sixty, as that is the time when the risk of heart disease begins to increase.

Former first ladies Laura Bush and Nancy Reagan dedicate The Heart Truth First Ladies Red Dress Collection at the Ronald Reagen Presidential LIbrary in Simi Valley, California, February 28, 2007.

Wikipedia has an interesting take on heart disease. Here is an excerpt:

The Polymeal is a diet-based approach to combating heart disease, proposed in December 2004 by Oscar Franco, a Colombian public health scientist at the University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The study claims that adherence to the polymeal diet would delay the average onset of  a heart attack by nine years among men and by eight years among women. Because cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of mortality in first- world nations, this delay of heart failure would increase the average lifespan of men by six years and women by 5.5 years.

The researchers combined several food items already known to reduce the risk of heart disease, such as red wine, dark chocolate(without dairy), almonds, garlic, oily fish which are sources of Omega-3s, and of course, fruit & vegetables

Since the Polymeal is based on principles of combating inflammation, this diet could be extended to the following foods:

  • fruits and vegetables (as the staple)
  • potatoes
  • fish (other than catfish & tilapia)
  • grass-fed beef (as opposed to grain-fed)
  • chicken & eggs
  • herbs & spices
  • olive oil
  • butter (ghee)
  • coconut oil
  • nuts
  • dark chocolate (at least 85% chocolate)
  • lots of water
  • green tea
  • red wine (dry & aged)

Most of the items on the above list are fairly common and should not present a problem, in my estimation. I happen to like dark chocolate and even like it when it is 90% cacao.

So, while looking for a red dress or top to wear on Friday, go to the supermarket and buy some of the above foods to be good to your heart!  Maybe some cherry tomatoes, red radishes or red bell pepper for your salad…♥

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