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Eating red for heart health

Cherries for heart health
Cherries for heart health

'Go red' or 'wear red' have become universal themes promoting heart health during the month of February, which is American Heart Month.  It is also the theme for promoting Women's Heart Health week February 1st through February 7th.  We also need to  'eat red' for heart health.

Health and nutrition experts say we should be eating red to protect out hearts.  Scientists suggest the pigments that make up the red color in many fruits and vegetables like tart cherries and tomatoes, are powerful disease-fighting antioxidants that may help reduce inflammation associated with hardening of the arteries and reduce certain risk factors for heart disease.

A study from the University of Michigan revealed that cherry-enriched diets in animals lowered total blood cholesterol levels and reduced triglycerides, which are major risk factors for heart disease.

Along with the potential heart health benefits, cherries are also one of the few food sources of melatonin, a potent antioxidant that may help improve the body's natural sleep patterns.  Cherries are also a natural food source that is available year round in either fresh, dried or frozen state, and in juice form.

Think red and eat red for your heart health.