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Chocolate and Heart Health

Magnesium is a mineral that the body needs for more than 300 biochemical reactions. It cannot be created within the body, and must be ingested in order to help maintain muscle, bone and nerve function, keep a steady heart rhythm and blood pressure, create a strong immune system and regulate blood sugar levels.

Foods high in Magnesium include green vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds. Another excellent source of magnesium is cocoa, especially powdered cocoa. When under stress, we use up a lot of magnesium.

Chocolate cravings may be a sign of magnesium deficiency, because chocolate is high in magnesium. Other signs of low magnesium include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness.

Before supplementing Magnesium, it is important to talk it over with your Naturopathic Doctor. Each patient’s health is unique. Your ND can discuss with you how best to supplement magnesium in your diet.

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The 8 Best Foods for your Heart

Salmon – Immensely rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon can reduce blood pressure and minimize blood clots. 2-3 servings per weeks may reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack by up to 1/3. Other fish like salmon are mackerel, tuna, herring and sardines will also boost your heart health.

Avocado – Packed with monounsaturated fat, and can help lower LDL while raising HDL.

Walnuts – High in Omega 3 fatty acids walnuts are a heart-healthy snack.

Berries – Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are full of anti-inflammatories, which aid in reducing your risk of heart disease and cancer.

Legumes – Lentils, chickpeas, and black and kidney beans are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and soluble fiber.

Spinach – Is said to keep your heart in tip-top shape. It’s full of lutein, folate, potassium and fiber.

Flaxseed – Full of fiber and omega-3 and omega- 6 fatty acids.

Olive Oil – Full of monounsaturated fats, it can lower the LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.