Kardea Spices Up Heart Healthy Mediterranean Diet

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Rob Leighton, author of "The Kardea Gourmet: Smart & Delicious Eating for a Healthy Heart," launches gourmet, high antioxidant spice blends to support a heart healthy Mediterranean diet.

“Beyond their great flavors,” says Leighton, “these spices and herbs are a great source of antioxidants."

Author and entrepreneur Rob Leighton has introduced a line of Mediterranean spice blends to support heart healthy eating.

Research now spanning three decades has shown that a traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease. In fact, more recent studies have demonstrated that a Mediterranean diet lowers the risks of not only heart attacks and strokes, but also cancer and the incidence of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.

A Mediterranean diet builds on a foundation of vegetables, fruit, grains, healthier oils and seafood. Other foods, including wine, are used in moderation. Spices and herbs are used extensively in Mediterranean cuisines.

The Kardea spice blends bring together the flavors of different regions of the Mediterranean: Classic Mediterranean Blend for Italian and Greek recipes, French Fine Herb Blend, Phoenician Spice Blend bringing the flavors of Israel, Lebanon and Syria, as well as North African Spice Blend and Trade Routes Sweet Spice Blend. The five different blends come together to deliver over 30 different herbs and spices.

“I created the spice blends to make great tasting, healthful recipes easier to prepare,” says Leighton. Leighton co-authored "The Kardea Gourmet: Smart and Delicious Eating for a Healthy Heart" with Mayo Clinic trained cardiologist, Dr. Richard Collins. Collins is a nationally recognized practitioner in the use of diet and lifestyle changes to prevent, treat and reverse cardiovascular disease.

“Beyond their great flavors,” says Leighton, “these spices and herbs are a great source of antioxidants and they support efforts to reduce the amount of salt used in the foods we love."

Blending enhances the health properties of spices, delivering a range of nutrients that have been found to work in different, but reinforcing, ways. The Mediterranean spice blends are available for purchase from Kardea's online store.

About Kardea Nutrition LLC: At Kardea, which means ‘heart’ in Greek, our goal is to provide the educational tools and food products that enable individuals to enjoy the heart healthy eating that promotes long and vital living while naturally improving blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugars and inflammatory levels.

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