London, UK (PRWEB UK) 20 April 2013
According to a new study from researchers at Spain's Miguel Hernández University, cloves can help protect against heart disease as they have high levels of phenols, a type of antioxidant which is found naturally in some essential oils that have strong antiseptic and antibacterial properties. With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine explored other spices that can help prevent heart disease, using the British Heart Foundation’s new book, Everyday Spice: The heart-healthy way to make over 60 of your favourite recipes, for inspiration.
Yourwellness Magazine reported that eating habits play a major role in reducing heart conditions. “For example, regularly eating too much salt is directly linked to raised blood pressure and most people today consume way above the recommended daily maximum of 6g.” However, the article also explained that Everyday Spice is full of recipes that use herbs and spices which not only serve as a replacement for salt, but also provide powerfully beneficial nutrients.
Yourwellness Magazine listed five main spices which have benefits for heart health:
1. Garlic – Contains allacin which has beneficial effects on the circulatory system. Used to lower cholesterol, thin the blood, reduce blood pressure, control infections and lower inflammation.
2. Onions – Contains quercetin which prevents chronic inflammation. Also used to lower cholesterol, inhibit the hardening of arteries, maintain healthy blood pressure and enhance the elasticity of blood vessels.
3. Turmeric – Contains curcumin which is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Used to lower blood pressure and the risk of unwanted blood clots.
4. Ginger – Used as a blood thinner and anti-inflammatory in order to dilate blood vessels and increase energy production in heart cells.
5. Cayenne pepper – Contains capsaicin which is a powerful antioxidant. Used to lower blood pressure and treat heart conditions such as abnormal rhythms and atherosclerosis.
Everyday Spice: The heart-healthy way to make over 60 of your favourite recipes, is available for £9.99 from http://www.giftshop.bhf.org.uk or via 0845 246 4050.
For more information, visit the gateway to living well at http://www.yourwellness.com