Protect your ticker this month, and all year round, with these good-for-your-heart tips!
DRINK POMEGRANATE JUICE
Sipping on pomegranate juice and snacking on dates—no, this isn’t a scene out of a painting, it’s a heart-healthy combo, according to Israeli researchers. Drinking half a glass of pomegranate juice paired with three dates can help keep plaque from building up in your arteries.
In cell trials, as well as in mouse trials, this pomegranate-date combo reduced oxidative stress in the arterial wall by 33 percent and decreased arterial cholesterol by 28 percent. The researchers believe it’s the combination of the polyphenolic antioxidants in pomegranates with the phenolic radical scavenger antioxidants in the dates that helps keep your arteries clear.