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A healthy heart diet for islanders

KATE Forsyth, a senior writer in BeHealthy, has posted an in-depth article titled “Turmeric and Its 20 Amazing Health Benefits You Didn’t Know About.”

According to the article, turmeric reduces the risk of heart diseases. “A study of about 121 patients undergoing coronary artery bypass disease showed a positive response to turmeric. There was a 65 percent decreased heart attack rate for patients who were given a dose every day.”

Forsyth said curcumin, a substance in turmeric, has a positive effect on your endothelium, which is the lining of your blood vessels.  Endothelium is responsible for regulating blood clots, blood pressure, and all other factors that lead to many heart diseases.

Researchers at the University of Toronto found that curcumin blocks a wide range of biochemical reactions involved in cardiac hypertrophy (enlargement of the heart chambers), inflammation, and fibrosis.

Nuts or seeds are also beneficial to the human heart. Tahitian or Palau chestnuts are Vitamin B12-rich nuts that have a significant amount of folate or folic acid in them that can help arrest the onset of hyperhomocysteinemia which is “a medical condition characterized by an abnormally high level of homocysteine in the blood.” Homocysteine, for its part, is a non-protein amino acid whose high levels are associated with inflammation and damage to blood vessels.

A study conducted by researchers Gary Fraser from Loma Linda University, François Mariotti from AgroParisTech and the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, found that meat protein is associated with a sharp increased risk of heart disease while protein from nuts and seeds is beneficial to the human heart. The study, which was published online by the International Journal of Epidemiology, found that people who consumed large amounts of meat protein experienced a 60 percent increase in cardiovascular disease or CVD, while people who consumed large amounts of protein from nuts and seeds experienced a 40 percent reduction in CVD.

It is always safe to consult your doctor before trying a new diet.