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If you’ve got a heart condition, you’re twice as likely to stay alive by eating a Mediterranean diet—rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish and oils—than taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug.
People with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids—either from fish or supplements—are less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack. Strangely, the fish oils don’t prevent a heart attack; they just increase your chances—by 10 per cent—that you won’t die from it.
Eating salt is bad for our heart, right? Wrong. Despite all the public health warnings, the very reverse seems to be true—salt could prevent a heart attack and stroke. Only people with high blood pressure (hypertension) need to mind their salt intake, say researchers.
Inflammation is recognised as playing a big part in many chronic health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and some cancers—and now scientists have come up with five foods that can prevent it, and even reverse the process once it’s started.
Red wine could be the secret of the ‘French paradox’. Although the typical French diet can be high in fats and sugars, the country has a lower rate of heart disease—and it could be because the wine’s resveratrol counters the bad effects of sugar.
Think exercise and an image of slogging it out in a sweaty gym for ages perhaps comes to mind. Well, think again: scientists reckon that quick bursts of high-intensity exercise could have just as much benefit.
Eating a little dark chocolate every day reduces your insulin resistance, which means you’re less likely to develop diabetes and heart disease.