North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

Health

February 12, 2009

Think heart health this Valentine’s Day

Health Watch By Sherry Mullenix

The North Jefferson News




February is the month to pay attention to the heart, both figurative, and literally. After all, it’s the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day.

The holiday is named after one of many early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

An alternative theory from Belarus states that the holiday originates from the story of Saint Valentine, who upon rejection by his girlfriend, was so heartbroken that he took a knife to his chest and sent her his still-beating heart as a token of his undying love for her.

Hence, heart-shaped cards are now sent as a tribute to his overwhelming passion we have for someone. Today, it’s a day of romance full of chocolate and sweet treats.

February has also been designated by the American Heart Association as “American Heart Month.” So, it’s a good idea to think of your loved ones heart in more than one way this month.

Chocolate, wine and romance aren’t just the quickest ways to your true love’s heart. A study done by the University of Michigan Health System says these traditions may protect the ticker as well, and make it jump with excitement.

Don’t feel guilty if you bring home a box of chocolates for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day. Chocolates contain a substance known as antioxidants that are cardiac and vascular protective. These antioxidants are known as “flavonoids” and are also found in fruits, vegetables, teas and red and white wines. These products help reduce the risk of blood clots and heart disease.

The amount of flavonoids in a particular type of chocolate depends on the type of chocolate and the processing. White chocolate contains the least, while dark chocolate contains the most. So the benefits of chocolate goes beyond just the good taste.

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