Love, chocolate and red wine 'good for heart'

   Feb 14, 4:22 pm

Washington, Feb 14 (ANI): Eating dark chocolates, drinking red wine and being involved in a healthy, loving relationship are good for the heart, says a cardiologist.

"There are a couple of different theories behind why that might be," said Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologist Julie Damp, M.D.

People who are married or who are in close, healthy relationships tend to be less likely to smoke, are more physically active and are more likely to have a well-developed social structure, she said.

They are also more likely to have lower levels of stress and anxiety in their day-to-day lives.

"There is a theory that people who are in loving relationships may experience neuro-hormonal changes that have positive effects on the body, including the cardiovascular system," Damp said, explaining that there are certain hormone levels in the body that vary depending on the level of an individual's stress and anxiety.

"This has not been proven, but the idea is that being in a relationship that is positive may have positive effects on your cardiovascular system over long periods of time," Damp said.

In fact, studies have shown that relationships that involve conflict or negativity are associated with an increase in risk for coronary artery disease.

Studies also suggest dark chocolates and red wine are good for the heart, as well.

Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants. Antioxidants have positive effects on many different body systems including the cardiovascular system. The high concentration of cocoa in dark chocolate appears to be what offers the flavonoid benefit.

"Dark chocolate has been shown to be associated with lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar levels and improvement in the way your blood vessels dilate and relax," Damp said.

Further study is needed to know exactly which type of chocolate and how much of it is the most beneficial, but studies have shown that people who eat chocolate more than once a week have lower risks of heart disease and stroke compare to people who eat it less frequently.

Flavonoids are also present in red wine. Multiple observational studies have shown that moderate alcohol consumption, which is one drink a day for women and one to two for men, is associated with lower rates of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks.

However, Damp cautions that there is not enough evidence to encourage people who don't currently drink to start drinking. (ANI)

New progress in treatment for Dengue fever Aug 1, 1:44 pm
Washington, Aug 1 (ANI): A new study has found that the seeds of the Moreton Bay Chestnut tree contain a medicine called Celgosivir, which is commonly considered safe for people suffering from dengue virus.
Full Story
MACS rebuts CAG report on HIV positive cases rising to 40,855 in Manipur Aug 1, 10:30 am
Imphal, August 1 (ANI): Manipur AIDS Control Society (MACS) has rebutted the CAG report that was presented in Manipur legislative assembly; HIV positive cases in Manipur have increased greatly alleging the poor performance and unsatisfactory results in curbing new infections in high-risk individuals.
Full Story
Breastfeeding lowers risk of cardiovascular, metabolic diseases in kids Jul 31, 2:36 pm
Washington, July 31 (ANI): A new study has found that birth weight and breastfeeding both have implications for children's health decades later.
Full Story
Soy-rich diet helps women's heart stay healthy Jul 31, 2:35 pm
Washington, July 31 (ANI): A new study has found that a diet rich in soy helps in keeping women's heart healthy.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY