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7 Heart-Friendly Foods

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Our current fast-paced life and erroneous food habits have propelled us to lead very unhealthy lives. It is, therefore, imperative that we stop for some introspection and understand how much harm we are causing ourselves. Indulging in junk and processed food leads to hiking levels of bad cholesterol that inevitably push us towards cardiovascular diseases. But is there no going back? As a matter of fact, there is, and here is how:

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  1. Dark Chocolate: Everybody loves some chocolate. But did you know it could keep your heart healthy? Dark chocolate is made from cocoa that contains antioxidants called flavonoids. These flavonoids are responsible for preventing your blood from clotting, reducing inflammation, and regulating blood pressure, thereby preventing your heart from going into overdrive under any circumstances. However, remember that it is dark chocolate that is beneficial, not milk chocolate.

 

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  1. Tomatoes: Red, luscious tomatoes are extremely useful for the upkeep of your health. Tomatoes contain anthocyanin called lycopene that gives it the red color. This pigment is also an antioxidant, and it helps to lower the levels of Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL), or ‘bad’ cholesterol, as we know it, in the body. It also helps keep blood vessels dilated and reduces the risks of a cardiac attack. Also, tomatoes are low in calories as well as has low sugar content, so you can enjoy them without restraint.

 

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  1. Green Tea: While most people indulge in a warm cup of green tea to kickstart their day with gusto, most seldom realize the benefits they provide. Green tea contains antioxidants called catechins, which prolong longevity by treating heart diseases. The antioxidants suppress the inflammatory response of your body caused due to lipids and triglyceride deposits. Scientists have discovered that people who drink as many as twelve ounces of green tea every day have much lower risks of succumbing to a heart attack than those who don’t at all.

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  1. Almonds: Nuts, on the whole, are considered great for health. Almonds contain omega-3 fatty acids that is one of the healthy fats required by your body to increase the levels of High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL), or what we cal “good” cholesterol. This cholesterol keeps your heart healthy and comprises fats that burn quickly without forming deposits. Almonds also contain vitamin E, another nutrient that helps regulate the levels of LDL in your blood. Also, the relatively high calorie and fiber content in almonds make them an excellent choice for weight management.

 

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  1. Red Wine: You might be wondering, why red wine? Well, studies have found that red wine, or any other alcohol in small amounts, can, in fact, protect your heart. Red wine, though, contains polyphenols that provide added benefits to your health. Resveratrol, the polyphenol in red wine, helps lower cholesterol levels in your blood. However, more than a drink or two every day can prove to be stressful for your liver and cause harm.

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  1. Berries: All berries are high sources of antioxidants. Blueberries have the highest antioxidant content, as well as anti-inflammatory properties. They contain the pigment anthocyanin as well as an antioxidant like flavonoids that dilate your blood vessels and reduce instances of cardiac arrests. They also contain an adequate amount of fiber that facilitates weight management as well as helps to flush the toxins out of your body.

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  1. Salmon: Seafood, especially salmon, is the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids. It can cure arrhythmia or irregular pulse rate and plaque build-up in the arteries. Both these conditions affect your heart and cause various diseases. Salmon also lowers your lipid profiles and helps keep your heart healthy.

Try these foods and dial back on good health. Most importantly, have a balanced diet and do regular exercise. It will ensure optimum health as well as keep your heart in a great condition.

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Biden to Ban Menthol Cigarettes, Citing Health Impact on Youth and Black People

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The Biden administration is reportedly planning to propose an immediate ban on menthol cigarettes, a product that has long been targeted by anti-smoking advocates and critics who claim that the tobacco industry has aggressively marketed to Black people in the U.S.

On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the administration could announce a ban on menthol and other flavored cigarettes as soon as this week.

Roughly 85 percent of Black smokers use such menthol brands as Newport and Kool, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Research has also found that menthol cigarettes are easier to become addicted to and harder to quit than unflavored tobacco products, along with other small cigars popular with young people and African Americans.

Civil rights advocates claim that the decision should be greeted by Black communities and people of color who have been marketed to by what they describe as the predatory tobacco industry.

Black smokers generally smoke far less than white smokers, but suffer a disproportionate amount of deaths due to tobacco-linked diseases like heart attack, stroke, and other causes.

Anti-smoking advocates like Matthew L. Myers, president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, also greeted the move to cut out products that appeal to children and young adults.

“Menthol cigarettes are the No. 1 cause of youth smoking in the United States,” he said. “Eliminating menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars used by so many kids will do more in the long run to reduce tobacco-related disease than any action the federal government has ever taken.”

However, groups including the American Civil Liberties Group (ACLU) has opposed the move, citing the likelihood that such an action could lead to criminal penalties arising from the enforcement of a ban hitting communities of color hardest.

In a letter to administration officials, the ACLU and other groups including the Drug Policy Alliance said that while the ban is “no doubt well-intentioned” it would also have “serious racial justice implications.”

“Such a ban will trigger criminal penalties, which will disproportionately impact people of color, as well as prioritize criminalization over public health and harm reduction,” the letter explained. “A ban will also lead to unconstitutional policing and other negative interactions with local law enforcement.”

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Pollution Is Making Human Penises Shrink and Causing a Collapse of Fertility, Scientists Say

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With many still scoffing at the idea of rampant pollution posing a threat to humanity, a new study could drastically change the conversation: the chemicals across our environment could be the cause of shrinking human penises.

According to a new book by Dr. Shanna H. Swan, conditions in the modern world are quickly altering the reproductive development of humans and posing a threat to our future as a species.

The argument is laid out in her new book Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.

The book discusses how pollution is not only leading to skyrocketing erectile dysfunction rates and fertility decline, but also an expansion in the number of babies born with small penises.

While it may seem like good fodder for jokes, the research could portend a grim future for humanity’s ability to survive.

Swan co-authored a study in 2017 that found sperm counts had precipitously fallen in Western countries by 59 percent between 1973 and 2011. In her latest book, Swan blames chemicals for this crisis in the making.

“Chemicals in our environment and unhealthy lifestyle practices in our modern world are disrupting our hormonal balance, causing various degrees of reproductive havoc,” she wrote in the new book.

“In some parts of the world, the average twentysomething woman today is less fertile than her grandmother was at 35,” she also wrote, noting that men could have only half the sperm count of their grandfathers.

Swan blames the disruption on phthalates, the chemicals used in plastic manufacturing that also have an impact on how the crucial hormone endocrine is produced

However, experts note that the proper implementation of pollution reduction measures could help humanity prevent the collapse of human fertility.

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Visualizing The World’s Deadliest Pandemics By Population Impact

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Humanity has been battling against disease for centuries.

And while most contagious outbreaks have never reached full-blown pandemic status, Visual Capitalist’s Carmen Ang notes that there have been several times throughout history when a disease has caused mass devastation.

Here’s a look at the world’s deadliest pandemics to date, viewed from the lens of the impact they had on the global population at the time.

Editor’s note: The above graphic was created in response to a popular request from users after viewing our popular history of pandemics infographic initially released a year ago.

Death Toll, by Percent of Population

In the mid-1300s, a plague known as the Black Death claimed the lives of roughly 200 million people – more than 50% of the global population at that time.

Here’s how the death toll by population stacks up for other significant pandemics, including COVID-19 so far.

The specific cause of the Black Death is still up for debate. Many experts claim the 14th-century pandemic was caused by a bubonic plague, meaning there was no human-to-human transmission, while others argue it was possibly pneumonic.

Interestingly, the plague still exists today – however, it’s significantly less deadly, thanks to modern antibiotics.

History Repeats, But at Least We Keep Learning

While we clearly haven’t eradicated infection diseases from our lives entirely, we’ve at least come a long way in our understanding of what causes illness in the first place.

In ancient times, people believed gods and spirits caused diseases and widespread destruction. But by the 19th century, a scientist named Louis Pasteur (based on findings by Robert Koch) discovered germ theory – the idea that small organisms caused disease.

What will we discover next, and how will it impact our response to disease in the future?

Like this? Check out the full-length article The History of Pandemics

Republished from ZH with permission.

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