Ahhh! A warm cup of tea on a cold winter day may be just what you need to stay toasty during the month of February. Beyond warmth, tea can have many health benefits, including many for your heart health. February is Heart Health Month so we’re soaking up the heart-a-licious benefits of one of our favorite types of teas: Black Tea!
Similar to other popular health teas like green tea and oolong tea, black tea is a bi-product of the Camellia sinensis plant. But unlike its cousin teas, black tea goes through a special fermentation process that makes it darker and more potent. This richly flavored tea is exploding with nutrients and energy. Because oxidized black tea excels at holding in natural flavor, added sugar and creamer can be unnecessary, and help to eliminate lots of added fat and calories.
Cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, is the number one cause of death of men and women in the U.S. But good news came a couple of years ago when a study published in Preventative Medicine indicated that black tea can reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and the likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke. Here’s what the study found:
By drinking three cups of black tea for a 12 week period, both men and women saw an approximate significant reduction in blood sugar levels and triglycerids. The black tea regimen also increased levels of good HDL cholesterol. Additionally, it increased antioxidants in the blood, which protect blood vessels and tissues from inflammation, all of which are important for good heart health.
Antioxidants can have many phenomenal benefits. Black tea in particular contains flavonoids, an antioxidant that improves endothelial function and reduces risk of heart disease. Antioxidants are also excellent defenders against the free radicals that enter our bodies through dietary and lifestyle choices, improving every aspect of our health.
In addition, black tea may lower levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) in those showing increased risk for heart disease. The American Heart Association has associated some higher risk of heart diseases with higher CRP levels.
Lastly, because all-natural black tea requires no additional flavoring, it can be part of a low-fat, low-calorie diet. And the superior nutrients and energy-boost provided by this phenomenal tea helps speed the metabolism and keeps your body burning through fat and calories, even while at rest. Exercising regularly, weight management and maintaining a healthy body mass index are important components of heart health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Zokiva is your black tea heart health destination! We offer delicious black teas in a variety of flavors, including Raspberry Rush, Pumpkin Spice and Earl Gray. We hope you’ll join us as we “drink-up” for heart health this February!
February is the month of hearts. From sharing our love with friends and family around Valentine’s Day, to spreading awareness about heart health for National Heart Health Month, we’re focusing on making ourselves and our loved ones the healthiest and happiest we can be.
Heart health encompasses many aspects of our lives. Because our circulatory system connects every organ, tissue and cell in our bodies, many factors play a role in keeping hearts healthy and beating happily. These factors include: good nutrition for a properly functioning heart and healthy blood, physical activity to supply oxygen to blood, smart lifestyle choices and stress management.
Excellent nutrition is essential to good heart health. Our hearts work hard every day to pump blood throughout our bodies so we have to do our part in helping our hearts along. Namely, we have to fuel our hearts with only the best nutrients to keep it going for many years to come. Many studies have shown that the best nutrients for hearts include:
Omega-3 Fatty Acids that supply EPA and DHA, which can prevent blood clots, keep blood pressure in check, reduce inflammation and manage cholesterol levels. The top food choice for omega-3 fatty acids is fish, such as salmon or tuna.
B Vitamins aid in keeping red blood cells and nerves healthy. It may also lower homocysteine, a non-protein amino acid in the blood that is linked to heart attacks, blood clots and strokes. B Vitamins are commonly found in bran, pistachios and hazelnuts, certain types of seeds, fish and spices, including garlic.
Magnesium helps hearts beat regularly and is often used to treat heart arrhythmia. Magnesium, found in walnuts, is also vital to all of our other organs as well.
Fiber, especially from whole grains, is a great asset for cardiovascular health and has been associated with lowering the risk of heart disease. Fiber can also reduce harmful LDL cholesterol levels. Breads, rice, wheat and grain products are all excellent sources of fiber. Fiber also helps the body feel satiated, which may help to reduce one’s overall caloric intake.
Quercetin is an anti-oxidant that helps prevent blood from clotting. It is naturally found in apples and can help to lower the risk of heart disease.
We have some good news: Moringa contains each of these heart-boosting nutrients! It’s important to eat lean proteins, lots of fruits and vegetables and whole grains to reap the benefits for your heart, but Moringa can ensure you are on a heart-healthy path each and every day. Just two Zokiva Moringa capsules in the morning and two Moringa capsules at night, can keep your ticker healthy and strong.
The Clinical Council on Cardiology says that after a heart-healthy diet, daily exercise is a key factor in maintaining heart health. Exercise increases the heart rate and gets oxygen flowing through the blood, invigorating the body. Studies have also proven that high intensity exercise can reduce LDL cholesterol. Additionally, exercise helps with weight management and maintaining a healthy body mass index, a strong indicator for avoiding cardiovascular disease. Moringa also aids in both exercise and weight management by providing the body with the energy it needs for physical activity, helping to repair broken down muscle tissues, and supplying excellent nutrition to help you feel satiated while revving up your metabolism.
Lastly, lifestyle choices and stress can impact heart health. Smoking is a major cause of heart disease-related heart attacks and strokes. Stress creates a chemical reaction in the body that can increase blood pressure and have a host of other negative physical and emotional consequences. When stress takes hold of our lives, we are more likely to overeat or make poor nutritional choices and be depressed and lethargic. Making positive lifestyle choices that improve our heart health, like not smoking and managing stress, can go a long way in keeping the beats healthy and happy.
This month and throughout the year, we’re celebrating healthy hearts, starting with a daily regimen of Moringa. We heart Moringa! Do you?