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Mediterranean fish dishes are good for heart and circulatory problems

In 2014, heart and circulatory diseases were the Number 1 cause of death in Germany accounting for over 38.9% of all deaths. Usually the problems are preceded by the gradual advance of what's commonly called "hardening of the arteries" generally lumped together under the name arteriosclerosis. Arteriosclerosis can lead to heart attacks and strokes. There are several factors thought to cause arteriosclerosis, including high cholesterol and high lipids (triglycerides) in your blood. These in turn can be the result of eating too many fatty and animal-based foods. Other prominent factors include overweight, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and stress. But age, gender and genetic factors also seem to play a role.

Eating to protect your heart and arteries

Both to prevent arteriosclerosis and to slow the progress of the disease, medical advice is to eat a balanced diet and especially to reduce consumption of saturated fats and cholesterol. Adopting a Mediterranean diet makes it easy to do all this. The fresh ingredients are rich in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and dietary fibre. Vitamins C and E have a positive effect on arteries and veins. Magnesium and potassium are important for heart contractions; dietary fibre boosts "good" cholesterol and lowers "bad" cholesterol. Mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as those in olive oil, and the omega 3 fatty acids in fish are all important your heart and circulatory system.

A Mediterranean diet features a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs, fish and olive oil, so it's the ideal diet to protect your heart and circulatory system. Also helpful are pressed raw vegetable juices, such as artichoke juice, which are available from some pharmacies and healthfood shops. There are substances in artichokes that can reduce cholesterol levels, mistletoe juice protects the arteries and promotes good circulation, while whitethorn juice strengthens the heart.

Source: Wirths PR