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Heart Health

Life Choices for a Healthy Heart

Let's take a good look at the basics of sound nutrition for a healthy heart and cardiovascular system. The blood vessels throughout your body and the ones supplying circulation to your heart must stay clean, supple and resilient for your heart to work normally. There are certain foods you should be eating on a regular basis to keep healthy both your heart and its huge supply of blood vessels, the vascular network. Not surprisingly, there are also some foods you should be avoiding.

Beef Heart Chili

A wonderful warm dish for a winter's evening that nourishes your heart.

Chili made with ground beef and beef heart and a flavorful array of spices is the perfect meaty meal. Although many people think that chili must contain beans - difficult to digest and of questionable value - a true chili is based on the chili powder and some hearty food to carry the spicy flavors. Enjoy this chili - easy to make and easier to eat!

Magnesium

Magnesium is a chemical element that chemists refer to by the symbol Mg, but Mg never exists by itself anywhere on the planet. It is embedded in rocks, or molten in earth, or dissolved in seawater.

Magnesium is essential to life, found in every living cell and involved in every physiological process we rely on to live. Our energy currency is called ATP, and magnesium is essential for its production and utilization. Magnesium plays a vital role in the contraction and relaxation of muscles, including skeletal muscles, as well as the of the gastrointestinal tract, and muscles regulating blood flow, blood pressure and breathing passages. Our heart is a muscle, and regulation of the electrical and muscular function of the heart depends on magnesium. Optimal mental and emotional function require adequate magnesium for neurotransmitter and hormone production.