Mediterranean Diet for Heart Health
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on February 28, 2013 by Paulina Nelega, RH
‘Heart Health’ month may be coming to a close, but a healthy heart is something we want to maintain every month of the year!
Inflammation in the arterial blood vessels of the cardiovascular system is a leading cause of heart disease. It causes damage to the walls of the vessels, making them more susceptible to cholesterol (a waxy type of fat) being deposited along their lining, narrowing and eventually blocking them. Damage in the vessels from inflammation can also cause formation of small clots; these can break off and travel to the brain or lungs, increasing the risk of stroke.
A healthy diet (such as the Mediterranean diet) that favors whole foods, healthy oils and fats, and that limits processed foods including trans-fats and refined/excess sugars—which contribute to inflammation—will help keep your heart healthy, year-round!
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan