Valentine’s Day Cocktail Healthy? Love, Chocolate, Wine?

Valentine’s Day Cocktail Healthy? Love, Chocolate and a Glass of Wine?

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A top cardiologist from Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute has said that a Valentine’s Day gift of a box of dark chocolates, a bottle of red wine  and some loving – could be good for the health of your loved one’s heart.

Cardiologist Julie Damp, explained that people who are in a close, healthy relationship tend to be less likely to smoke, are more physically active and are more likely to have a well-developed social structure – as well as having lower anxiety and stress levels.

She goes on to explain:

“There is a theory that people who are in loving relationships may experience neuro-hormonal changes that have positive effects on the body, including the cardiovascular system.

Over the years research has shown that dark chocolate which contains antioxidants (flavonoids) which have positive health effects – including on the cardiovascular system. “Dark chocolate has been shown to be associated with lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar levels and improvement in the way your blood vessels dilate and relax.”

Red wine also contains flavonoids and studies have shown that moderate alcohol consumption, is associated with lower rates of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks.

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