Three surprising cardio boosters

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The treatment of those with cardiac disease cost more than $100 million per year in the U.S. in 2013 and many have predicted that amount will double by the year 2030 as baby-boomers are continuing to enter old age.

There are many recommendations out there to improve cardiac health: quitting smoking, cutting back on fatty food keeping cholesterol under control and exercising are all highly recommended for those who want to keep their heart and circulatory system in peak operating condition. However, there are also some less known cardiac boosters that heart health enthusiasts can look into to keep their optimally.

Hibiscus flower tea 
According to Care2.com, hibiscus flower tea may be a huge aid to those looking to lower their blood pressure. The lightly cranberry flavored tea acts a diuretic and brings down the volume of water in the body. It is also naturally packed with phytonutrients called anthocyanins that work to block the compounds that cause blood vessel constriction.

Black walnuts
English, or black, walnuts are rich in antioxidants and contain minerals and fatty acids such as linoleic acid and linolenic acid. A 2011 study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin also demonstrated that the consumption of 1 ounce of black walnuts per day were linked to improved blood lipid levels and superior processing of consumed saturated fats{,} with no side effects such as weight gain. Though researchers did advise more study, they noted that black walnuts could be added to a cardio-protective regime.

Vitamin C
The ultimate health utility player, vitamin C has been linked to general improved immune response and to being helpful against specific conditions like the common cold. It can also help your heart, notes Care2.com. The vitamin has been linked to such favorable health events such as potentially reducing high blood pressure; preventing the hardening of the arteries, lowering cholesterol and repairing damaged arterial walls.

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