Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is claiming the lives of about 110 women in South Africa every day. Dr Suzette Fourie, a prominent South African cardiologist, suggests that the increase in women dying from CVD is either due to doctors misdiagnosing women, or women misinterpreting the signs of a heart attack.
With September being National Heart Awareness Month it is a good time to improve awareness of CVD among women, which is preventable in so many cases.
Easy habits you can cultivate to decrease your risk include regular exercise, healthy eating, and drinking Rooibos tea – experts indicate that this significantly reduces a woman’s risk of contracting heart disease.
The main heart-health-promoting element in Rooibos tea is Chrysoeriol – an antioxidant that helps to prevent and treat vascular disease by inhibiting the migration of smooth muscle cells inside the aorta – a key cause of the narrowing or hardening of the arteries that may lead to a heart attack. Chrysoeriol is also an effective bronchodilator, and helps to lower blood pressure and relieve spasms.
Incorporating Rooibos tea into your diet of whole grains, fish, fruit and vegetables could significantly decrease your risk of heart disease.