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February is Heart Health Month

February is national heart health month so now is a great time to discuss how what we put in our bodies affects our hearts and the rest of our body.

We’ve decided to focus on two ingredients that we use often at zest - Beets and Red Wine, which are both great for heart health.

 Beets are great for heart health

Beet juice is helpful in the treatment of high blood pressure, angina and heart disease. A recent study at London's Mary University found that one small glass of beet juice a day was more effective at lowering high blood pressure than medication.

Beets also have many great qualities, including anti inflammatory, anti-cancer effects from the phytonutrient proanthocyanidin, also, an immunity booster with vitamin C, also high in vitamin B.

Beets are high in the minerals manganese and potassium. Manganese is great for healthy bones, liver, kidney and pancreas. Potassium helps insure healthy nerve and muscle function.

Red Wine for heart health

We've all heard the heart healthy benefits of red wine as well, being full of reservatrol and anti oxidants which prevent heart disease by increasing levels of "good" cholesterol and protecting against artery damage.

Now of course this red wine thing is in moderation, don't get too excited friends and drink the whole bottle!

zest combines both of these heart friendly ingredients to make a great heart healthy drink- beet sangria. If you have not had our beet sangria yet, it is delicious and very popular.

Cheers to a happy heart.

- Casey Staker