Starting your day with a cup of tea will not only put you in an alert mood, you’ll also feel more relaxed as the L-theanine it contains has been found to lower the stress hormone cortisol. Over the long-term, drinking at least three cups of tea per day may also help keep your heart healthy – research shows it’s associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Flavonoid antioxidants found in tea improve the elasticity and flexibility of blood vessels as well as reducing oxidative damage – the hardening of arteries.
Linseeds contain three heart-friendly nutrients: omega-3 polyunsaturated fats, the phytoestrogen lignans and soluble fibre. A 2008 study in China published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that consuming 600mg of dietary linseed lignan extract each day for eight weeks not only reduced total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, but also blood glucose levels. Linseeds are also important for bowel health, helping to keep you regular.