Friday, December 13, 2013

Why Dark Chocolate Might Be Good for Your Heart

Dr. Victor Marchione
Natural Blaze

Your heart is probably the most important organ in your body. Five quarts of blood flows through it every minute. By the end of a day, your heart has pumped almost 2,000 gallons of blood and your heart muscle will have beat 100,000 times. Your heart is an astonishingly efficient and tireless worker. Without a doubt, your heart is the hardest-working muscle in your body.

The heart is made up of four chambers. Each chamber has a valve that lets blood in and out. The two upper chambers of your heart let blood in, while the two lower chambers pump blood out.

Now what about the system of blood vessels that carry blood to the rest of your body? Blood vessels take blood to every part of your body, carrying life-giving oxygen and nutrients to cells. These same blood vessels pick up waste products like carbon dioxide and carry them away. There are three basic types of blood vessels: veins, arteries, and capillaries.