Beyond Valentine’s Day, February presents awareness for several noteworthy causes. From a few beloved fruits to heart health, observe or celebrate the second month of the year with these.
February Is National Month of …
American Heart Month
Foremost, February is American Heart Health Month. Heart disease continues to dominate America’s mortality rate. The American Heart Association‘s research states that heart attacks assume some 597,000+ lives a year.
Although National grapefruit month shares the same month of awareness as American Heart Awareness, the softball sized fruit is not recommended for people, who suffer from cardiovascular disease, taking medication for the heart.
Did you know… The Harvard Medical School Family notes that grapefruits interact with various prescriptions related to heart health. Bottom line: If you’re on a blood pressure medication, a calcium blocker, or statin, check the prescription details for interactions.
February: National Cherry Month
The correlation in February between American Heart Month and cherries is noteworthy. February is also recognized as National Cherry Month. And, several clinical studies, documented at National Cherries that antioxidants, referred to as anthocyanins and other synergistic effects aid in preying the heart and related diseases.
Rich in potassium and other antioxidants, cherries are also known for alleviating the symptoms of gout, arthritis and other joint muscular inflammation.
Fast fruit recipe: For a delectable and nutritious snack, clean and pit cherries. Then, cut grapefruit into slices. Blend cherries in with grapefruit (and enjoy).
February is national awareness month for several causes unrelated to fruit. For instance, February also happens to be National Pet Dental Health, Termite Awareness Month, National Wedding Month and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
Share your story with grapefruit, cherries or any of other fruits.