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Manage Your Cholesterol to Improve Your Heart Health

The heart muscle thrives on a continuous supply of oxygen-rich blood from arteries on its surface, called coronary arteries. When cholesterol builds up in the arteries, blood flow slows down, and the result can be chest pain, or angina.

The accumulated cholesterol in the arterial walls are called plaques. These plaques

Add These Lesser-Known Legumes to Your Healthy Pantry

New Year’s brings a brief boost in popularity for black-eyed peas, the key ingredient in the traditional Southern celebratory dish of Hoppin’ John. But if you’re looking for a nutritional bargain, black-eyed peas (aka cowpeas) should be a year-round staple in your pantry.
So should another lesser-known legume, garbanzo beans (aka

Fill Your Nutrient Shortfall

When scientists observe that lots of people within our population don’t meet their needs for particular nutrients, they are dubbed “shortfall nutrients.” Here are four essential nutrients most likely to be insufficient in your diet, based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and simple strategies on how to

Fiber-Rich Plant Foods Aid in Colon Cancer Prevention

Eating enough fiber has been linked with cancer prevention in many studies, but the most convincing evidence is for the role fiber plays in colon health. Fiber most clearly protects against colorectal cancer—in one study, the participants’ risk of colorectal cancer dropped 10 percent for each 10-gram increase in the

New Thinking About Acute Diverticulitis

Once you’ve reached age 65, there’s a more than 50 percent chance you have diverticulosis, the development of small pockets, or diverticula, in the muscular layers of the colon. Most of the time these pockets are harmless.
However, about four out of 100 people with diverticulosis develop acute diverticulitis, inflammation or

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