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5. Change Your Lifestyle and Lower Your Risks

This medication will lower your LDL cholesterol. That drug may reduce your risk of heart attacks. Another one will reduce your triglycerides.
Whatever medications you see advertised on air or in print, they all have one thing in common: They should augment the lifestyle changes you’ll need to make to manage

Best Omega-3 Supplement: Flaxseed Oil vs. Fish Oil

Best Omega-3 Supplement: Flaxseed Oil vs. Fish Oil

Have you heard the claim that the best omega-3 supplement is a vegetarian omega-3? The fish oil vs. flaxseed oil debate has been going on for years but recently came to the forefront again. Some well-known natural health experts say that it’s better to get your long-chain omega-3 fatty acids

6. Healthful Fats

At one time, low-fat diets were believed to be healthy. Now, findings from hundreds of studies have revealed that it’s not the amount of fat; it’s the type of fat that’s most important.
You need an adequate amount of fat—about 45 to 75 grams per day on average—in your diet to help you absorb nutrients, increase your

3. Fruits and Vegetables

Moderation in all things, the proverb advises—except fruits and vegetables. You’d be hard-pressed to find a nutritionist who speaks ill of plant foods. They are the bedrock of a heart-healthy diet, whatever its form. And the more the better, with few exceptions. If you want to live a longer, healthier

4. Feeding Your Brain

While the most important nutritional protection you can give your brain involves eating an overall healthy dietary pattern, it’s also true that certain specific foods and food groups seem to be especially important for brain health (see Box 4-1, “Brain Food”). Fortunately, these brain-healthy choices are also good for your

7. Picking High-Quality Protein

Older Adults May Need More
If you’ve dismissed the drumbeat of marketing products packed with protein as mostly hype, you’re a smart consumer: Most Americans get plenty of protein already. However, an emerging scientific consensus says older adults may gain benefits from increasing their protein intake beyond the current dietary recommendations.

7. Fats

Although they have a bad reputation, fats (also called “fatty acids”) actually perform many essential functions in the body. They are necessary for the formation of cell membranes and are converted to chemical regulators in the body that affect inflammation, blood clotting, blood vessel dilation, and more. Dietary fats help

4. Essential Nutrients For Heart and Brain

Through observational studies and randomized clinical trials, scientists have pieced together much of the puzzle of how individual vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients affect human health (see Box 4-1, “Making Sense of Nutrition Studies”). You can go a long way toward making sure you obtain the nutrients essential for a

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