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4. Heart-Healthy Dietary Patterns

Macronutrients. Micronutrients. Plant foods. Animal foods. What matters most is that you understand how to use them to lay the groundwork for healthy eating. In that respect, think of them as bricks in the road leading you to a potentially life-changing destination: a heart-healthy dietary pattern.
Focus more on your overall

Seeds: Small in Size, Big in Nutrition

It’s easy to overlook seeds when you’re planning healthy meals, but they provide a big bang for your nutrition buck. Many varieties of seeds contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid. Research has shown that ALA can help protect blood vessels from inflammatory damage and lower the

What Causes Cholesterol Abnormalities?

What Causes Cholesterol Abnormalities?

A number of factors—some preventable, others not—can cause abnormal cholesterol levels, or dyslipidemia, in the blood. Here are the factors that you can control:

A Poor Diet

Diets high in saturated fat and trans fat are linked to higher LDL cholesterol levels. Saturated fats are found in animal products, especially fatty red meat (beef

Chocolate Benefits for Your Brain: Memory and Mood Improvement

Chocolate Benefits for Your Brain: Memory and Mood Improvement

Eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate benefits health in many ways. In fact, chocolate is now considered an anti-aging, anti-inflammatory “superfood” for the brain and body. Studies examining the health benefits of chocolate continue to reveal new and exciting chocolate benefits, particularly in the realms of cognitive function, mood, and

Spices That Can Improve Your Health

Your spice cabinet is a treasure trove of both interesting flavors and health benefits. Spices not only provide flavor without sodium, they also can lower blood pressure and even improve heart health. Yet, many people still use only a handful of what’s in their cabinet for most of their cooking

Eating to Improve Your Heart

Many risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes, can be improved with changes in diet. Accompanied by a healthy exercise regimen, the suggestions below may even help some people reduce the number and/or dosage of medications they take.
Choose Good Fats
Consuming foods

Is Wine Healthy?

Is Wine Healthy?

It’s a logical question to ask if you’re enjoying a glass after a long day at work: Is wine healthy? Research has shown that drinking wine every day—following some important guidelines, of course—may provide adults with multiple health benefits. First, it’s important to keep in mind that the American Heart

6. Medications That Manage Your Cholesterol

You could be following a heart-healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and optimizing your weight and still not have your lipids and cardiovascular risk level where they need to be. When lifestyle changes aren’t enough to control your cholesterol, your physician may prescribe a medication to help you out.
Fortunately, you have

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