1. Fill up on fiber. Not only does fiber help lower levels ocholesterol, it can aid weight management. Being overweight heart failure by a third, while being obese doubles it. Whi Americans are too heavy, only half get enough fiber. Top s oats, beans, raspberries, blackberries, oranges and g
2. Go bananas. I did when I learned that 99 percent of women men dont get enough potassium in their diet. Responsible fluid balance in our cells, potassium also blunts the effects o Too much sodium and too little potassium is a recipe for hig Strike a healthier balance by cutting back on salt and incre intake with bananas, potatoes, broccoli and k
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4. "Beet" heart disease. Beets contain the antioxidant betankeep LDL cholesterol from clogging your arteries, according toin the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Moreover, is a good source of folic acid, which helps to break down th homocysteine. Top sources of folic acid include spinach, br lettuce and papaya.
5. Become a better listener. University of Baltimore resear people with "dominant personalities" had a 47 percent hig disease when compared to their more patient, passive peerknow if youre "dominant"? Another study identified several the tendency to interrupt!
6. The "L" word your heart truly longs for: lycopene. This phytonutrient -; found in tomatoes, watermelon and pink lower cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation. Harvard rthat eating seven or more servings of tomatoes a week migh cardiovascular disease by 30 percent.
7. Choose healthy fats. Monounsaturated fats (think olive oi when used in place of saturated fats (think butter, bacon, b cholesterol. Another healthy fat - omega-3 - helps reduce Omega-3 sources include wild salmon, walnuts and
8. Dont turn breakfast into break-feast. While skipping brlowers your metabolism, going overboard is no better. A new University at Buffalo found that big fatty breakfasts trigge inflammatory chemicals associated with clogged arteries. So flapjacks and opt for a strawberry-banana smoo
9. Ode to soy. Twenty-five grams of soy protein per day c cholesterol, according to the American Heart Association. S healthy nutrients include folic acid and magnesium (whichnormal blood pressure). Soymilk, edamame, tofu and soynu the many ways to enjoy soy.
10. Go for a raise. In HDL cholesterol, that is. Higher levels cholesterol can be almost as important as low levels of LDkeeping cardiovascular disease at bay. In addition to exercise and limiting trans fats, a University of Scranton study foun cranberry juice could help boost HDL levels