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For Heart-Healthy Eating, Up Fats & Reduce Carbs

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Last Reviewed 04/08/2014

Discover why for heart-healthy eating Dr. Sinatra says sugar, not fats, is the real demon in heart disease. Plus, get a recipe for Vibrant Avocado and Veggie Salsa Collard wraps to put heart-healthy eating into action...

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GMO Food Labeling: Is CT a Winner?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Connecticut is the home state of my wife, six grown children, five of our ten grandchildren, and my former clinical practice. Plus, this month that same home state has been front and center in the headlines for  "unanimously" passing a GMO Labeling bill by a vote of with a unanimous 35-1 vote. But while that sounds like a victory, the fight is far from over...
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Maple Syrup Gives You Valuable Health Perks

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The next time you sit down to a breakfast of fluffy pancakes, consider the health benefits of real maple syrup. The golden sweet liquid contains cancer-fighting properties and more. Find out more about the good stuff in this good stuff.

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Filed Under: General Health

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Boost Your Health with Cauliflower

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Brightly colored veggies get more attention than pale cauliflower, but it is packed with just as many health benefits like cancer protection and a good dose of vitamin C. Find out what else this super food can do.
 

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Filed Under: Heart Health

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Season Your Way to Better Heart Health

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Adding seasoning to your food does more than add flavor. The right seasonings can reduce inflammation, balance your metabolism and give you an antioxidant boost. See which 10 heart healthy seasonings you should have in your kitchen right now.
 

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Mood-Boosting Foods

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

When you're feeling stressed or blue, some foods just make you feel better. But they aren't all good for you. Discover the healthiest foods for boosting your mood.

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Filed Under: Mood & Memory

When a Good Deal Can Be a Really Bad Deal

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

I can’t tell you how many CoQ10 products didn’t have anywhere near the strength that the label stated. So, what can you do to ensure you’re getting high-quality CoQ10, or any supplement for that matter? 

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Improper Grilling Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

High heat from an open flame creates highly carcinogenic compounds that are similar to the oxidized cholesterol found in your bloodstream, as well compounds that have been found to increase your risk of several of the most common kinds of cancer.

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Filed Under: General Health

The Health Benefits of Onions

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Last Reviewed 04/16/2014

Discover the health benefits of onions in staving off heart disease, and the best recipes to incorporate onions into your diet, as suggested by Dr. Sinatra.

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The Health Benefits of Watermelon

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Last Reviewed 06/17/2014

Discover from Dr. Stephen Sinatra the health benefits of watermelon, an antioxidant-rich fruit that quenches inflammation, the underlying culprit of heart disease, along with diabetes, colon cancer, arthritis, and asthma.

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Fish: The Wonder Food

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

I have followed the research on fish as a cardio-protective and anti-aging agent for 30 years, and it is a cornerstone of my eating plan for optimal health.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Go Nuts!

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

At times when my travel schedule is hectic that I don’t have time to eat a healthy meal, I go to the nearest health food store and buy some nuts. 

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Figuring Out Food Allergies

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Last Reviewed 06/17/2014

There I was in a very unusual spot to be watching morning television: the dental chair. But drifting back with my mouth literally too full to speak, I heard the sound of another familiar voice chatting away with Kelly Ripa about food allergies—Suzanne Somers.

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Three Tips for Detoxifying

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Every year, people make resolutions to get healthier, lose weight, and generally clean up their acts. And one of the keys to accomplishing all three of those goals is detoxificaiton.

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Apples on My Mind

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Last Reviewed 06/17/2014

We are all familiar with the old adage about an apple a day keeping the doctor away. And while the apple was a suggested culprit in Biblical lore since Adam and Eve, it eventually was assigned to more positive legends, like proving marksmanship for William Tell or supporting the theory of gravity for Sir Isaac Newton.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Eat Well for Heart Health

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The first step in your action plan for treating cardiovascular problems is to live a lifestyle free of the heart risk factors that increase the likelihood that you’ll be affected. 

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The Heart-Brain Connection

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Last Reviewed 04/17/2014

The largest vessel to emerge from the left ventricle is your aorta, and it has two major arteries—the carotids, which branch and send blood directly to the brain. That's why, when dealing with any arrest of the heartbeat, we know that the brain is the first body organ to feel the pinch in blood flow.

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Beta Carotene: Saint or Demon?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Beta carotene is an extremely important player in helping you to avoid cardiovascular problems.  In fact, more than 200 studies have confirmed the cardiovascular beneficial effects of foods rich in flavonoids, carotenoids, and other antioxidants.

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The Cardiovascular Benefits of Niacin

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Niacin occupies a central role in my supplement arsenal against arterial disease. That’s because it lowers smaller LDL cholesterol particles but, more importantly, it superbly raises larger HDL particles and also helps you to maintain a low triglycerides level.  Niacin also helps your body to manage the very dangerous cholesterol component, Lp(a).

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Could Beta Carotene Kill Me?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Beta carotene is an extremely important player in promoting heart health and in managing heart risk factors. More than 200 studies have confirmed that any good cardiovascular nutrition plan should include foods rich in flavonoids, carotenoids, and other antioxidants.

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Trans Fats are Killing You

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Trans fats are the man-made, partially hydrogenated fats that food manufacturers use to prolong shelf life in approximately 75 percent of the food in the standard American diet. These killer fats poison your body, and I warn all of my patients, especially those with heart risk factors, to avoid them.

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Garlic Is Great For Your Heart Health

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Garlic is a fabulous anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agent with a long history in folk medicine. It is an excellent natural blood thinner, which makes it vital for people who are trying to improve poor blood circulation or prevent blood clots. It’s so effective that I often instruct some patients to go light on garlic—as well as ginger—if they are on a pharmaceutical blood thinner like Coumadin.

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What Tumeric Does For Your Heart

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Tumeric's yellow color comes from curcumin—a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound that’s been found to reduce the excess platelet aggregation that occurs in sticky, clot-forming blood. Curcumin also helps keep NF-kappa B, a protein complex involved in the body’s inflammatory reactions, in check.

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Green Tea is So Good For You

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Animal and human studies suggest that the antioxidants in green tea reduce your heart health risks by helping to prevent plaque rupture and by helping to maintain healthy blood pressure.

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Beat Your Sugar Habit

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The dangers of excess refined carbohydrate and sugar consumption are downright endemic in our society. Sugar causes a myriad of health concerns from obesity and diabetes to high blood pressure levels and cardiovascular problems. Excess sugar is even a major culprit in anxiety, depression, fatigue, and pain.

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Are You In Sugar Shock?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

It’s a well-known fact that obesity is on a steady rise in U.S. since the introduction of high fructose corn syrup to our foods. Look for high fructose corn syrup on the your labels—some foods you may not even suspect have sugar in them!—and you may be amazed at how much sugar you are actually getting in your diet.

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Rosemary to the Rescue

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Rosemary helps to prevent the buildup of toxic carcinogens in the meats and even contains compounds that prevent skin cancers. It’s also a great antioxidant.

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Farm Stand Health

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Eating fruits and vegetables from a local farm stand can add color, texture, nutrition, and healing perks to your summer meals.

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Combat Insulin Resistance

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes, can lead to weight gain and high blood pressure levels. You can combat insulin resistance by adhering to healthy cardiovascular nutrition and getting support from the right nutri­tional supplements.

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Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

There are natural ways to lower blood pressure. They involve good cardiovascular nutrition, as well as simple lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation. Lowering blood pressure naturally is possible, but it takes commitment and the willingness to make some changes.

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Bioflavonoids That Scare Off Heart Risk Factors

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

You may have heard of polyphenols, flavonoids, flavones, Pycnogenol (pine bark), grapeseed, catechins, tannins, quercetin and flavonol. You’ve also probably heard about the benefits of red wine, green tea, and grape juice. All are in the family of oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs), which are really the cream of the crop.

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Grape Juice, Red Wine, and Green Tea

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Resveratrol, commonly found in grapes and other plants, is being studied for its antioxidant properties and its ability to minimize cardiovascular problems. That’s why I encourage my patients to drink grape juice and red wine, both of which are made with grapes (in moderation, of course). You can also get resveratrol in supplement form. I recommend 2–5 mg of resveratrol daily. I also encourage my patients to drink flavonoid-rich green tea.

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Grape Juice, Red Wine, and Green Tea

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Resveratrol, commonly found in grapes and other plants, is being studied for its antioxidant properties and its ability to minimize cardiovascular problems. That’s why I encourage my patients to drink grape juice and red wine, both of which are made with grapes (in moderation, of course). You can also get resveratrol in supplement form. I recommend 2–5 mg of resveratrol daily. I also encourage my patients to drink flavonoid-rich green tea.

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Lutein: A Red-Wine Alternative

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you’ve read any of the reports about healthy heart nutrition, you may have read about the benefits of drinking red wine. But a healthier and less expensive way to protect yourself from cardiovascular problems and to support your eyes can be found in a carotenoid called lutein.

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Eat Colorful Carotenoids

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you eat at least five to nine servings of fresh fruits and vegetables per day, you will, on average, take in enough carotenoids to meet your body’s needs. But this can be a challenge. That’s why it makes sense to take out additional “insurance” with supplements to be sure you’re giving your body the cardiovascular nutrition that it needs to help you avoid heart risk factors.

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Cardiovascular Nutrition for Kids

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Here’s a great recipe for those of you with kids in your life, but not necessarily in your home. Kids can make these with you, then take them home and to school.

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Improve Blood Circulation with Bioflavonoids

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Grape juice, like red wine, can help prevent blood clots and improve blood circulation.  Resveratrol, commonly found in grapes and other plants, is being studied for its antioxidant properties and its ability to minimize cardiovascular problems.  The “Dr. Sinatra recommended dosage” of Resveratrol is 2–5 mg daily.

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Overcome Vitamin D Deficiency

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

You must have adequate vitamin D levels for optimum health. If you are already diagnosed with cardiovascular problems, you can prevent complications, and perhaps turn your condition on its tail, by addressing your vitamin D status. Ask your doctor to get a level if it hasn’t been done.

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Grapefruit: Friend or Foe?

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Last Reviewed 04/17/2014

At least 50 known medications are affected by grapefruit, including those used to treat cancer, depression, pain, impotence, HIV, allergies, the immune system, and various cardiovascular problems. Even Coumadin is on the list.

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Low-Carb Diets Can Help You Achieve a Healthy Weight

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Many of today’s fad diets revolve around modifying insulin resistance by consuming low-carbohydrate, high-protein foods. This type of diet is likely to contain high levels of insecticides, pesticides, and radiation, which in the long run may increase your risk of cancer of the bowel, prostate, and breast and can increase your heart risk factors. So you need choose wisely...

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Healthy Heart Nutrition Plan

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

We have received several comments expressing a concern on proper supplementation—which nutrients are important, the right dosage, getting the biggest bang for your buck, etc.  A good multivitamin and mineral formula should contain, among other nutrients, significant levels of antioxidants, calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, and folic acid.

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Cooking for Cancer

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Rebecca Katz, author of The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, believes that “a grounding activity such as cooking and eating well can provide more than nourishment; it can offer a huge psychological boost.”

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Cancer-Fighting Kitchen Book Review

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

It’s not usual that I feel compelled to write a book review, let alone one about nutrition. But I have come across one that is such a real winner for helping folks deal with the day-to-day aspects of cancer treatment, that it makes a great resource.

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Soy Foods for Healthy Cholesterol

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Last Reviewed 07/23/2014

It’s one thing to say “eat more soy” to help maintain good cholesterol levels or as part of a plan for reducing cholesterol. It’s quite another to actually put that advice into action. So here are my top recommendations of soy-based foods and how to use them.

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Mediterranean Eating for a Healthy Heart

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Last Reviewed 07/21/2014

There was more news out last week that was no news to me. You probably heard about it, too--a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that the Mediterranean diet is the only diet associated with lower risk of heart disease.

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