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5 Heart-Smart Secrets for Your July Fourth Celebration

…the backyard or at a family picnic. Yet, sugar-laden drinks can lead to inflammation. Instead, opt for mineral water sweetened with fresh lemon or orange slices. Or, try my personal favorite, club soda with D-ribose and puréed raspberries. Now it’s your turn: What’s on your menu for the Fourth of…

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Heart Healthy Grilled Watermelon Salad

…pinch to ¼ tsp fresh ground pepper to taste 2 cups mixed greens 1 cup crumbled ricotta, feta and/or goat cheese 1/8 cup lemon juice Lime or naval orange rind cut into sliver strips Directions: Pour vinegar into a small saucepan, and simmer over medium-high heat until reduced to a thick syrup consistency…

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The Blood Lipids Ratio to Watch

…ratio is high, how can you lower it? One of the most powerful solutions I’ve found is an extract called Bergamonte®, which comes from the Bergamot orange grown in the Calabria area of Italy. Research has shown it helps to both reduce triglycerides and increase HDL cholesterol levels. Another important…

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Cooking Healthy: Secrets for a Heart-Healthy Thanksgiving Meal

…-healthy choice, filled with antioxidants, many prepared cranberry sauces are loaded with sugar. Instead, make your own cranberry sauce. Bring a cup of orange juice, seasoned with cinnamon and ginger, to a boil. Add a bag of fresh cranberries, reduce heat and simmer until the cranberries are soft and start…

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Eat Garlic to Reduce Blood Pressure

…intestinal upset. If garlic breath is a problem, try chewing fresh parsley, rosemary, or fennel. Freshly squeezed lemon, a piece of grapefruit, or an orange peel may also assuage garlic's pungent odor. Side effects aside, when it comes to reducing blood pressure and all-around heart protection, eating garlic…

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Preventing Stroke With Vitamin C

…with meals. A good diet to help in preventing stroke should also include ample amounts of foods that are rich in vitamin C, such as grapefruits and oranges. Other good choices include broccoli, tomatoes and strawberries. But one population of people who should avoid getting too much vitamin C is those…

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How to Control Your Sugar Intake

…One popular brand of vitamin-infused water has more sugar per bottle than a doughnut! * If you need to sweeten any foods, add a little juice from oranges, grapes, pears, peaches, or other fruits. You can also use some shredded raw or dried apples, coconuts, raisins, or dates. Try sprinkling on cinnamon…

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The Heart-Brain Connection

…of foods that are rich in these nutrients. Antioxidants * Prunes; * Raisins; * Berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries); * Oranges; * Cherries; * Plums; * Red grapes; * Spinach; * Broccoli * Kale * Brussels sprouts; * Alfalfa sprouts; * Bell peppers * Beets; * Eggplant; and * Onions…

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The Heart Health Benefits of Vitamin C

…morning. It’s also important to eat vitamin C-rich foods, including broccoli, tomatoes, strawberries and citrus fruits, such as pink grapefruit and oranges. Now it’s your turn: Which vitamin C rich foods do you like the most? You May Also Be Interested In * What You Need to Know About Niacin * The Best…

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Folate Reduces Blood Pressure In Women

…pressure (above 140/80 mmHg), increase your folic acid intake to reduce your blood pressure. However, don’t depend on dietary sources—such as oranges, leafy, greens, and beans—to get the benefits of folate. The NHS demonstrated that women who got their folate from dietary sources did not derive…

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Protect Your Heart Health with a Sugar-Free Diet

…watch out for sweet teas, energy drinks, and sports drinks. 4. Use natural sweeteners. If you need to sweeten any foods, add a little juice from oranges, grapes, pears, peaches, or other fruits. You can also use some shredded raw or dried apples, coconuts, raisins, or dates. 5. Eat several small meals…

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