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Manhasset Press: Go Green with your Heart - published 8/28/08

In today’s busy world, heart disease is on the rise and more people than ever are diabetic. Childhood obesity is an epidemic and we are all on diets or on a myriad of medication. People are so “health conscious” yet our generation is overcome by these conditions.
We Mix fad diets to shed those pounds, but are we forgetting the very pump that feeds our body?
We can all say we have heart and soul but let’s not forget to supply our plates with the super foods, that I believe our hearts need to keep us from skipping a beat.

Top ten super foods that will feed your heart.

The power of blue, a super anti-oxidant to knock out the free radical damage.

2.Walnuts and Almonds
Almonds in particular are rich in phytochemicals; plant components that promote heart and vascular health. Just one handful (one and one-half ounce) of almonds is a leading source of vitamin E and magnesium it also contains: Protein Fiber, Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron,

3.Extra virgin olive oil
According to the report, adults who consumed 25 milliliters (mL) or nearly 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil daily for one week showed less oxidation of LDL ("bad") cholesterol and higher levels of antioxidant compounds, particularly phenols, in the blood.

4.Wild Salmon and deep sea fishes
According to the American Heart Association, adults, except pregnant women, should eat at least two servings of fish each week. For those at high risk of cardiovascular disease, supplementing fish in the diet with fish oil capsules may also be advisable.

5.Green Tea
Already lauded as a powerful antioxidant, green tea extract may also help dieters shed fat. The extract may also be a safe improvement on traditional diet drugs because its benefits are not accompanied by an increase in heart rate.

6.Broccoli and greens
researchers found that the chemical, sulforaphane, switches on a set of antioxidant genes and enzymes in specific immune cells, which fight the damaging effects of free radicals.

Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat, which is easily burned for energy. An avocado has more than twice as much potassium as a banana.

It helped reduce the fatty deposit buildup from the artery walls

Although They've always been a good source of protein and fat, and now eggs with higher levels of EPA and DHA are available. researchers from the Netherlands report of another nutrient-betaine, found mostly in eggs and liver also has this capability. are known to be able to reduce levels of homocysteine

10.Spices, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne pepper.
researchers have found that ginger extract can have dramatic effects of cardiovascular health, including preventing atherosclerosis, lowering cholesterol levels, and preventing the oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL).
Cinnamon. Cinnamon may significantly help people with type 2 diabetes improve their ability to regulate their blood sugar. As a matter of fact, this study found that it increased glucose metabolism 20-fold
Cayenne pepper: A way to jump start your metabolism and a detoxifier.

Q.I have been eating egg white for years,” they said” egg yolks are bad?

A. I believe if you are eating something for a reason certainly understand why you are doing it, I understand people are watching there cholesterol, However, the yolk of the egg contains vitamin E and Lecithin the very component that lowers cholesterol, the majority of patients I see with elevated cholesterol rarely eat eggs They usually binge on sweets and other carbohydrates.

Q.I need to lose 20 lbs, should I just go on a diet.

Diets can be effective for a short term basis, ideally you need to relearn how to eat according to your needs, every one is different. For example we all have different exercise regimes, conditions and family histories. Seek help from a professional and let them design a plan for you, this takes the stress out of you figuring it out.

Q. I have my husband drinking pomegranate juice, every chance I get I fill his glass up, he has a family history of heart disease and I want to make sure he is doing something preventative, can pomegranate juice really help his heart.

A. There is research published demonstrating pomegranates beneficial impact on the cardiovascular system, however, solely drinking the juice isn’t the answer regarding your husband family’s history of heart disease, there are benefits of drinking this ancient fruit. Diet, regular exercise must be in his daily regimen along with getting regular check ups with his doctor. Another factor when choosing the right juice make sure to read the ingredient label, you could be choosing one with large amounts of sugar or high fructose corn syrup and that could be adding on the pounds.

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