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WEEKLY TIP: 8 Easy Heart-Saving Diet Tricks

Thursday, 11 March 2010 10:59 AM

The healthcare issue dominates the news, and no one knows the outcome. With all the controversy surrounding the government's plans, it only makes sense for you to take charge of your own health.

Protecting your heart should be one of your major objectives. For a detailed discussion of how to take charge of your health in the wake of government-controlled healthcare, see my newsletter "Use Prevention to Take Control of Your Healthcare."

People with heart disease, including chronic heart failure, arrhythmias and angina, often end up in the emergency room or hospital because of complications associated with these disorders.

Cardiologists have noticed that simple nutritional changes and the use of supplements can prevent many such visits.

Most studies on the nutritional treatment of heart failure concentrated only on one supplement. Even then, there was no control of diet or other known behaviors that increase risk. So, the first step is to follow a healthy diet.

Follow these simple nutritional changes to protect your heart:

• Eat five to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day (mainly high-nutrient dense vegetables, such as broccoli, greens, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and kale).

• Avoid excess sugar.

• Drink purified water or white tea.

• Increase the intake of good fats (DHA) and avoid bad fats (omega-6 fats).

• Avoid seafood high in mercury. Studies have shown that people with heart failure have heart mercury levels far higher than normal. For more information on buying and eating fish, read my special report "Eating Fish: What You Need to Know.''

Supplements are also part of a heart-healthy regime. They include:

• Acetyl-L-carnitine or L-carnitine. This nutrient strengthens the heart muscle, reduces free radical damage, lowers tissue iron levels, and reduces insulin resistance.

• Hawthorn. Hawthorn lowers blood pressure and strengthens the contraction of heart muscles.

• CoQ10. CoQ10 is a major energy molecule for the heart, and statin drugs that lower cholesterol can severely reduce levels of CoQ10.

Many other supplements also help keep your heart — as well as the rest of your body — healthy. For more information, read my special report "Key Vitamins That Save Your Heart, Prevent Cancer and Keep You Living Long."

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