5. THE HEALTH BOOSTER: ORDER MORE FISH
IN A PERFECT WORLD…you protect your heart by eating two servings of fatty fish, like salmon, every week.
IN THE REAL WORLD...you rarely head to the seafood counter—fish is expensive and makes the kitchen smell!
A HAPPY MEDIUM Take an omega-3 supplement daily. "This healthy polyunsaturated fat reduces the inflammation that can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer," says Bonci. According to a recent review from Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, people who consumed 500 milligrams of omega-3s daily—from seafood or a fish oil pill—were less likely to die from heart disease than those who didn't.
If you're a vegetarian, look for an algae-based supplement, such as Deva Vegan Vitamins Omega-3 DHA ($32; amazon.com). Or whip up an omelet using fortified eggs: A recent study in the journal Food Research International found that people who ate them daily experienced a 32 percent drop in their triglyceride (one type of blood fat) levels after three weeks.
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| May 18, 2010