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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Heart Health Diet and Aging

Omega 3 Fatty Acids have a direct beneficial effect on heart health and aging. In a study published in the January 20, 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association we read that adding Omega 3 Fatty Acids to the diet of people with Coronary Heart Disease slowed down the aging process of their cells!

Natural sources of dietary Omega 3 Fatty Acids are wild cold water fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies. Broiled or grilled fish is healthier than fried fish. The richest plant source is Flax seeds. Flax seeds may be sprinked on food or you may grind them in a clean coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Flax seed oil may be purchased in the refrigerated section of your grocery or health food store and used like many other oils in preparing food.

Another team of researchers now informs us that a diet rich in saturated fats does NOT increase the risk of cardiovascular or cerebralvascular disease. Consideration of age and sex did not change the results. After reading this research I won't go so far as to recommend people add massive quantities of pepperoni pizza to their diet but it does provide provocative food for thought. I still believe and will continue to recommend a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, wild cold water fish and lean meats. It will be interesting to see how this research evolves in the coming months and years. 

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