Drink to a Healthier Heart

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Drink to a Healthier Heart

Everyone knows they should get their cholesterol levels checked as they approach and pass middle age.  But news this week add another risk factor for heart disease that the blood should be tested for:   homocysteine.  And guess what reduces the level of that harmful compound?   According to a study by the University of Florida, reported by the Bowditch Group

"In the 14-week study, 33 postmenopausal women ages 63 to 85 consumed a folate-rich diet, consisting of orange juice and foods fortified with folic acid, containing the daily 400 microgram recommended intake for folate. The conclusion shows these folate foods significantly decreased levels of homocysteine, a risk factor for heart disease."

Another report from the same source in Third Age quotes Gail Kauwell, Ph.D., R.D.,  co-director of the study conducted by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences:

"We found that women who have been through menopause can reduce the risk of heart disease by including 400 micrograms of folate in their diet.

Folate-rich diets reduce homocysteine levels in the blood, which is a risk factor for coronary heart disease. Orange juice is a great way to get folate because it's easy, convenient and easily available.  400 micrograms is the equivalent of two servings of juice, or one glass and a serving of strawberries, black beans or dark leafy greens."

Be advised:  coffee and sodas are not going to help.   Throw out the trash beverages and get out the healthy ones now for better heart health!   Try Orange-Mint Iced Tea, or Honey Tea Cooler, or Strawberry Sunrise Smoothie

If you need to take in extra calcium, go for calcium-fortified orange juice.  I won't say you'll be killing two birds with one stone, but you'll be saving your heart and your bones with one easy act; enjoying a healthy drink!    

























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