Boost your intake of omega-3 oil.
By now, you’ve heard that fish is good for your health. To get an adequate amount of omega-3 fatty acids, both the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association recommend eating a variety of (preferably fatty) fish two to three times a week. Research has shown that omega-3s decrease:
- the risk of arrhythmias, which can lead to sudden cardiac death;
- elevated triglyceride levels –– which alone are a risk factor for heart disease;
- the growth of plaque in arteries;
- the occurrence of blood clots; and
- blood pressure.
Here’s a handy salmon tip: When you don’t feel like grilling or broiling, try using canned salmon to make salmon salad or salmon cakes. Not only is it more convenient and shelf-stable, the salmon that’s canned is almost always wild salmon, which contains significantly lower levels of environmental pollutants than farmed salmon. And remember: Eating fish isn’t the only way to up your intake of omega-3s. Fish oil capsules (or omega-3 oil supplements) are readily available in drug stores and grocery stores these days. Other sources that provide one type of omega-3 (but not the type found in fish) include canola oil, flaxseed, walnuts, and even soybeans. For optimum health, get plenty of both types of omega-3 sources.
Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08
Classic Tossed Salad Chipotle Chili with Corn and Pumpkinseeds French Toast au Chocolate Faux Chopped Liver Pâté Slow Cooked Shredded Pork with Onions and Peppers Smothered Pork Chops Turkey with Creamy Tarragon Sauce Fruit Empanadas Cucumber Soup Mesclun with Grilled Onion, Apple, and Gruyere
As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits that made it cost-effective for me to go with the real healthcare (HSA) plan rather than the phony (HRA) plan is that my company is now covering "preventative" medicines at $0 copay. The formulary for these, as stated by CVS/Caremark (my pharmacy benefits provider), covers all test strips, lancets, and control solutions. I dutifully get my doctor to write up prescriptions for all of my testing needs, submit...