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More Good Stuff---Foods With a Health Boost
1. Yoplait Healthy Heart, according to its maker, is super-yogurt..
Yoplait Healthy Heart is the first yogurt in the U.S. to serve up
plant sterols -- naturally occurring substances that scientific
research shows may inhibit the absorption of cholesterol. Two
six-ounce servings of Yoplait Healthy Heart provide 0.8 grams of
plant sterols -- the equivalent of 22 servings of brussels sprouts,
26 oranges, 44 apples, or 70 large carrots.
2. Kellogg's Smart Start cereals, enriched with antioxidants or soy
protein, and Wonder Bread with added folic acid.
3. A better option is green tea
Better Health for Pennies a Day
By Stacey L. Bradford
NOTHING IS MORE precious to people than their health.
Yet, as medical costs soar, many Americans fear that maintaining
good health will become prohibitively expensive before too long.
Some good news: According to medical experts, there are several
simple and inexpensive things people can do right now to fight
everything from heart disease to hip fractures in the future. The
best news: Some of these preventative measures cost just pennies a
If Dr. Mark Fendrick, professor of internal medicine at the
University of Michigan, could take only one drug with him to a
desert island, he would grab a bottle of aspirin. In his opinion,
it's a miracle pill. According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task
Force, an independent panel of experts convened by the U.S. Public
Health Service, adults who take 81 milligrams of aspirin a day (the
equivalent of a baby aspirin) reduce their risk of coronary heart
disease by 28%. Aspirin therapy has also been linked with
decreasing strokes, cancer, dementia and cataracts. "If aspirin
were 1/10th as good, 500 times more expensive and supported by a
branded marketing campaign, every American would be on it,"
Doctors recommend aspirin therapy for people with an increased risk
of heart disease. Since regular aspirin usage could have side
effects, including gastrointestinal bleeding, make sure you speak
with a doctor before beginning this therapy.
Cost: 4 cents a day ($4.99 for 120 pills of Rite Aid Aspirin, Adult
2. Fish Oil
It might not sound sexy, but fish oil contains omega-3 trans fatty
acids, a crucial anti-inflamatory that's lacking in most Americans'
diets, says Dr. David Katz, author of "The Way to Eat" and director
of preventive research at the Yale School of Medicine. Fish oil's
main benefit is that it reduces the risk of heart attack and other
problems related to heart and blood vessel disease in people who
already have these conditions, as well as their overall risk of
death, according to the U.S. government's Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality. So convincing is the research, in fact, that
the FDA recently agreed to allow a qualified health claim for
reduced risk of coronary heart disease on foods that contain
omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and tuna. There is also some
evidence, Katz says, that fish oil can reduce the risk of some
cancers, auto-immune disease and dementia. Beware, though, that
there are concerns about the mercury levels in some oily fish. The
most reliable way to get contaminate-free fish oil is to take a
Cost: 3 cents a day ($4.99 for 175 capsules of Rite Aid Fish Oil).*
3. Red Wine
Here's some good news for oenophiles: There's impressive evidence
that a glass or two of wine a day is good for your health,
especially in preventing cardiovascular-adverse events, says
University of Michigan's Fendrick. There's also evidence that
people who drink moderately have lower rates of cancer, strokes,
hip fractures and overall mortality. The benefits of alcohol are
strongest among men who consume up to two servings a day --
including other forms, such as beer. Enjoying a fine burgundy is
likely to help women too, but most of the tests so far have been on
Cost: $3 a glass based on a moderately priced bottle of red wine;
less for the cheap stuff.
Brushing your teeth and visiting your dentist twice a year aren't
enough. If you want to maintain a healthy mouth and reduce your
dental bills, you also need to floss regularly. We know it's a
nuisance, but think of the alternative. If you don't floss, you're
increasing your chances of tooth decay, which can lead to cavities,
root canal and dental crowns, says Dr. Michael Sinkin, a New
York-based dentist. Aside from the fear most people have of any
dental procedure requiring Novocain, tooth decay is especially
worrisome given that many employers don't offer dental insurance,
and many of those that do are likely thinking about dropping it as
"The presence of an oral infection can also lead to other
problems," warns Sinkin. Research shows that diseased gums allow
high levels of harmful bacterial components to enter the
bloodstream, and people with deep periodontal pockets have an
increased risk for electrocardiographic abnormalities (ECG),
according to findings published in the Journal of Periodontology.
If heart disease isn't enough to scare you into flossing, the
American Academy of Periodontology says severe gum disease is also
linked to diabetes and low-birth-weight babies.
Cost: $1.59 for 55 yards of Reach Dental Floss Fluoride, enough to
last more than five months.*
By 2010, the National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates, 52 million
women and men over the age of 50 will be affected by osteoporosis
and low bone mass. The easiest way to prevent this is to get enough
calcium -- something few manage to do through diet. If you aren't
getting at least 1,000 milligrams a day, or 1,200 a day for women
over 50, consider taking a supplement with Vitamin D. Not only will
it preserve bone mass, but it could also lower your blood pressure
and possibly improve mood disorders, says Dr. Anthony Komaroff,
editor-in-chief of Harvard Health Publications. There's also some
evidence that calcium, especially when consumed through dairy
products, helps maintain lean muscle.
Cost: 10 cents a day based on $12.59 for 120 tablets, Caltrate
6. A Healthy Lifestyle
Despite recent medical advances, there's no drug or supplement
that's as effective in promoting good heath as diet and exercise,
says Harvard's Komaroff. Simply walking 30 minutes a day, five
times a week, can dramatically lower blood pressure, cholesterol
and the risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, colon
cancer and dementia. If that's not enough, it can also prevent more
annoying ailments such as back, neck and leg aches. "If someone had
a pill for you that could do all those things, how much would you
pay?" Komaroff asks.
Maintaining a healthy weight offers many of the same benefits, plus
a reduction in the risk of developing other cancers and sleep
apnea. Fortunately, there's a wide range when we talk about healthy
weight. A 5' 6" woman, for example, could weigh anywhere from 115
pounds to 150 pounds and still be considered in good physical
shape. The best way to measure your weight it is to calculate your
body mass index and work toward staying within the 18.5-25 range,
says Yale's Katz.
Cost: Free * Source: Drugstore.com