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08 February 2008 @ 06:28 pm
I just got some multivitamins and was researching some of the ingredients out of curiosity. I came to chromium, which was in a dose of 120 micrograms per daily tablet. However, the Wikipedia article says that:

"Recently it was shown that the popular dietary supplement chromium picolinate complex generates chromosome damage in hamster cells. In the United States the dietary guidelines for daily chromium uptake were lowered from 50-200 µg for an adult to 35 µg (adult male) and to 25 µg (adult female)."

Is the chromium in everyday supplements the same as this chromium picolinate complex they're talking about?
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06 February 2008 @ 12:49 pm
1. Ground Flaxseed - WHY: It contains  Omega-3 fatty acids; fiber, phytoestrogens.  WHERE:  yogurt parfaits, morning cereal, homemade muffins, or cookies.

2. Oatmeal - WHY: It contains Omega-3 fatty acids; magnesium; potassium; folate; niacin; calcium; soluble fiber.  MAKE IT BETTER: Add fruit into your bowl of oatmeal or eat Oatmeal Cookies that also contain Raisins!

3. Black or Kidney Beans - WHY: It contains B-complex vitamins; niacin; folate; magnesium; omega-3 fatty acids; calcium; soluble fiber. MAKE IT BETTER: Add beans to any soup or salad.

4. Almonds - WHY: It contains Plant omega-3 fatty acids; vitamin E; magnesium; fiber; heart-favorable mono- and polyunsaturated fats; phytosterols. MAKE IT BETTER: Add to yogurt, trail mix, or fruit salads.

5. Walnuts - WHY: It contains Plant omega-3 fatty acids; vitamin E; magnesium; folate; fiber; heart-favorable mono- and polyunsaturated fats; phytosterols.  MAKE IT BETTER: Add to virtually anything including salads, cookies, panckaes, pasta, and muffins (to name a few).

6. Red Wine - WHY: It contains Catechins and reservatrol (flavonoids), PLUS a glass of wine could improve good HDL cholesterol

02 February 2008 @ 09:54 pm
Avocados: contains - Oleic acid, an unsaturated fat that helps lower overall cholesterol and raise levels of HDL, plus a good dose of fiber. One slice has 81 calories, 8 grams of fat and 3 grams of fiber. 

Figs: Known to lower cholesterol. One fig has 37 to 48 calories, 0 fat and 2 grams of fiber.

Garlic:  The sulfur compounds that give garlic its pungent flavor can also lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol and lower blood pressure.  A clove has 4 calories, 0 fat and 0 fiber.

Peanuts: Studies show that peanuts or other nuts (which contain mostly unsaturated "good" fat) can lower your heart-disease risk by over 20 percent. One ounce has 166 calories, 14 grams of fat and 2 grams of fiber

Cold Water Fish:  Like - salmon, mackerel and tuna are the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce the risk of cardiac disease. A 3-ounce portion of Salmon (cooked) has 127 calories, 4 grams of fat, 0 fiber.

I know there are more....tell me what they are!
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02 February 2008 @ 09:42 pm
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02 February 2008 @ 09:32 pm

Heart Healthy Foods!!

Please Focus your Posts around foods that specifically help your heart!! 
Also Acceptable: Exercises or anything else that specifically benifit your heart!!

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02 February 2008 @ 09:13 pm
Welcome New Members!!

I hope you enjoy this community. It will deal with food, nutrition, and other ways to stay healthy. Each week I will post a topic and you are allowed to post any info you have relevant to that topic.

I started this community because I realize my eating habits were extremly unhealthy and I want to learn anything and everything I can about food so I can change my health, mind, body, etc. 

What you can post: names of food, receipes, exercises, what should be avoided, and with everything you post, please say WHY each things is relevant to the topic! :) 
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