Melanie Thomassian

Melanie Thomassian

Health Professional

Melanie is a dietitian and writer. She wrote for HeatlhCentral as a health professional for Food & Nutrition and Heart Health.

Latest Articles by Melanie Thomassian

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Heart Health

Top 10 Beverages to Keep Your Heart Healthy

It seems supermarket shelves are brimming over with a plethora of different beverages, and as a result making a heart-healthy choice can be particularly challenging So, what really makes for the perfect healthy drink? #1 Water Water is the ideal beve...

Poached egg and avocado toast.
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How Much Cholesterol Is OK on a Low-Cholesterol Diet?

So, how much cholesterol can you have per day on a low cholesterol diet? This is a pretty common question for anyone who has been told to lower their cholesterol levels. Firstly, let me say that cholesterol naturally occurs in all parts of the body, ...

Baked salmon high in omega-3 fatty acids.
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Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Beneficial for Your Heart

Omega-3 fatty acids are “healthy” fats, which are thought to protect the body against heart disease. They help the heart beat more regularly, reducing blood “stickiness,” therefore making it less likely to clot, and protecting the arteries from damag...

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These Foods Can Raise Your "Good" Cholesterol

With so much hype about how “bad” LDL cholesterol is, you may have completely overlooked HDL cholesterol. However, HDL cholesterol plays a very important role in your heart health. There are a number of changes you can make in your diet and lifestyle...

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Foods That Raise HDL Cholesterol

With so much hype about how “bad” LDL cholesterol is, you may have completely overlooked HDL cholesterol. However, HDL cholesterol plays a very important role in your heart health. In fact, research suggests that a five-point reduction in HDL cholest...

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Fish Oil For Lowering Cholesterol

Most people know fish oil is good for them, but exactly why and how much is needed, is a little uncertain in most people’s minds. Fish oil has, indeed, been shown by researchers to reduce your chance of getting heart disease, by improving blood chole...

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Three Ways to Lower Your Triglyceride Levels

Last week I talked about triglycerides and how they affect our health, and this week we want to go a little further in that discussion, to look at some of the dietary changes which will help you reduce your triglyceride levels. Three Ways to Lower Yo...

Mango smoothie with flax seed and mint.
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How Flax Seed Can Improve Your Cholesterol Levels

Flax seeds have become more and more popular in recent years, due to their health-protective properties. Most notably, reducing the risk of heart disease, as well as the prevention of some cancers. So, why are flax seeds beneficial for heart health? ...