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Melanie Thomassian

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

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Baked salmon high in omega-3 fatty acids.

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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7 Strange Heart Attack Symptoms

A heart attack doesn’t always strike out of the blue. Often, there are unusual symptoms in the days and weeks leading up to an attack. It’s not surprising that many people don’t recognize these symptoms, however, since some of them may not be ones yo...

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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.

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? ...

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Are Seeds "Good" or "Bad" For Cholesterol Levels?

All seeds make an extremely nutritious snack, but you may be wondering if they are good for your cholesterol levels, considering their high fat content. Research tells us, however, that seeds do more than just keep hunger at bay, they can also help t...

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High Cholesterol Levels: What Foods Should I Eat?

If you’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol, you may be worried about reducing your intake of high cholesterol foods. Studies suggest, however, that the cholesterol in our food has little effect on blood cholesterol levels. The cholesterol in your ...

Poached egg and avocado toast.

Low Cholesterol Diet: How Much Cholesterol Can I Have Per Day?

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, ...