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We’ve heard a lot about the standard dietary recommendations for anyone concerned about heart disease and its accompanying risk markers (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar). Eat less cholesterol, drink less alcohol, and watch your fats. But have we been missing an essential piece of the preventative health puzzle?

Brenda Watson, CNC, is back on TV discussing the important puzzle pieces we need to fit into our diets (and cut down on in our diets) to help us prevent heart disease and manage heart disease risk markers now.

You can watch Brenda featured in this American Health Journal special by clicking on the video below.

Brenda synthesizes her decades of expertise as a nutritional consultant, health clinic founder, New York Times bestselling author, and national health educator into this key heart health segment. This kind of information is life changing for those battling obesity, heart disease risk factors, diabetes or blood sugar problems, and bodily inflammation.

Check out Brenda on American Health Journal and explore these vital health topics:

  • The “silent” damage that sugar and carbohydrates are doing to our hearts, and our overall health
  • What our carb-heavy diets mean to the average American waistline and our heart disease epidemic
  • How much sugar do we need each day to maintain healthy blood sugar levels?
  • And how much sugar are we really eating? (The numbers will shock you!)
  • The simple formula you need to know to figure out your daily sugar intake
  • And more…!

It Isn’t All About the Cholesterol You Eat
If you think you know the no-no foods for heart disease prevention, think again. Brenda helps us understand why we can’t seem to take the weight off (especially around the waistline) and why our diet is still contributing to heart health risk markers even if we’re watching our cholesterol intake. These are critical facts to consider when cooking, shopping, and helping loved ones to eat balanced, truly heart-healthy meals. Don’t miss it!

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Omega-3 fatty acids are known for their heart-health benefits. From the reduction of triglyceride levels, balance of inflammation, and prevention of coronary events in people with heart disease to the improvement of abnormal cholesterol, omega-3 fatty acids found in fish affect the heart in many ways.

A recent study published in the journal Circulation adds to the support of omega-3s for the heart. The study found that the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids were associated with a 29 percent reduction in the risk of atrial fibrillation, the most common form of heart arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, in older individuals.

The study was an observational study that needs further investigation to confirm the association. Because the study examined prevention, rather than treatment, of heart arrhythmia, it has the potential to lead to very important research. The researchers stated, “Given the aging of the population, the significant and growing public health burden of atrial fibrillation, and the limited treatment options once atrial fibrillation develops, our results highlight the need to investigate atrial physiological and arrhythmic mechanisms affected by total and individual [omega-3 fatty acids] and to test the efficacy of [omega-3 fatty acids] for preventing new onset of atrial fibrillation among older adults in a randomized intervention.”

Heart arrhythmia is just one of an array of cardiovascular diseases—the number one killer of Americans. If you can find ways to prevent heart disease by addressing proper nutrition, then why not include an omega-3 supplement into your diet?

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