NUTS THAT FIGHT CHOLESTEROL
We are all concerned about our health and looking for ways to live longer. I found this article that has information on lowering your cholesterol. I am hoping you find it as informing as I did.
Nuts and seeds are packed with protein and heart-helpful monounsaturated fats. Some varieties can also help lower cholesterol. Research has found that many of them are full of phytosterols. A plant compound that helps prevent the body from absorbing cholesterol from food. Pistachios, Almonds, Macadamia nuts, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds and Pumpkin Seeds have the highest levels of phytosterols. Other benefits of popular nuts and seeds include heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins C and E.
CALORIES PER OZ.:163
HEALTH BENEFITS: Abundant in vitamin E; good for the heart.
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HEALTH BENEFITS: Rich in selenium, which may help colon cancer.
CALORIES PER OZ.: 64
HEALTH BENEFITS: Plentiful in vitamin C; which may reduce blood pressure. Lower in calories than most nuts.
CALORIES PER OZ.: 138
HEALTH BENEFITS: Loaded with heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids; which also may help relieve dry skin and psoriasis.
CALORIES PER OZ.: 203
HEALTH BENEFITS: Teeming with monounsaturated fat (17 grams per oz.) which enhances heart health. It provides 15% of the RDA of thiamin (a B vitamin) that helps convert carbs into energy.
CALORIES PER OZ.: 157
HEALTH BENEFITS: Great source of monounsaturated fat (7 grams per oz.) which helps reduce LDL cholesterol.
CALORIES PER OZ.: 153
HEALTH BENEFITS: Contains omega-6 fatty acids; which may boost memory function and improve cholesterol and heart health. Plentiful in zinc, iron and selenium, which may help reduce blood pressure.
CALORIES PER OZ.: 162
HEALTH BENEFITS: Full of omega-6
(See Pumpkin Seeds)
CALORIES PER OZ.: 161
HEALTH BENEFITS: Rich in Vitamin E. The antioxidant may bolster the immune system.
CALORIES PER OZ.: 175
HEALTH BENEFITS: Jam packed with omega-6 fatty acids (See Pumpkin Seeds)
* High in phytosterols
NATURAL RELIEF FOR ALLERGY SUFFERS
If you suffer from mold allergies, there may be a way to help you find relief. We all know how green plants are good for you and help purify the air. English Ivy can lower levels of airborne mold in a room within a few days. This is according to the researchers at the Asthma, Allergy and Respiratory Care Medical Center in Long Beach California.
The Ivy filters particles from the air through tiny openings in its leaves. Several 6 – inch pots or one half-gallon pot can improve air quality in an average size room.
It is a very adaptable plant and can thrive in full sun or partial shade and in all types of soil.
One important note: The leaves and berries can be toxic, so keep away from children and pets.