You're truly never too young or too old to protect your heart. "The buildup of plaque in your arteries can silently start as early as your late teens and early 20s," explains Jennifer H. Mieres, M.D., professor of cardiology and population health and senior vice president, office of community and public health, at the North Shore-LIJ health system. Lower your odds of developing heart disease by keeping an eye on these key factors and lifestyle habits in your 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond.See More
Some foods may help protect against breast cancer and other chronic conditions. Here are recipes starring these foods.
Fresh herbs, succulent crabmeat, and delicious shrimp turn ordinary bruschetta into an extraordinary appetizer. Shrimp is exceptionally low in fat, making it a great addition to a diet that helps to protect against cancer.
Chipotle peppers lend a smoky, spicy flavor to the honey-sweetened barbecue sauce. They get their heat from capsaicin, a phytochemical with antibacterial and cancer risk-reducing properties.
Fatty fish, such as salmon, are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Research suggests that consuming omega-3s increases immunity and boosts energy.
Soy sauce, plum sauce, and sesame oil give this salad Asian flavor. Low-fat chicken is a great protein source, and the vitamin C-rich pineapple helps to protects against cancer and enhance the immune system.
The fiber-intensive mango contains generous amounts of vitamins A, C, and E, and pairs well with the peppery watercress and arugula.
Removing the skin of the chicken is a great way to lower the fat without compromising on flavor.
Blueberries are a treasure trove of potent antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber. A drizzle of monounsaturated olive oil keeps the sage-crouton topping moist.
Lean pork shares top billing with cancer-fighting garlic in this quick-to-prep entree. Mexican adobo sauce is usually made from ground chilies, vinegar, and herbs. This version follows that lead but, for the sake of convenience, calls on hot chili powder rather than ground chilies.
Clafouti (kla-foo-TEE) is a French fruit dessert that is topped with a batter and baked. The berries have the added bonus of containing powerful disease-fighting antioxidants.
Strawberries are especially rich in the phytochemical called ellagic acid, which may help lower your cancer risk. They also have a wide range of other flavonoids and antioxidants that give fuel to the fight.
Pair this vitamin-filled smoothie with a bran muffin and a piece of fresh fruit for a healthy start to the day. In moderation, soy may also help to protect against cancer.