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.
The zeaxanthin compounds found in the yellow corn are responsible for the omelet's potential to boost immune function. Serve this spinach and red pepper omelet as a satisfying entree for brunch or an easy weeknight supper.
Apple butter, bananas, and cinnamon flavor this family-favorite quick bread. Steep a pot of green tea to serve with the bread and take advantage of its potent disease-fighting antioxidants such as catechins and flavonoids.
Loaded with fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, this cereal guards against disease and helps control blood sugars. Serve the crunchy-fruit-studded blend with your favorite yogurt for a great start to your day.
Added flaxseed to an easily prepared hot roll mix creates tasty dinner rolls with a mild, nutty flavor. Rich in nutrients, flaxseed boosts the immune system and helps to head off cancer.
The wide variety of vegetables in this tempura provides vitamins, minerals, and health-promoting plant compounds. The mustard in the dipping sauce contains curcumin, a compound that makes mustard yellow and exhibits anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
Beans are the unsung heroes of a disease-fighting diet. Rich in fiber, beans also boast powerful phytochemicals such as saponins and phytic acid.
Sweet potatoes should be at the top of your list for cancer-fighting antioxidants. They contain generous amounts of beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E -- great for helping prevent cancer.
Slightly sweet, hearty root vegetables -- carrots and potatoes -- complement tender chunks of pork in this stew. Lean pork provides nutrients for energy production.
The beautiful vegetable combination in this cumin-and-mint-seasoned dish assists in the fight against cancer. Choose whole wheat couscous -- it cooks in minutes and offers energy-boosting complex carbohydrates.
Polenta, a cornmeal mush commonly eaten in northern Italy, is a hearty alternative to noodles in this vegetable-loaded lasagna. For the most fiber, vitamins, and minerals, purchase cornmeal labeled "water-ground" or "stone-ground."
The antioxidant lycopene is the disease-fighting agent in this tomato-rich dish. Cooking the tomatoes helps release the lycopene so the benefit to your body is maximized.
Potassium-loaded pomegranate teams with vitamin C-rich oranges to help lower blood pressure, prevent cancer, promote immunity, and augment energy.
Citrus flavors mingle with hints of green tea in this refreshing sorbet. Vitamin C from the tangerine juice fights cancer and increases immunity. Phenolic compounds from the green tea help neutralize cancer-causing free radicals.
Fruit crisps are delicious ways to boost your fruit intake. Diets rich in fruits (and vegetables) may reduce the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer.
Sophisticated mocha flavor makes this low-fat dessert perfect for company or as a midafternoon treat. The cocoa powder provides phenolic compounds, which function as antioxidants.
Rolled oats, apples, and cranberries star in this dessert, packing a good measure of fiber, vitamin C, and iron without extra fat, so you can enjoy it often.