30 Days, 30 Ways to a Healthy Heart

Boost your heart health this month -- and beyond -- with these expert tips (31 Photos)

Jessica Smith on Feb 1, 2012 at 11:31AM

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30 Days, 30 Ways to a Healthy Heart

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Re-Think the Meat You Eat

You may think staying away from meat is helping your heart, but you may want to reconsider -- or at least change -- the type of meat you are eating. Carnosine, an amino acid found in wild game meats (think venison), is essential for healthy-heart function and may help prevent plaque buildup in your arteries, says Khader. “Carnosine can prevent sympathetic nervous system activity that causes hypertension, and its antioxidant properties protect heart muscle directly against toxins such as chemotherapy agents that promote serious risks to heart tissue.” To reap the heart-healthy benefits of carnosine, Kader recommends consuming wild fish three times a week, alternating with bison, deer or wild turkey.

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