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Like it or not, high cholesterol leads to heart disease. In fact, high cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and the higher your cholesterol, the greater the chance of developing atherosclerosis, fatty deposits formed from cholesterol that collect in the arteries and restrict blood flow. According to the American Heart Association, “As blood cholesterol rises, so does risk of coronary heart disease.” 1
I remember when I first heard the word “superfood.” It was in the book, 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, and among them were berries—blueberries and raspberries in particular. I wasn’t a big berry eater at the time, but when I read that blueberries, for example, may reduce the risk of disease, inflammation and cancer, I started to add them to darn near everything I ate. Of equal importance is that they have been determined to be a brain food.
Here’s the good news. High blood pressure, or hypertension, which is considered to be one of the most dangerous silent killers, “can largely be counteracted by relatively simple measures related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”1 In fact, according to the World Health Organization, “high blood pressure is the world’s most prevalent preventable disease.”2