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Health-boosting nutrients

Updated: 03-04-2011

To help your health and nutrition goals, eat more foods that add these protective nutrients to your diet: 1. Antioxidants (almonds, broccoli), which may help prevent cholesterol from damaging the linings of your arteries. 2. B vitamins (sweet potatoes), which help reduce the risk of stroke and peripheral artery disease by lowering homocysteine levels. 3. Omega-3 fatty acids (salmon), which may help reduce your heart attack risk. 4. Dietary fiber (apples, red beans), which can help lower your cholesterol level.