I just LOVE getting things out of the way early.
I’ve already started stockpiling the Halloween candy, and I’ve even crossed a few items off the Christmas list.
But you don’t have to be as passionate as me about being an early bird to get a leg up where it matters most.
When it comes to your health, acting early just means starting in the morning… right after you wake up. As new research reveals one morning ritual that could protect you for the rest of the day.
What makes this new study so great is that it wasn’t filled with those slim, trim, and hard body types. Instead, they used folks who were a lot like the rest of us.
The volunteers were people who were trying their best, but still overweight. Sure, they were healthy overall, but they weren’t perfect and clearly could use a little help protecting their hearts from damaging cholesterol and elevated blood sugar.
And they got it at an unusual time… from an unusual place.
The BREAKFAST secret to better heart health
All it took was adding three things to their breakfast …
Other than the berries, these folks were given what amounts to a less-than-perfect breakfast. It was a little high in fat and calories (and not just the “good” kind).
In other words, it was a REALISTIC morning meal – the sort of food many folks wake up to regularly, even if it isn’t ideal.
Yet adding those three ingredients helped to reduce the impact… cleaning up their cholesterol profiles.
After getting the berries and the cinnamon, they had…
- fewer damaging changes to their cholesterol levels
- a better triglyceride response
- reduced glycemic response
- lower levels of the inflammation marker C-reactive protein
In plain talk, even after an unhealthy meal, these three additions helped to limit the damage in ways that can PROTECT the heart and CUT risk. And they supported healthier cholesterol numbers across the board.
Put this cholesterol supporting trio to work for YOU
Now, cinnamon is already famous for these and other health benefits. More importantly, it’s easy to find.
You can put a cinnamon stick in your tea… sprinkle ground cinnamon onto your oatmeal or yogurt… and even take a supplement (many people with diabetes already do for help with blood sugar control).
But those other two?
There’s a good chance you’ve never heard of them… don’t know where to find them… and wouldn’t know what to even do with them if you did!
It’s true. You won’t often find bilberries and lingonberries in the produce aisle in most U.S. supermarkets. But a growing number of stores – especially ones that specialize in natural foods – carry them frozen. Defrost them and add to yogurt and smoothies, or eat them whole.
Plus, there’s a second option that requires no defrosting: Both are available as supplements in extract form.
But you’ve also got a third choice, and it’s the easiest one of all. Just eat a wide variety of berries regularly.
Even without bilberries and lingonberries, you’ll get a similar blend of health-enhancing polyphenols with heart-protecting benefits. And you’ll be improving your cholesterol profile and wiping out heart risks BEFORE lunch.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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