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Best vitamin cocktail: Vitamins C and E.
Besides a daily multivitamin, reach for this antioxidant blend. Anti-oxidants get rid of free radicals, compounds in your bloodstream that increase your risk of cancer and heart disease.
Best non-man companion: A real animal
A 1992 Australian study found that pet owners have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than do non-pet owners. Animals encourage touch and contact which relaxes you and lower your blood pressure.
Best protein source: Fish.
Fish especially fatty fish like tuna or salmon is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, a vital nutrient for the brain and blood. Eating 35 grams of fish daily almost halves your risk of a heart attack. Even eating three to four ounces, 2-3 times a week is sufficient.
Best mineral: Magnesium.
Magnesium gives you more energy for working out and for work. You can find magnesium in multivitamins of foods such as bran and dark green veggies.
Best exercise: Walking with hand weights.
This form of exercise, done for half and hour three times weekly, provides cardiovascular benefits and weight resistance training. Resistance training strengthens bones, this warding off osteoporosis.
Best fitness tip: Climb the stairs at work.
It is recommended that we do 30 minutes of physical activity a day. That can be a 15-minute walk to work, a 5-minute sprint up the office stairs and 10 minutes in the evening vacuuming. Research has shown that women who get 30 minutes of exercise daily reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease by 50 percent.
You’ll live longer if you…
laugh more, cry when you’re sad, fall in love, be social and express yourself.
(taken from Cosmopolitan November 1997)