Your cholesterol is normal - so you think your heart is healthy..............millions have high levels of a blood chemical called CRP - a sign of inflammation in your artery walls and other areas of your body still making your risk of heart disease high.

You can reverse and even prevent the inflammation just by:

Snacking on dried apricots, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, canteloupe, broccoli and spinach.

Beta-carotene will help lower your levels of C-reactive protein (CRP); 1400 mg of beta carotene can help to lower it as much as 42%.

Also, you can cook with beans. One cup of beans can give you up to 18 g fiber and by eating a fiber-rich diet (about 22 g daily) can cut your risk of having CRP problems by 63%. They can be easily added to soups, salads, stews and casseroles.

Nibble on walnuts - 1 to 2 ounces of walnuts daily can tame too high CRP in as little as 6 weeks. They have a rich supply of anti-inflammatory fatty acids which are also abundant in walnut oil, flaxseeds and flaxseed oil. Allergic to nuts: Eat fish 3 times a week - seafood is a great source of inflammation-taming omega-3 oils.

Start melting fat. Fat cells don't just produce extra curves outside your body, they produce a steady stream of CRP inside. So the more fat you have stored in your body, the more CRP you have in your bloodstream. A Norwegian study suggests taking 3.4g of conjugated linoleic acid CLA daily to speed the breakdown of excess fat and help you drop almost 10% of your body fat in a year without any change to your diet.

To dampen your CRP production and drop your heart-disease risk by at least 25%, take 1000 to 2000 mg of vitamin C daily instead.

Exercising just half an hour daily is linked to a 30% plunge in CRP. No time to workout?? Clip on your pedometer and count your steps. Just 10,000 steps daily can result in burning about 100 more calores than formal workouts.

Also, sleep deprivation increases your levels of cortisol, a stress hormore that can quadruple your production of CRP - so don't be afraid to nap!


ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE TAKING A NEW SUPPLEMENT.