America’s Top Health Concerns

(ARA) - If you suffer from high cholesterol, joint discomfort or low mood, you’re not alone. Half of all Americans have high cholesterol levels (more than 200 mg/dL). Nearly 70 million Americans have joint problems, and most Americans will battle low mood at some point in their lives.

Fortunately, you can help keep your heart healthy, your joints flexible and your mood high by fueling your body with the proper nutrients. Atlanta-based registered dietitian Rachel Agnew, accredited through the American Dietetic Association, offers these easy-to-follow healthy tips:

* Pump Up Plant Intake: Nutrients called plant sterols and stanols contain cholesterol-lowering properties. They’re only found in trace amounts in foods -- a person would have to eat 55 bananas to meet the government recommendation of 2 grams of plant sterols and stanols daily. Since most people don’t want to eat this many bananas, a plant sterol/stanol supplement like Nature Made CholestOff is often a better option.

* Jumpstart Joint Health: Glucosamine and chondroitin work together to help cushion, lubricate and protect joints from daily wear and tear. Glucosamine and chondroitin work best when taken in a combination supplement like Nature Made TripleFlex.

* Fill Up on Fiber: A balanced diet low in saturated fat and high in fiber can help you maintain a healthy weight that doesn’t place stress on your joints.

* Supplement with SAM-e: Studies show that S-adenosylmethionine, better known as SAM-e, a naturally occurring compound produced by the body and found in all living cells, can help enhance mood. SAM-e can be found in a natural mood enhancer called Nature Made MoodPlus SAM-e.

Reducing your risk of heart disease and joint problems, and battling low mood can be easy when you know all your options. To learn more, visit

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