Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Ideas

Win her (or his) heart with these healthy ways to celebrate
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melted chocolate and strawberries
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Slurp some oysters together.

They’re known asaphrodisiacs, but their real action may be on the heart, thanks to their omega-3 fatty acids. These good fats keep heart rhythms healthy, lower levels of blood fats called triglycerides, discourage the formation of plaque in artery walls and even lower blood pressure slightly. If the idea of oysters is hard to swallow, serve your sweetie any seafood that’s rich in omega-3s, such as salmon, wild trout or sardines. A Harvard School of Public Health study found that two to four servings of fish and seafood rich in omega-3 fatty acids a week cut the risk of a fatal heart attack by 31 percent.

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