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Fiber Supplements Northampton MA

Fiber supplements help people improve dietary intake, lower blood cholesterol, ease irritable bowel syndrome, reduce the risk of colon cancer, and increase the feelings of satiety. See below for local businesses in Northampton that give access to fiber supplements as well as advice and content on gastrointestinal health and weight management.

Choice Health
(413) 568-8333
307 E. Main St. Route 20
Westfield, MA

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Brooks Pharmacy
(413) 584-0182
198 Pine St
Florence, MA
 
Pioneer Valley Dietetics
(413) 527-7676
247 Northampton St
Easthampton, MA
 
Lasneski Gary
(413) 587-3151
2 Bay Rd Ste 202
Hadley, MA
 
General Nutrition Ctr
(413) 584-9617
Hampshire Mall
Hadley, MA
 
Cornucopia Foods
(413) 586-3800
150 Main St
Northampton, MA
 
Brooks Pharmacy
(413) 527-7410
32 Union St
Easthampton, MA
 
Shaklee Bestwater Products
(413) 527-7524
116 East St
Easthampton, MA
 
Alternative Health Care of Western Mass
(413) 587-3151
2 Bay Rd Ste 202
Hadley, MA
 
Thomson Arleen Rd
(413) 584-9888
234 Russell St
Hadley, MA
 
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Fuel and Fitness: The Power Twins That Help Lower Your Cholesterol

Cholesterol-laden plaque can gradually clog blood vessels, preventing blood flow to the heart, brain, and muscles and causing heart attacks and strokes. Help protect your blood vessels from plaque buildup by making lifestyle changes that wield a lot of power.

Smart Fat and Fiber Choices

Given that two thirds of American adults are overweight, it’s clear that what most people are doing isn’t working. Eating healthy fats and more fiber is essential to controlling both cholesterol and weight.

You want to limit the saturated fat that contributes to high cholesterol numbers, says Karla P. Shelnutt, PhD, RD, of the University of Florida.
“Trans fats [partially hydrogenated fats] are particularly harmful, so check food labels and avoid them,” Shelnutt says. “We’re still finding trans fats being used in restaurants and fast-food places, so prepare your own foods as much as possible.

“Aim to get more monounsaturated fats, like olive oil and canola oils, and omega-3 fatty acids [polyunsaturated fats] in your diet,” she adds. “These fats decrease inflammation and cut risk for cardiac disease.” Foods rich in omega-3s include walnuts, flaxseed oil, and salmon. Eat a small handful of nuts each day, have fish several times a week, eat cereals made with flax, sprinkle ground flax over yogurt, or add flax meal to your favorite baked goods.

Another weapon against runaway cholesterol, says Shelnutt, is phytosterols, also called sterols and stanols, which naturally occur in many foods. They block cholesterol absorption and can be a great part of your healthy eating plan. Look for them in products such as BENECOL Light Spread, Minute Maid Heart Wise orange juice, and CocoaVia chocolate bars.

Fish oil also seems to help change plaque composition so that it’s less likely to cause clogging. Studies show that fish and flaxseed oils can actually increase the level of “good” cholesterol (HDL) and reduce “bad” cholesterol (LDL). “If you’re going to take supplements, seek a pharmaceutical-grade oil that has been certified by the United States Pharmacopeia,” says Shelnutt. As with any supplement or drug, there can be side effects, such as the blood-thinning action of fish oil. Always check with your doctor first.

“Soluble fiber specifically affects cholesterol levels, blocking dietary cholesterol and fat from being absorbed in the intestines,” Shelnutt continues. “Both soluble and insoluble fiber are very good for your overall health, and you can now buy supplements of both kinds.”

Foods rich in soluble fiber include oats, barley, soybeans, dried beans and peas, psyllium seeds, oranges, and grapefruits. Vegetables, fruits, and whole grains have varying degrees of both fibers, and their antioxidants and phytochemicals are very beneficial.
Whole grains are also helpful. Since they’re absorbed more slowly than...

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