By Sylvia Booth Hubbard
Heart disease is the leading health problem in America with one in four adults suffering from some form of cardiovascular disorder. Since 1900, heart disease has been the No. 1 killer of Americans every year, except 1918, when the influenza pandemic hit. But the good news is that you can take simple steps � often as easy as adding a single food to your diet � to lower your risk. Add any of these nine scientifically proven habits to start boosting your heart health today.
1. Eat more blueberries
These little berries contain high levels of natural antioxidants called anthocyanins. An animal study at the University of Michigan found that diets high in anthocyanins greatly reduced the risk of heart disease. The Women's Health Study also found that women whose diets were high in the nutrient significantly lowered their chance of developing heart disease.