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Garlic. Not only does garlic make just about anything taste delicious, it could also lower blood pressure. It may slow the build-up of plaque in the arteries, lowering your risk of clots. Research shows that both whole garlic and supplements may help.

Green Tea. Research shows that green tea -- either as an extract or as a drink -- may lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol. Green tea may also lower your risk of developing high blood pressure, although not all studies show this benefit.

Safe Supplement Use

Don't blindly take every supplement that's labeled "heart healthy." Swallowing handfuls of supplements a day could be useless -- and dangerous.

Pay attention to what the supplement does, and make sure you really need it. Do you need to raise your good cholesterol or lower your bad cholesterol?

Ask your doctor which supplement is most likely to help. If you have a heart condition or other risk factors for heart attack, for your safety, you must follow your doctor's advice. Trying to treat a serious health condition on your own with over-the-counter supplements is way too risky.

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