• By Laurel Kelly

Housecall: What’s on your Thanksgiving menu?

November 25, 2019
a festive holiday dinner table with a lot of people celebrating

THIS WEEK'S TOP TOPICS
Delicious, healthy recipes for your Thanksgiving menu
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for family, friends, good health and great food. If you're interested in a fresh look at your menu this year — something new instead of serving the same old standbys — try healthier recipes. Here are some delicious ideas with all of the taste, but less fat, calories and sodium.

Why is red wine good for your heart?
Red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart-healthy. Antioxidants in red wine may increase levels of high-density lipoprotein, or HDL or "good," cholesterol; reduce levels of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL or "bad," cholesterol; and protect against coronary artery disease. However, study results on these benefits are mixed, and drinking too much alcohol increases your risk of heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke and other health problems. Here's what you need to know.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Can blood pressure be higher in one arm?
Generally, a small difference in blood pressure readings between arms isn't a health concern. However, a difference of more than 10 millimeters of mercury for either your top number — the systolic pressure, or bottom number — the diastolic pressure, may be a sign of blocked arteries, diabetes or another health problem. Learn more from Dr. Sheldon Sheps, an emeritus Mayo Clinic hypertension and peripheral vascular diseases specialist.

Is echinacea effective for the common cold?
Are you thinking about taking an echinacea supplement to get over a cold faster? Some studies have found echinacea to be helpful, while other studies have found no benefit. Learn more from Dr. Brent Bauer, director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
HPV vaccine: Who needs it, how it works
Coping with side effects of hepatitis C drugs
Sudden cardiac arrest

HEALTHY RECIPES
Couscous salad
Braised kale with cherry tomatoes
Cod with lemon and capers
Spiced carrot raisin tea bread

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Vitamin C: An essential nutrient
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that supports normal growth and development, and helps your body absorb iron. Because your body doesn't produce or store vitamin C, it's important to include vitamin C in your diet. For most people, an orange, or 1 cup of strawberries, chopped red pepper or broccoli, provides enough vitamin C for the day.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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