Green tea and heart disease

Research has shown a 10% reduction in heart disease in patients who consume one cup of green tea a day. The same benefit does not seem to be present with consumption of black tea.

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Vitamin D and heart disease

New examination of patient data has disclosed evidence suggesting that vitamin D levels may play a highly significant role in cardiovascular health. This was according to an article published in the American Journal of Cardiology (October 2010).
Jeffrey L. Anderson, M.D., of the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, and colleagues analyzed 41,504 patient records. Vitamin D levels were reviewed as well as heart conditions to see if there was an association.
The researchers found a 63.6 percent prevalence of ...

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Dietary “pearls” to think about!

Trying to lower your LDL cholesterol? From Penn State comes a study which showed a 13% lowering of your bad cholesterol when two servings of pistachios are consumed per day. The thinking is the high content of “phytosterols” that are found in nuts that bind cholesterol in the gut.

It’s always better to focus on whole grain breads than refined white bread. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that those individuals who ate mostly whole grains had 17% less abdominal ...

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Elevating HDL cholesterol

While we are able to experience excellent results with the application of various statin medications to lower the “bad” form of cholesterol (LDL), there has been less ability to raise the “good”form (HDL) with medications. High HDL levels most commonly occur with those individuals blessed by “good genetics”. Exercise can promote an elevation of HDL but often requires a serious commitment to a significant amount of exercise to truly experience the bump in HDL desired by most patients with a ...

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Homocysteine and heart disease

homocysteineElevated levels of homocysteine (a breakdown product of an amino acid, methionine) can lead to inflammation of blood vessels, including coronary arteries. As a result, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) may develop leading to heart disease. In addition, hyperhomocysteinemia is also associated with excessive blood clotting issues in veins. This can lead to other health issues such as deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and secondarily, to blood clots to the lungs (pulmonary ...

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