atherosclerosis

Cranberry is Heart Healthy: Contains multiple compounds that open and relax arteries

Compounds that occur naturally in cranberries may be good for the heart, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found. Early results from studies indicate that feeding cranberry juice powder seems to relax and open blood vessels in pigs that are...

Recipe for Heart Health? Exercise, fish oils supplement a great combo

When fat (lipid) levels rise in the blood for an extended time, a condition called post prandial lipemia, it can cause a temporary risk for atherosclerosis, a leading cause of heart disease. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia found that a session of...

Vitamin C, taurine ease artery damage from smoking

Researchers have found that vitamin C and taurine, an amino acid in fish, reversed abnormal blood vessel response associated with cigarette smoking. “When blood vessels are exposed to cigarette smoke it causes the vessels to behave like a rigid pipe rather than a...

CLA: Can one pill really do all this?

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a slightly altered form of the omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid. It occurs naturally in dairy products and meats from grass-fed animals such as beef and lamb. However, changes in animal feeding practices and antibiotic use over the...

Antioxidants reduce hardened arteries

Hardening of the arteries, known as atherosclerosis, is a common heart condition, often associated with type 2 diabetes. In a study at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Ireland, researchers found that vitamin C can help reduce blood pressure and arterial stiffness in...