cardiovascular health

Coconut Oil: Making informed decisions

Guest Blog by Jessica Stopard, RHN Don’t take everything that gets popular in the media as the whole truth. Last week’s review released by the American Heart Association (AHA), condemned saturated fats and specifically coconut oil. We are a society still suffering the...

Studies show mixed E a good choice

Scientists report that taking mixed vitamin E appears to be more beneficial than taking “regular” vitamin E — the type that contains only one compound, alpha-tocopherol. Mixed vitamin E contains four tocopherol compounds (alpha, beta, gamma and delta) and is closer to...

Soy Good: Component of soy foods improves blood flow and vessel health

An Italian study has found that a component of soy products, genistein, can bring about improved blood flow and blood vessel health, suggesting that soy can replace hormone therapy, which doctors now warn against because of increased risks of breast cancer, stroke and...

High cholesterol? Go nuts!

Researchers at the Lorna Linda University in California report that people who replaced 20% of their energy intake with almonds had a markedly improved cholesterol reading. The study compared the effects of a popular cholesterol control diet (Step 1), which restricts...

News for Diabetics: Vitamin C helps control blood pressure

Diabetics are at an elevated risk for many other diseases, including heart disease. Therefore, the maintenance of normal blood pressure is an important factor in avoiding poor cardiovascular health. According to a recent clinical trial, diabetics may lower their risk...

Mixed E best for heart health

Two recent studies confirm that mixed tocopherol vitamin E products may be superior to the more common alpha-tocopherol products — especially in the area of cardiovascular health. Mixed tocopherols are vitamin E supplements that contain alpha-, beta- delta- and...

Scientists eye new cholesterol treatment

People with high cholesterol who are looking for more natural options to bring levels down will be pleased to learn about Policosanol. This derivative of sugar cane wax is showing great success at lowering cholesterol levels in scientific trials. A recent trial at the...

Boost fibre to keep up heart health

We often think of fibre only in connection with “keeping regular”—but there’s much more to it that. Fibre has a lot to do with what goes on in the top halves of our bodies as well! A recent study at the University of Kentucky and the Veteran Affairs Medical Center...