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Coconut Oil: Making informed decisions

By | June 23rd, 2017|Blog|

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 repercussions of a study from the 1950s that made us fear saturated [...]

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Blood Pressure and Your Plate: Dietary changes may be simple, drug-free treatment

By | July 21st, 2015|HNU Archive|

A new scientific review shows that high blood pressure can be reduced with diet changes, especially a vegetarian diet. The new report analyzes the results of published studies and concludes that vegetarian populations have lower rates of hypertension, "the silent killer." Vegetarians tend to be slimmer, on average, and that is one reason their blood [...]

Studies show mixed E a good choice

By | June 26th, 2015|HNU Archive, Uncategorized|

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 how vitamin E is found in nature. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg [...]

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

By | June 13th, 2015|HNU Archive, Uncategorized|

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 heart attack in women. Genistein is one of the plant chemicals in [...]

High cholesterol? Go nuts!

By | June 12th, 2015|HNU Archive, Uncategorized|

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 the total fat intake to 30% of daily calories, saturated fat to 10%, and [...]

News for Diabetics: Vitamin C helps control blood pressure

By | June 11th, 2015|HNU Archive, Uncategorized|

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 for heart disease simply by taking a daily dose of vitamin C. Researchers from Royal [...]

Mixed E best for heart health

By | June 7th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 gamma-tocopherols in a ratio more similar to how vitamin E is found in nature. At the [...]

Scientists eye new cholesterol treatment

By | May 27th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 Eva Peron Hospital in Argentina showed that Policosanol was both effective [...]

Boost fibre to keep up heart health

By | May 24th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 looked at the effects of [...]