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A Double-barrelled package to treat hypertension

Guest article by W. Gifford-Jones, MD Today millions of North Americans suffer hypertension and 99% are being treated by prescription drugs. Studies show that nearly 50% discontinue their medication due to unpleasant side-effects. But tossing away drugs is a hazardous move which can result in earlier death. This week, a double-barrelled natural remedy that helps [...]

A Double-barrelled package to treat hypertension 2018-02-15T15:52:52+00:00

Plant sterols help lower cholesterol

Diabetics, who have a tendency toward high cholesterol, may benefit the most from increased intake of plant sterols. Experts in cholesterol management now recommend an intake of 1.3 grams of phytosterols (plant sterols) per day to help lower dietary cholesterol absorption and reduce harmful levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. A recent Canadian study supports this [...]

Plant sterols help lower cholesterol 2015-09-09T13:49:29+00:00

Not just weight loss: Chromium also lowers heart attack risk

Chromium is a trace element that helps balance blood sugar and may aid in weight loss. New research suggests that chromium deficiency is linked to a higher risk of heart attacks, and that the mineral may aid in healthy cholesterol levels. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University conducted a study across eight European countries and Israel [...]

Not just weight loss: Chromium also lowers heart attack risk 2018-02-15T15:53:02+00:00

Mineral helps prevent, ease diabetes

In a long-term study at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, researchers examined a possible link between low magnesium intake and increased risk of type 2 diabetes. They monitored the health and diet of 85,060 women and 42,872 men with no history of diabetes, heart disease or cancer, for 18 years (women) or [...]

Mineral helps prevent, ease diabetes 2018-02-15T15:53:03+00:00

Beta glucan helps fight infections

Beta glucans are complex glucose molecules found in baker’s yeast and the bran of oats and barley. Several studies suggest beta glucan supplements can boost immune response, help prevent cancer and help lower cholesterol. In a study at Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University, researchers found beta glucan could result in faster healing by enhancing [...]

Beta glucan helps fight infections 2015-09-09T13:49:31+00:00

Orange Power: Citrus compound lowers bad cholesterol

A compound found in the peels of citrus fruit has the potential to lower cholesterol more effectively than some prescription drugs, and without side effects, according to a study by US and Canadian researchers. The joint study identified a class of compounds isolated from orange and tangerine peels that shows promise in animal studies as [...]

Orange Power: Citrus compound lowers bad cholesterol 2015-09-09T13:50:28+00:00

Help cut cholesterol with green tea

In a trial at the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, researchers set out to determine if green tea consumption, which has been associated with decreased cardiovascular risk, had any impact on cholesterol levels. In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial set in six hospitals in China, a total of 240 men [...]

Help cut cholesterol with green tea 2015-09-09T13:50:29+00:00

Older women need calcium and D

Deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D are common in older individuals, particularly those who live in nursing homes. These deficiencies increase the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. Recent studies show supplementation can decrease this risk and provide secondary benefits. At the Rheumatology Department, North Hospital Group in France, researchers conducted a study of supplementation [...]

Older women need calcium and D 2015-09-09T13:50:30+00:00

Niacin shines in cholesterol study

High cholesterol, a key risk factor for heart disease, can be modified through diet, lifestyle and drugs, yet many people still struggle to lower their cholesterol levels. Recently, scientists from the University of Maryland published a review stating that niacin, combined with other cholesterol-lowering agents, could be a valuable treatment option for some patients with [...]

Niacin shines in cholesterol study 2015-09-09T13:50:31+00:00

Good Fats for Healthy Heart: Flaxseed and nut oils reduce risk for disease

A Penn State study has shown that a diet rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential fatty acid found in flaxseed oil, walnuts and walnut oil, not only lowered bad cholesterol but also decreased markers for blood vessel inflammation in men and women. The study included 20 men and 3 women, average age about 50, [...]

Good Fats for Healthy Heart: Flaxseed and nut oils reduce risk for disease 2018-02-15T15:53:22+00:00

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