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A Double-barrelled package to treat hypertension

By | February 1st, 2016|Featured Articles|

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 [...]

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Plant sterols help lower cholesterol

By | July 25th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 [...]

Not just weight loss: Chromium also lowers heart attack risk

By | July 25th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 [...]

Mineral helps prevent, ease diabetes

By | July 24th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 [...]

Beta glucan helps fight infections

By | July 24th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 [...]

Orange Power: Citrus compound lowers bad cholesterol

By | June 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 [...]

Help cut cholesterol with green tea

By | June 27th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 [...]

Older women need calcium and D

By | June 27th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 [...]

Niacin shines in cholesterol study

By | June 26th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 [...]