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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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Taking EFA pays off for heart patients

By | August 13th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are widely believed to help prevent heart disease, and two recent studies show why. In a joint clinical study, US researchers explored the possible benefits of EFAs for patients with heart disease. In this study, 18 white males with a history of heart disease were randomized into two groups. The groups [...]

Two to the heart: Cardio essentials

By | August 13th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Heart disease includes a number of separate but often related conditions, such as angina, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and atherosclerosis. As the number one cause of death in North America, heart disease is strongly linked to diet and lifestyle choices, though genetic predisposition can be a factor. A number of nutritional [...]

Oil Change for the Heart: Heart benefits seen in as little as two weeks with fish or soy oils

By | July 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Taking daily supplements of fish or soy oil may improve cardiac function and protect against heart attacks in the short-term, say researchers from Emory University School of Medicine. The study results are the first to show that soy oil increases heart rate variability (HRV), a measure of cardiac autonomic function. "Our findings contradict the current [...]

Two nutrients cut heart disease risk

By | July 24th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Research suggests that people with elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) are at an increased risk for hypertension and cardiovascular disease. CRP is a marker of inflammation in the body. Two recent studies highlight a connection between nutrients and CRP, suggesting that the risk of cardiovascular disease can be lowered by ensuring adequate intakes. In [...]

Folic acid among top heart nutrients

By | July 24th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Attendees at the American Heart Association’s 58th Annual High Blood Pressure Research Conference heard evidence that women who consumed more than 800 mcg/day of folic acid reduced their risk of high blood pressure by almost a third compared to those who consumed less than 200 mcg/day. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston used [...]

Vitamin E Protects Heart: Diabetics benefit from daily supplement

By | June 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Despite recent reports that high-dose vitamin E is associated with a higher overall risk of dying, at least one group stands to benefit greatly. About 40% of diabetic patients can reduce their risk of heart attacks and of dying from heart disease by taking vitamin E supplements, according to a study published in the November [...]

The Heart Vitamin? Study says vitamin C may reduce heart disease risk

By | June 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Supplementing with vitamin C could reduce your risk of major heart disease events like heart attack, suggests a new analysis of studies. An international team of researchers pooled data from nine prospective studies. They included information on intakes of vitamin E, carotenoids and vitamin C, with a 10-year follow-up to check for major heart disease [...]

The C Factor: Vitamin C reduces risk for trio of serious diseases

By | June 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Vitamin C supplements can reduce levels of C- reactive protein, a marker of inflammation and chronic disease risk in humans, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Participants who took about 500 mg of vitamin C supplements per day saw a 24% drop in plasma C-reactive protein (CRP) [...]