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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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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 [...]

Cranberry is Heart Healthy: Contains multiple compounds that open and relax arteries

By | July 23rd, 2015|HNU Archive|

Compounds that occur naturally in cranberries may be good for the heart, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found. Early results from studies indicate that feeding cranberry juice powder seems to relax and open blood vessels in pigs that are genetically susceptible to developing atherosclerosis, or clogged arteries. Kris Kruse-Elliott and co-researcher Jess Reed [...]

Recipe for Heart Health? Exercise, fish oils supplement a great combo

By | June 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

When fat (lipid) levels rise in the blood for an extended time, a condition called post prandial lipemia, it can cause a temporary risk for atherosclerosis, a leading cause of heart disease. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia found that a session of prolonged exercise along with taking a fish oil supplement dramatically decreases a [...]

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 [...]

Hawthorn a top pick for heart health

By | June 26th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Hawthorn is one of the most well-researched herbs used for heart conditions, including congestive heart failure, angina, high and low blood pressure, irregular heart beat, and more. In a recent review of eight studies at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth in England, researchers looked at the use of hawthorn extract to treat patients with [...]

Fish Oils for the Heart: Healthy fats have a number of benefits, study finds

By | June 24th, 2015|HNU Archive, Uncategorized|

Fish oil can help reduce deaths from heart disease, according to new evidence reports announced today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The systematic reviews of the available literature found evidence that long chain omega-3 fatty acids, the beneficial component ingested by eating fish or taking a fish oil supplement, reduce heart [...]

Antioxidants are Heart Healthy: Large studies show preventative action

By | June 22nd, 2015|HNU Archive, Uncategorized|

Large, epidemiologic studies indicate that among the healthy population, the long-term use of antioxidant supplements, specifically vitamin E and vitamin C, helps protect against heart disease. "It is puzzling how the American Heart Association's nutrition committee could recommend against the use of antioxidant supplements for primary prevention of heart disease, in the face of evidence [...]

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 [...]

Young at Heart? Vitamins improve cholesterol problems in children

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

An estimated 50 million children have high levels of the "bad" cholesterol -- known as LDL -- that puts them at high risk for suffering heart attacks as adults. Most of these children have inherited disorders causing these abnormal cholesterol levels. Because prescription cholesterol drugs are not usually recommended for use in children, scientists have [...]