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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 [...]

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 [...]

Nutrition Notes: High blood pressure

By | July 21st, 2015|HNU Archive|

There’s more to controlling blood pressure than simply taking pills and cutting sodium intake. Whether your goal is treating high blood pressure or preventing it, many diet and lifestyle choices also have an impact. Here are a few changes that can have a significant impact on your blood pressure: 1. Maintain a healthy weight. Weight [...]

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 [...]

Antioxidants reduce hardened arteries

By | June 4th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Hardening of the arteries, known as atherosclerosis, is a common heart condition, often associated with type 2 diabetes. In a study at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Ireland, researchers found that vitamin C can help reduce blood pressure and arterial stiffness in adults with type 2 diabetes. In this double-blind study, 30 patients, aged 45 [...]

Up potassium to lower blood pressure

By | May 30th, 2015|HNU Archive|

While the primary functions of potassium in the body are to maintain normal fluid balance and promote normal nerve and muscle function, research has also shown a direct link between adequate potassium intake and healthy blood pressure levels. Clinicians at the University of Arkansas conducted a thorough review of the research on potassium and blood [...]

A Healthy Heart: Top 3 Supplements

By | May 29th, 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 (cardiovascular disease) is strongly linked to diet and lifestyle choices, though genetic predisposition can be a factor. A number [...]

Heart condition? Don’t miss CoQ10!

By | May 27th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a potent natural antioxidant produced in the body. It is essential for a number of body functions and has been shown to improve heart health, immunity and fatigue. CoQ10 also protects LDL cholesterol from free radical damage and boosts the effects of vitamin E. As we age, however, our bodies are [...]

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 [...]

Vitamin C lowers blood pressure

By | May 24th, 2015|HNU Archive|

The Canada Food Guide suggests that adults eat between five and 10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Packed with antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, and beta-carotene and lycopene, fruits and veggies promote good health and protect us from disease. But according to a new study, it may be the vitamin C [...]