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Two nutrients cut heart disease risk

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,...

Nutrition Notes: High blood pressure

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...

News for Diabetics: Vitamin C helps control blood pressure

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...

Antioxidants reduce hardened arteries

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...

Up potassium to lower blood pressure

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...

A Healthy Heart: Top 3 Supplements

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...

Heart condition? Don’t miss CoQ10!

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...

Boost fibre to keep up heart health

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...

Vitamin C lowers blood pressure

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...