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Pomegranates and Heart Health

Preliminary evidence suggests that drinking pomegranate juice every day may help lower systolic blood pressure. University of Maryland Medical Center Introduction Pomegranates have been used as medicine for thousands of years. More recently, they have been called a “superfood” that can protect against disease. In laboratory tests, pomegranate shows antiviral, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. But more research is needed to determine whether it can help prevent or treat illness in humans. In addition, there is some concern that pomegranate juice…

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Lutein and the Reduction of Chronic Inflammation

Our study confirms that one particular carotenoid, lutein, can suppress long-term inflammation in patients with coronary artery disease. Medical News Today –July 7, 2017 A new study finds that lutein, a compound that gives egg yolk and some plants their color, can reduce chronic inflammation in patients with coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease. Researchers have recently found that lutein, a compound found in egg yolk, can reduce inflammation levels among patients with heart disease. In…

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Canakinumab, an Anti-Inflammatory Medication, Reduces Risk of Second Heart Attack

For the first time, we’ve been able to definitively show that lowering inflammation independent of cholesterol reduces cardiovascular risk   Harvard Gazette –August 27, 2017 –Haley Bridger Inflammation reduction cuts risk of heart attack, stroke   Trial study finds need for expensive interventions, such as bypass surgery, cut by more than 30 percent A significant reduction in risk of recurrent heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular death was found among people who received a targeted anti-inflammatory drug that lowered inflammation but…

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Does Intermittent Fasting Reduce Heart Disease?

Regularly fasting — severely restricting food and drink for a 24-hour period on one to two days a week — can potentially improve your risk factors related to heart health. Mayo Clinic September 28, 2017 Is it true that occasionally following a fasting diet can reduce my risk of heart disease? Answers from Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D.: Maybe. Researchers aren’t sure why, but it seems that regularly fasting — severely restricting food and drink for a 24-hour period on one to…

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Eating Chocolate is Associated with Reduced Heart Disease

It’s possible that people who like to eat chocolate do something else that offers heart protection, like eat a wide variety of healthful foods. Harvard Health Blog –June 16, 2015 –Howard LeWine, M.D. If you’re a chocoholic, the news out of England is tantalizing: middle-aged and older adults who eat up to 3.5 ounces of chocolate a day (that’s more than two standard Hershey bars) seem to have lower rates of heart disease than those who spurn chocolate. At least…

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Green Tea May Lower Heart Disease Risk

A study of 40,530 Japanese adults found that participants who drank more than five cups of green tea a day had a 26% lower risk of death from heart attack or stroke [Note that correlation is not cause and effect; tea drinkers may have other characteristics that are cardioprotective] Harvard Heart Letter December, 2012 Lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease may be as easy as drinking green tea. Studies suggest this light, aromatic tea may lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides,…

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