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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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Frequent Spicy Food Consumption Linked with Longer Lfe

People who eat spicy foods nearly every day have a 14% chance of living longer than those who consume spicy foods less than once a week, according to a new study Harvard School of Public Health –August 4, 2015 – Regular spicy food eaters also are less likely to die from cancer and heart and respiratory diseases than those who eat spicy foods infrequently. “The findings are highly novel,” said Lu Qi, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition at…

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Processed Meats and Heart Issues

Men who ate the most processed red meat had a 28 percent higher risk of heart failure compared to men who ate the least. Processed red meat linked to higher risk of heart failure, death in men American Heart Association –June 12, 2014 — Men who eat moderate amounts of processed red meat may have an increased risk of incidence and death from heart failure, according to a study in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association journal. Processed meats…

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TMAO: A New Indicator for Heart Problems

We found that the Cleveland patients with higher TMAO levels were more likely to experience a major adverse cardiovascular event at 30 days, six months and seven years after their admittance to hospital. Medical Xpress January 10, 2017 The bacteria that inhabit our gut digest food and produce metabolites that can have a marked effect on the heart and blood vessels. Researchers have found that measuring the levels of a molecule called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) that is produced by the…

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Ten Foods Most Associated with Cardiovascular Diseases

High intake of red meat and processed meats such as bacon was linked to 8 percent of the deaths; sugary drinks were a factor in 7.4 percent of the deaths. Source:  NPR March 11, 2017 Eating More — Or Less — Of 10 Foods May Cut Risk Of Early Death About half of all U.S. deaths from heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes are linked to poor diets, according to a new study published in the Journal of the…

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Fish Oil Supplements Provide Benefit After Heart Attack, Heart Failure

FIsh oil and the heart

Omega-3 fish oil supplements do not prevent a second heart attack, but taking about a gram a day could reduce deaths from coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death by about 10 percent. Source: American Heart Association News March 13, 2017 Omega-3 fish oil supplements may slightly lower the risk of dying after heart failure or a recent heart attack, but they don’t prevent heart disease, says an advisory issued Monday by the American Heart Association. About 18.8 million adults…

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