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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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Beet Juice Can Increase Exercise Endurance in Heart Failure Patients

After analysis, researchers found that exercise endurance improved by 24% after one week of daily beetroot juice consumption. American College of Cardiology March 08, 2016 Nitrates in beet juice may help improve blood flow and exercise ability. A daily serving of beet juice may improve quality of life for heart failure patients, based on recent findings linking beetroot juice to blood pressure reductions and improved exercise endurance. Published in JACC: Heart Failure, this study tested the benefits of beet 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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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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