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Rose Hips for Reducing Blood Pressure

Overall, the risk of cardiovascular disease was decreased by 17% in the rose hip group compared to the control group Life Extension (Originally in Nature) Michael Smith, M.D. Despite pharmaceutical profits of billions of dollars on heart medications, heart disease is still our number one killer. Although that topic is probably better suited for its own blog post, it sets the perfect stage for what we’re going to talk about here: a new study that explores the range of potential…

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Spices and Heart Health

Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde, a phytochemical that may fight viruses, lower blood sugar and ward off diabetes, lower cholesterol, and protect against neurodegenerative diseases Harvard Health Letter February 2016 Can everyday spices make you healthier? The health benefits of foods such as berries, broccoli, and salmon are well known. But your kitchen’s spice rack may also hold some secret weapons against conditions such as inflammation, heart disease, cancer, and more. “Spices are underused, but it would be very easy to take…

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Triglyceride Levels and Cardiovascular Risk

Triglyceride levels above 150 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) are associated with a higher cardiovascular risk. Harvard Men’s Heath Watch –June, 2015 Know your triglycerides: The level of triglycerides in the blood, like measurements of “bad” cholesterol, helps to gauge your risk for heart disease. High levels of these fatty particles in the blood means you may need to step up healthy lifestyle changes. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, invades the artery walls and causes atherosclerosis, the buildup of fatty…

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Triglycerides in Heart Disease

Recent studies suggest that among patients with coronary artery disease who are on intensive statin treatment and have optimal levels of LDL cholesterol, triglyceride levels remain a significant predictor of residual risk. from Doc’s Opinion: Axel F. Sigurdsson MD. December 27, 2017 Triglycerides – An Overview of the Role of Triglycerides in Heart Disease As we grow older, we become more and more likely to develop heart disease. Obviously, we don’t think about it much in our twenties and thirties…

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Skipping Breakfast Associated with Hardening of the Arteries

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Skipping breakfast is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis, or the hardening and narrowing of arteries due to a build-up of plaque, according to research published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. From the American College of Cardiology Oct 02, 2017 Eating a healthy breakfast has been shown to promote greater heart health, including healthier weight and cholesterol. While previous studies have linked skipping breakfast to coronary heart disease risk, this is the first study…

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Does Saturated Fat Clot Arteries?

Saturated Fat Does Not Clog the Arteries –Coronary Heart Disease Is a Chronic Inflammatory Condition, the Risk of Which Can Be Effectively Reduced From Healthy Lifestyle Interventions– –Abstract and Introduction– Coronary artery disease pathogenesis and treatment urgently requires a paradigm shift. Despite popular belief among doctors and the public, the conceptual model of dietary saturated fat clogging a pipe is just plain wrong. A landmark systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies showed no association between saturated fat consumption and…

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