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Red Cabbage Microgreens May Reduce Cardiovascular Risk

  These data suggest that microgreens can modulate weight gain and cholesterol metabolism and may protect against cardiovascular disease by preventing hypercholesterolemia.   Medical News Today –December 30, 2016– Red cabbage microgreens could reduce risk of cardiovascular disease  Many of us were told to “eat our greens” as children. Now, new research suggests that we should eat our microgreens, after finding that the red cabbage variety of the tiny vegetable may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers found that…

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Alcohol Consumption and the Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

In a meta-analysis of all studies, we observed a linear dose-response relationship between alcohol consumption and AF risk, with an overall 8% (6% to 10%) increase in AF risk per 1 drink/day increment in alcohol consumption. July 16, 2014 Life overflows with choices And consequences. You can choose to smoke and then not be surprised to die a difficult death from cancer. You can choose to eat more calories than you burn and then buy bigger belts. You…

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Avocados Reduce LDL Cholesterol

  Inclusion of one avocado per day as part of a moderate‐fat, cholesterol‐lowering diet has additional LDL‐C, LDL‐P, and non‐HDL‐C lowering effects, especially for small, dense LDL.   -Harvard Heart Letter –March, 2015 An avocado a day may keep cholesterol at bay Adding an avocado a day to a healthy diet may lower harmful LDL cholesterol levels, according to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Forty-five overweight or obese volunteers followed three different cholesterol-lowering diets, each…

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The Best Cooking Oils for Heart Health

She said the bulk of the evidence favors polyunsaturated fats — found in fish, walnuts, and flaxseeds, as well as sunflower, safflower, soybean and corn oils — rather than monounsaturated fats, found in other types of nuts and seeds, avocados, and olive, canola and peanut oils. Live Science -Cari Nierenberg– -July 21, 2017- The Science of Cooking Oils: Which Are Really the Healthiest?   These days, the shelf of the cooking-oil section of the supermarket is a crowded spot. This…

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Substantially Reduces Cardiac Mortality

Higher baseline total olive oil consumption was associated with 48% reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality.   BMC Medicine 13 May 2014 Olive Oil Intake and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality It is unknown whether individuals at high cardiovascular risk sustain a benefit in cardiovascular disease from increased olive oil consumption. The aim was to assess the association between total olive oil intake, its varieties (extra virgin and common olive oil) and the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality in a Mediterranean…

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Caffeine and Exercise Performance

  Caffeine is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream, and blood levels peak after 90-100 minutes. Caffeine levels remain high for 3–4 hours.   Healthline How Caffeine Improves Exercise Performance Caffeine is a powerful substance that can improve physical and mental performance. A single dose can significantly improve exercise performance, focus and fat burning (1, 2, 3, 4). The US Special Forces even use it to enhance performance and awareness. Caffeine is found in many foods and beverages, and over 90%…

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