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High consumption of fish oil may benefit cardiovascular health, Pitt Public Health finds

Posted March 7, 2014

Eating fish in amounts comparable to those of people living in Japan seems to impart a protective factor that wards off heart disease, according to an international study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

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Mediterranean Diet Reduces LDL Cholesterol Levels in Statin-intolerant Patients with Low Cardiovascular Risk, and Red Yeast Rice Further Improves the Effects

Posted February 24, 2014

In a study involving 171 patients, including 46 type 2 diabetics adhering to a Mediterranean diet (MD) (group 1), 44 type 2 diabetics adhering to a MD plus supplemented with red yeast rice (group 2), 38 dyslipidemic patients adhering to a MD alone (group 3), and 43 dyslipidemic patients adhering to a MD plus RYR (group 4), adherence to a MD alone was found to be effective in reducing LDL-cholesterol in statin-intolerant patients with presumably low cardiovascular risk, and the addition of RYR was found to further improve LDL levels in this population and in type 2 diabetics as well.

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Coconuts can improve brain function, boost cardiovascular health and more

Posted February 18, 2014

Few tropical fruits are as versatile as coconuts. These unique, round drupes, whose name likely derives from the 16th-century Spanish word for “head” or “skull,” are processed around the world to make coconut milk, flour, sugar and butter, countless soap and cosmetic products, and, of course, coconut oil — one of the greatest superfoods on Earth. In fact, coconut products have become so popular in the West that we often overlook the fruit in its natural state.

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New analysis suggests whole diet approach to lower cardiovascular risk has more evidence than low-fat diets

Posted February 7, 2014

A study published in The American Journal of Medicine reveals that a whole diet approach, which focuses on increased intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fish, has more evidence for reducing cardiovascular risk than strategies that focus exclusively on reduced dietary fat. This new study explains that while strictly low-fat diets have the ability to lower cholesterol, they are not as conclusive in reducing cardiac deaths.

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‘Opening doors’: Whole grape extracts support cardiovascular health and antioxidant activity

Posted January 15, 2014

Daily intake of a whole grape extract may improve antioxidant levels, and improve cholesterol levels, says the first North American study to report such measures.

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Seeking a low-cost solution to cardiovascular troubles? Hibiscus may be the answer

Posted January 3, 2014

If you have traveled to Mexico, then chances are that you’ve seen the vibrant, scarlet-hued herbal tea known as hibiscus. Commonly referred to as “sour drink” in Iran, hibiscus not only is a refreshingly tart brew but also has been used worldwide as an effective medicinal beverage. Rich in vitamin C, alkaloids and bioflavonoids, this bright-red elixir is traditionally used for supporting respiratory and cardiovascular health, lowering blood pressure, maintaining fluid balance and alleviating insomnia. And now, contemporary research has validated the herb as a health-promoting tonic in a variety of areas.

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Study Strengthens Link Between Low Dietary Fiber Intake and Increased Cardiovascular Risk

Posted October 21, 2013

A new study published in the December issue of The American Journal of Medicine shows a significant association between low dietary fiber intake and cardiometabolic risks including metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular inflammation, and obesity. Surveillance data from 23,168 subjects in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1999-2010 was used to examine the role dietary fiber plays in heart health.

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The Surprising Way Walnut Oil Might Save Your Heart

Posted October 15, 2013

The impact of eating walnuts has been evident for the past decade as repeated scientific studies confirm that the omega-3 fats in this tasty nut promote cardiovascular health as they improve cholesterol biomarkers. But one research team recently took it up a notch, offering more insight into why this little nut is so powerful.

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Latest research on coffee and cardiovascular health

Posted October 1, 2013

Coffee is one of the most extensively researched components in the diet. New studies are regularly being added to the already large body of scientific research, which overall suggests that moderate habitual coffee consumption is not associated with detrimental effects on cardiovascular health.

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Olive Oil May Benefit Impaired Glucose Regulation and Other Cardiometabolic Risk Factors

Posted September 9, 2013

In a population-based, cross-sectional, cluster sampling study involving 4,572 individuals in the Spanish population, consumption of olive oil (found in 90% of the Spanish population) as opposed to sunflower oil, was found to be associated with a lower risk of obesity, impaired glucose metabolism, hypertriglyceridemia and low HDL cholesterol.

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