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Sprouting garlic packed with heart-healthy antioxidants, say researchers

Posted February 28, 2014

Old garlic bulbs that have grown ‘sprouts’ are often considered past their prime, however new research suggests these aging bulbs have higher levels of heart-healthy antioxidants than their fresh counterparts.

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Why dark chocolate is good for your heart

Posted February 28, 2014

It might seem too good to be true, but dark chocolate is good for you and scientists now know why. Dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels. Both arterial stiffness and white blood cell adhesion are known factors that play a significant role in atherosclerosis. What’s more, the scientists also found that increasing the flavanol content of dark chocolate did not change this effect. This discovery was published in the March 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal.

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3 Ways B Vitamins Can Protect Your Heart

Posted February 27, 2014

Heart disease is the #1 killer in the U.S. So it’s important that you take preventative steps to protect your cardiovascular health. There is more than enough proof that B vitamins can play an vital role in keeping your heart healthy. The American Heart Association — with its pharmaceutical industry sponsors — is way behind on this one! We recommend taking a balanced formula containing all eight B vitamins, in these amounts: thiamine (25 mg), riboflavin (25 mg), niacin (25 mg), vitamin B6 (50 mg), folic acid (800 mcg), vitamin B12 (500 mcg), biotin (300 mcg) and pantothenic acid (50 mg).

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The Heart Herbs: Hawthorn and Garlic

Posted February 19, 2014

Joseph has high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels–no symptoms yet, but he’s concerned because his dad died of a heart attack at 52. At 48, he is more fit than his dad was and more conscious about his diet. He eats more whole grains and vegetables, more fish and chicken–red meat only occasionally, and he doesn’t smoke. His downfall, if he were to admit it, is his job.

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‘Heart health through gut health’: probiotics may help lower LDL cholesterol

Posted February 14, 2014

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a leading cause of death worldwide, and elevated LDL cholesterol is a major risk factor. Although most consumers understand the importance of maintaining a healthy cholesterol level for a healthy heart, few associate gut health with heart health.

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Hawthorn for the Heart

Posted February 14, 2014

The best-known herb for the heart in western herbalism is Hawthorn, which is a small tree or shrub that grows throughout the northern hemisphere. The fruits, flowers, and leaves are processed into tinctures and other kinds of extracts available in capsules or tablets in the U.S. and other parts of the world.

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Majority of Americans have their heart health facts wrong

Posted February 10, 2014

Despite the fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., about three-quarters (74 percent) of Americans do not fear dying from it, according to a recent survey.

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Go Red to Fight Heart Disease

Posted February 9, 2014

A number of previous studies have demonstrated that increased consumption of foods rich in polyphenols – a potent antioxidant compound, help to lower the risks of cardiovascular disease. A. Tresserra-Rimbau, from the University of Barcelona (Spain), and colleagues analyzed data collected on 7,172 men and women, ages 55 to 80 years, enrolled in the PREDIMED (PREvencion con DIeta MEDiterranea) study.

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EU heart health group backs sterols-stanols

Posted February 3, 2014

Two grams of plant sterols or plant stanols per day in functional foods can help manage cholesterol for those with moderate heart disease risk and who are taking statin drugs, the European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) has said.

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Calendula can reduce inflammation, heal the skin and help protect the heart

Posted January 28, 2014

Calendula, sometimes named marigold by certain people, is a plant that comes from the Asteraceae family. It grows up to be approximately two feet tall and usually produces some very beautiful yellow flowers. Calendula is believed to originate from Egypt and certain parts of Southern Europe but it is now grown all over the world.

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