Heart Disease 

The Heart Disease Reversal Plan

Statistically, heart disease is the No: 1 killer disease in the world. In many cases, nothing is detected hence patients do not see symptoms coming on. A heart attack that comes when the patient is unaware, is often fatal especially if the person is below the age of 40. In most circumstances, this kind of death is completely unavoidable. So how do you ensure that you have a healthy heart? First of all, never wait for symptoms to strike. Start being proactive about your health after the age of 30.…

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Are you getting enough Vitamin E?

If you have high cholesterol, triglycerides, your lipids could be blocking your vitamin E absorption, which means that the anti-oxidant properties of vitamin E that protect your heart, could be compromised. A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by Oregon State University has found that high levels of blood lipids such as cholesterol and triglycerides can keep this essential micronutrient tied up in the blood stream, and prevent vitamin E from reaching the tissues that need it. Vitamin E is especially important in some places such as artery…

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Smoking gives your kids heart disease

It’s not the chic thing to do any more. It’s more about being insensitive parents. If you smoke in front of your kids, the passive smoking can affect them way into adulthood and give them clogged arteries, as per a new research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. Researchers tracked childhood exposure to parental smoking from 1980 and 1983. They collected carotid ultrasound data in adulthood in 2001 and 2007. In 2014, they measured participant’s childhood blood cotinine levels from samples collected and frozen in 1980. Cotinine is a biomarker of passive smoke exposure. The…

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Eat folic acid to reduce risk of stroke

It takes a study for doctors to believe what nutrition experts like Patrick Holford have always said: folic acid reduces the risk of stroke, as per JAMA – Journal of the American Medical Association. Over 20,000 adults in China with high blood pressure but without a history of stroke or heart attack, were part of the study where the combined use of the hypertension medication enalapril and folic acid, significantly reduced the risk of first stroke. Stroke is a leading cause of death for heart risk disease patients. “We speculate that even in…

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Eat less after 6 pm to be disease free

You always knew this, right? Every time you eat less post 6 pm, your face looks less bloated the next morning, and you feel half a pound lighter. Right? And now, we have research to prove it. In a new study published today in Science, researchers at San Diego State University and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies found that by limiting the time span during which fruit flies could eat, they could prevent ageing- and diet-related heart problems (read: lifestyle diseases). Previous studies have already found that people who eat later…

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Survived a heart attack? Protect with omega 3

Most cardiologists will tell you this: getting a by-pass or a stent is no guarantee of not getting another heart attack. So for those who have damaged their heart muscle after a heart attack, taking omega 3 fatty acids decreases inflammation in the heart and guards against further decline, as per a controlled study by  the American College of Cardiology. Patients in the study taking 4 grams of prescription-only omega-3 fatty acid capsules daily for six months after a heart attack showed significant improvements in heart function. They also had significantly less evidence of…

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Now the humble peanut to your heart’s rescue

It’s not just the expensive nuts. Researchers at Vanderbilt University and the Shanghai Cancer Institute examined the association of peanut and nut consumption with mortality among low-income groups and found that intake of peanuts was associated with fewer deaths, especially from heart disease. The study was published March 2 in JAMA Internal Medicine. While we all know that nuts are rich in nutrients, such as unsaturated fatty acids, fiber, vitamins, phenolic antioxidants, arginine and other phytochemicals, peanuts have often been relegated to being a legume or an “allergic” nut by the Americans. However,…

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