Monthly Archives: September 2012

Lutein and zeaxanthin – new links to cardiovascular health!

Lutein is a yellow-to-orange pigment or phytochemical found mostly in plants and works as an antioxidant in your body to reduce the damage done by free radicals. Lutein is a carotenoid and is related to vitamin A. Other carotenoids include … Continue reading

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Don’t overlook minerals on “Your Heart Health plan!”

Though the research on whole foods – including whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and fish – may and their relevance to cardiovascular health currently overshadow studies on minerals, new research on minerals is happening. Here are some examples: Magnesium: Is it an … Continue reading

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High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

Originally posted on bpcorner:
Although many pregnant women with high blood pressure have healthy babies without serious problems, high blood pressure can be dangerous for both the mother and the baby. Women with pre-existing, or chronic, high blood pressure are…

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Calcium: a possible key regarding hypertension and pre-eclampsia risk during pregnancy

A large scale review of studies of calcium intake and risk of hypertension and pre-eclampsia during pregnancy suggests this is an important discussion for women to have with their obstetrician. The review, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews … Continue reading

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Four studies show the whole grain connection to heart health

A 1998 study of 34,000 women showed that those who ate at least one serving of whole grains per day had between a 30% and a 36% lower risk of heart disease. (“Whole-Grain Intake May Reduce the Risk of Ischemic … Continue reading

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Whole grain evidence continues to pile up?

Data continues to pour in from studies investigating the amazing health-protecting power of whole grains. The more we look, the more we find that whole grains do things in our diets that other foods don’t, and processed grains like white … Continue reading

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Omega-3 and Heart Health – The link is now stronger

  The importance of omega-3 fatty acids to human health first appeared as benefits to the heart. They were initially identified as heart-health protectors that helped keep cholesterol balanced, triglycerides low and blood flow easier through veins and arteries. Decades … Continue reading

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