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  • Study Found Women with a Diet High in Antioxidants Experience Fewer Strokes

    Study Found Women with a Diet High in Antioxidants Experience Fewer Strokes

    A study published in Stroke:  Journal of the American Heart Association found that Swedish women with a diet high in antioxidants experienced fewer strokes - even those with a history of cardiovascular disease! Oxidative stress can damage blood vessels and cause inflammation.  It occ...

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  • Heart Disease - What your Doctor isn't telling you

    Heart Disease - What your Doctor isn't telling you

    When it comes to cardiovascular heart disease whoever said “prevention is the best medicine” was exactly right.  Lifestyle choices like diet, exercise and whether or not to smoke and drink alcohol can have a direct effect on heart health .  While you may think you have already heard all ...

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  • Eating Fruit can Help Reduce the Risks for Stroke

    Eating Fruit can Help Reduce the Risks for Stroke

    Ranked third in the list of leading causes of death in the United States, stroke affects roughly one million people per year.  Research from a Dutch study published in Stroke, an American Heart Association journal, found that higher consumption of fruits and vegetables with white flesh can l...

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  • Is Lack of Sleep Linked to High Blood Pressure?

    Is Lack of Sleep Linked to High Blood Pressure?

    Stressful jobs or juggling work and family commitments often means that a full night’s sleep is a luxury rarely enjoyed. Caffeine to keep us going through the day can also have an effect on sleep patterns. However, as well as feeling drowsy, gaining weight and having difficulty concentrating, studi...

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  • Biofeedback Provides Natural Solutions For High Blood Pressure

    Biofeedback Provides Natural Solutions For High Blood Pressure

    Wouldn’t it be great if you could ditch your blood pressure medication and control hypertension naturally? Biofeedback is rapidly becoming the treatment of choice for patients who want to minimize their reliance on medication and take charge of their own health. The techniques applied in biofeedb...

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  • Omega-3’s – Counting on Good Health

    Omega-3’s – Counting on Good Health

    For some reason, whenever I hear the word omega, I think of alpha and omega; the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet: alpha (A) and omega (O).  Alpha and omega loosely translated relates to the expression from “A to Z”… front to back, start to finish, the beginning and the end, and ev...

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  • Green Coffee Extract and Blood Pressure

    Green Coffee Extract and Blood Pressure

    In general, coffee has not been seen as being a healthy beverage.  However, this image is not really a fair one in many regards.  While coffee is very high in caffeine, it does serve as a source of antioxidants .  Quite surprisingly, and somewhat alarmingly, coffee is the largest so...

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  • The Benefits of Swimming on Blood Pressure

    The Benefits of Swimming on Blood Pressure

    Is swimming good for blood pressure ?  As it turns out, the answer to this question seems to be a resounding yes!  Why is it that swimming is so good for lowering one's blood pressure?  Swimming has long been viewed as a great way to improve one's overall health, and recent studies ...

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  • Biofeedback and High Blood Pressure

    Biofeedback and High Blood Pressure

    High blood pressure can be highly damaging to the artery walls of your heart, and this can lead to heart disease and premature death.  In short, if you discover that you have high blood pressure, it is essential that you work with a doctor to have your high blood pressure treated properly.&nbs...

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  • Red Yeast Rice for Cholesterol:  The Pros and Cons

    Red Yeast Rice for Cholesterol: The Pros and Cons

    Red yeast rice is produced by fermenting rice with a type of yeast called Monascus purpureaus. Because of its unique, reddish-purple color, it is used as a natural dye for a wide variety of foods, including red rice vinegar, Peking duck, pickled tofu and fish sauce. Red yeast rice is also used to m...

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  • The Health Dangers of Omega-3 Deficiency

    The Health Dangers of Omega-3 Deficiency

    Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids – commonly referred to as omega-3s – have been the subject of years of study and are well known as positive components of a healthy diet. Both forms of omega-3s, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), effectively reduce the level of cyt...

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  • Are OTC Cold Remedies Harmful to Your Heart?

    Are OTC Cold Remedies Harmful to Your Heart?

    Are you one of the millions of Americans who reach into their medicine cabinets at the first sign of a stuffy head, cough or sore throat? If so, you’re not alone. Over-the-counter cold remedies are a $4 billion dollar business in the United States, according to a 2010 congressional report. But i...

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  • Statins and CoQ10: What you need to know

    Statins and CoQ10: What you need to know

    Coenzyme Q10 occurs naturally in the body and helps convert food into energy. It is found in almost every cell in the body, and it is a powerful antioxidant – thus, an effective agent for the prevention of premature aging . As an essential component in cellular energy production, CoQ10 is espec...

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  • Omega Max Gold Benefits

    Omega Max Gold Benefits

    Science has proven again and again that there are substantial and lasting benefits of fish oil .  Supplementing your diet with fish oil and eating more fish, such as wild Alaskan salmon, anchovies and sardines, has been shown in studies to be good for heart health and brain health, but this i...

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  • Is Beer Bad?

    Is Beer Bad?

    There are countless reports on the positive effects of red wine on heart health, but a recent study by the Cardiovascular Research Center in Barcelona, Spain shows that men who have suffered a heart attack may benefit healthwise from regularly enjoying a couple of beers. The study investigated whet...

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  • The Real Cholesterol Risk

    The Real Cholesterol Risk

    There is plenty of contradictory information available about what constitutes a healthy level of cholesterol, and plenty of questions to consider. Are high levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol really “good”? How concerned should you be with “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) choles...

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  • Lower Cholesterol with Beta-Glucan

    Lower Cholesterol with Beta-Glucan

    Would you believe that there may be a relatively easy way for you to lower your cholesterol?  If you have high cholesterol, then it is simply imperative that you lower your cholesterol levels as quickly as possible.  Over time, high cholesterol can actually damage your arteries and your h...

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  • Red Yeast Rice and Cholesterol

    Red Yeast Rice and Cholesterol

    You may not have heard about red yeast rice and its connection to cholesterol reduction, but this topic is receiving a good deal of buzz.  Considering the epic size of the cholesterol problem not just in the United States, but increasingly around the world, any treatments or new developments r...

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  • Help Lower High Blood Pressure?

    Help Lower High Blood Pressure?

    If you suffer from high blood pressure , then you’ve likely made lowering your blood pressure a major priority in life.  High blood pressure is very serious business and must be treated immediately, consistently and with great care.  The reason for this is that high blood pressure can da...

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  • Top Five Ways to Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

    Top Five Ways to Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

    Heart disease has become one of the world’s leading health concerns, and the problem is growing with shocking speed.  As the obesity epidemic has gone global, the same holds true for two other killers in the form of diabetes and heart disease.  These two killers have reached true epidem...

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  • Extreme Cold Can Trigger Heart Attack And Stroke

    Extreme Cold Can Trigger Heart Attack And Stroke

    The extreme cold winter conditions that can put people at greater risk—male and female—not only for hypothermia and frostbite, but also for stroke, heart attack and asthma flare-ups.     In the winter and cold-weather season, heart attacks can increase by over 50 percent...

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  • Eat Blueberries for Healthy Blood Pressure

    Eat Blueberries for Healthy Blood Pressure

    Sweet, juicy blueberries…not only are they delicious, but they may be important in the prevention of certain types of disease, specifically hypertension (otherwise known as high blood pressure ).  Hypertension affects over one third of American adults, but making a simple addition of dark-col...

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  • What Causes Vitamin D Deficiency

    What Causes Vitamin D Deficiency

    6 Common Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency Location The best source of vitamin D is having daily exposure to sunlight. This is easy if you live in a warm sunny climate and spend 15-30 minutes a day outdoors with bare arms and legs. However, those who live in colder climates with long dark wi...

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  • The Connection Between Anger And Heart Disease

    The Connection Between Anger And Heart Disease

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that heart disease is the number one killer; and information is abundant to guide us toward a heart-healthy lifestyle.  You can help prevent heart-related illnesses such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease,...

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  • Walk Your Way to Stroke Prevention

    Walk Your Way to Stroke Prevention

    A stroke is one of the more serious medical conditions that one can face.  The effects of a stroke can and do vary dramatically.  But, with that stated, the odds of a stroke leading to serious physical and even mental impairment are high enough that any step that you can take to prevent t...

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  • Are Statins Worth The Price?

    Are Statins Worth The Price?

    According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies, heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the US today. Heart disease is caused by a process called atherosclerosis...

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  • Think Inflammation, NOT Cholesterol

    Think Inflammation, NOT Cholesterol

    Staying healthy may at times seem like a complicated process.  To be certain, there are many different components in the process.  Yet, it is important to note that some aspects of maintaining overall good health stand out more than others.  One critical aspect of health that has not...

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  • Omega 3 Fats Can Boost Heart Health In Smokers

    Omega 3 Fats Can Boost Heart Health In Smokers

    Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are essential dietary fats which the body cannot make on its own. Made mainly by cold water algae, they also occur in cold water oily fish such as sardines, wild salmon, herring, mackerel and tuna that feed on these plants. Eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosa...

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  • Heart Health: How Sleep can Help

    Heart Health: How Sleep can Help

    How much sleep do you get per night? In a national study by the American College of Cardiology in Chicago, it showed that those who had less than six hours sleep per night were at increased risk of having c ongestive heart failure or suffering a stroke. Other studies have shown that conversely, th...

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  • Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

    Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

    High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is any corn syrup that has undergone enzymatic processing to convert some of its glucose into fructose to produce a desired level of sweetness. HFCS is easier to blend with other foods, has a longer shelf life and is cheaper to produce. Because of all these great reas...

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  • Drug for Diabetes Lowers Vitamin B12 Levels

    Drug for Diabetes Lowers Vitamin B12 Levels

    Vitamin B12 is an important nutrient needed for healthy nerves and red blood cells.  Primarily found in meat and dairy products, vitamin B12 has a number of very specific health benefits: •    It helps regulate the nervous system – reducing stress, depression and shrinkage o...

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  • Statins Hurt Muscle Mass

    Statins Hurt Muscle Mass

    Statins are a range of cholesterol reducing drugs taken by an estimated 25% of all Americans over the age of 45. Statins are commonly used to reduce cholesterol and prevent a build-up of plaque in the arteries – a pre-cursor to heart disease and stroke. However, statins may have detrimental side eff...

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  • Dark Chocolate: Take It To Heart

    Dark Chocolate: Take It To Heart

    Believe it or not, one of the best prescriptions for a healthy heart can be found at the candy counter. Researchers have confirmed that consuming a small amount of dark chocolate every day provides key cardiovascular benefits that can reduce “bad” cholesterol and prevent hypertension. An artic...

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  • Heart Healthy Diet To Prevent Heart Disease

    Heart Healthy Diet To Prevent Heart Disease

    Widespread consumption of highly processed, carbohydrate-loaded, nutrient-poor foods has led to an epidemic of overweight and obesity in America - one of the main factors underlying the high incidence of insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Increasing fiber intake, eating whole ...

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  • Can Frequent Sex Heal the Heart?

    Can Frequent Sex Heal the Heart?

    In addition to eliciting pleasant sensations within the body, regular sex may offer a number of other benefits to the health.  It has been found that sex can boost immunity, burn calories, act as a pain killer, and improve sleep. What might be even more surprising to some is that regular sex ...

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  • Does Inflammation Cause Heart Disease?

    Does Inflammation Cause Heart Disease?

    According to the book, “The Great Cholesterol Myth,” all information that the medical community has given about cholesterol is wrong.  Co-authors, Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a cardiologist, and Jonny Bowden, a doctor of nutrition, suggest that there are two mistakes that have been made wh...

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  • Hyperinsulinemia: A Risk Factor for Prostate Cancer and Heart Attacks

    Hyperinsulinemia: A Risk Factor for Prostate Cancer and Heart Attacks

    Insulin is a peptide hormone made by beta cells of the pancreas. It controls carbohydrate and fat metabolism, causing cells in the liver, skeletal muscles and fat tissue to absorb glucose from the blood. In the liver and skeletal muscles, glucose is stored as glycogen, and in fat cells (adipocytes)...

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  • Benefits of Gratitude

    Benefits of Gratitude

    What we think and how we approach life can have a profound impact on how we feel.  In the last couple of years, scientists and researches have discovered that meditation, for example, produces tangible benefits in health.  Meditation has actually been shown to have neuro-protective benefi...

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  • The Role Of Inflammation In Heart Disease

    The Role Of Inflammation In Heart Disease

    Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the US today. Heart disease is caused by a process called atherosclerosis in which fatty deposits called plaques gradually build up in coronary arteries, causing blockages that restrict blood flow to the heart. One out of every 2 Americans over the a...

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  • Sipping Hibiscus Tea Can Help Lower Blood Pressure

    Sipping Hibiscus Tea Can Help Lower Blood Pressure

    Ah, tea… for us tea-lovers, it’s like a hug in a cup.  But tea brings with it many more benefits than just ‘simply’ pleasure.  Different types of tea offer different sorts of therapeutic benefits and medicinal properties.  According to research, the lovely Hibiscus sabdariffa plant ...

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  • What is Your Risk of Developing Heart Disease in Later Life?

    What is Your Risk of Developing Heart Disease in Later Life?

    A British report on Age and Aging recently looked at four lifestyle factors that affected the overall risk of senior women suffering disablement or disease in the following seven years. The study focused on women in their 60s and 70s and looked at their current lifestyle in terms of smoking, alco...

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  • Three Biomarkers to Reduce Stroke Risk

    Three Biomarkers to Reduce Stroke Risk

    Did you know that simple changes in your lifestyle can reduce the risk of stroke by 60%? This fact was released in a recent study published in Stroke magazine. Every year, around 795,000 US residents suffer from a stroke. It is the fourth leading cause of death, but those who survive are often le...

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  • Reduced Inflammation (NOT Cholesterol) is the Key to Heart Health

    Reduced Inflammation (NOT Cholesterol) is the Key to Heart Health

    According to the American Heart Association, 75 million Americans currently have heart disease, and the numbers are growing.  While many in the American medical community continue to insist that heart disease is caused by high cholesterol, a new paradigm is being offered for consideration. ...

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  • Omega 3 Fats And Heart Disease Risk

    Omega 3 Fats And Heart Disease Risk

    Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), also known simply as omega-3 fats are essential dietary fats which the body cannot make on its own, so they have to be consumed regularly via the diet. Omega-3 fats play a crucial role in brain function as well as in normal growth and development dur...

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  • Three Unusual Heartburn Triggers

    Three Unusual Heartburn Triggers

    Heartburn, especially serious heartburn, will disrupt the lives of those that suffer from the condition.  Eliminating heartburn can be complicated as it can stem from genetic factors to food allergies and food choices.  Adding yet another level of complexity to the heartburn equation is ...

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  • Dangers of Statins as You Age

    Dangers of Statins as You Age

    There's no doubt that lowering your cholesterol can be a health benefit, but taking statins to do so may do more harm than good for older patients, according to recent studies. Most doctors agree that prescribing statins should be on an individual case-by-case basis, weighing the risk of heart di...

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  • Who is Most at Risk for High Blood Pressure?

    Who is Most at Risk for High Blood Pressure?

    High blood pressure is a dangerous and undesirable health condition that almost one in three adults suffer from. Optimal blood pressure readings are generally considered to be anything less than 120/80. Pre-hypertension is between 120/80 and 139/89 and hypertension is 140/90 and above. Although ...

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  • Lower High Blood Pressure Naturally

    Lower High Blood Pressure Naturally

    High blood pressure is an early warning system that all is not as it should be health-wise and should be taken seriously. It forces the heart and blood vessels to work harder, putting undue stress on the walls of blood vessels. There are natural alternatives known to lower blood pressure naturally...

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  • Heart Health: Is Winter the Heart's Worst Enemy?

    Heart Health: Is Winter the Heart's Worst Enemy?

    According to medical statistics, winter is your heart’s worst enemy. The National Registry of Myocardial Infarction reports that Americans experience 54 percent more heart attacks in winter than in summer, with January as the leading month for heart attacks. Winter heart attacks also tend to be mor...

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  • Lower Cholesterol Naturally and Safely

    Lower Cholesterol Naturally and Safely

    We can all agree that lower cholesterol equals lower health risks, but there are several ways to achieve that optimal number. The ideal total cholesterol level after a fasting lipoprotein test should be less than 200 mg/dL. If your level is 200-239 mg/dL you are considered borderline high and anythi...

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  • Natural Heart Solutions Are Your Best Defense Against Cardiovascular Disease

    Natural Heart Solutions Are Your Best Defense Against Cardiovascular Disease

    Heart disease continues to be the number one killer of men and women in this country and claims more than 400,000 lives each year.   It is also one of the most preventable diseases and half of the deaths could be averted by simple lifestyle changes that support natural heart health. Ac...

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  • The Importance of Natural Heart Health

    The Importance of Natural Heart Health

    You may already know that heart disease is the #1 killer in the USA today, but did you know that it is responsible for more deaths than the next five causes of death combined? The American Heart Association reports that an estimated 64 million Americans are suffering from cardiovascular disease, whi...

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  • 5 Best Heart Healthy Diet Tips

    5 Best Heart Healthy Diet Tips

    A magazine article, a checkup from the doctor or a friend having a heart attack – all these things may prompt you to change your eating habits. Here are some simple rules for ensuring a heart healthy diet which will lessen the risk of heart disease. Once you know which foods support a healthy heart...

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  • Optimal Heart Health – Are Americans Meeting the AHA Target?

    Optimal Heart Health – Are Americans Meeting the AHA Target?

    After all the information and attention focused on heart health, new figures on optimal heart health in America are shocking. A study published in March 2011 in the American Heart Association (AHA) journal, Circulation , found that in a study of 1933 participants, only one person met the criteria...

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  • Boosting Your Heart Health Naturally

    Boosting Your Heart Health Naturally

    Taking care of your heart is one of the most important health related decisions that you can make.  After all, if your “ticker” goes out on you, it can easily mean the end of the road.  The heart and the brain are two vitally important organs.   Therefore, you should guard, bolst...

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  • Chocolate for Heart Health?  A Dream Come True...

    Chocolate for Heart Health? A Dream Come True...

    I had a dream recently that I reached into my medicine cabinet, and there on the shelf was a little orange plastic pill bottle filled with chocolate.  The label said “Take three times daily, between meals.” Could this be a dream come true, or could it be possible that eating more chocolate is a...

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