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Fiber and omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have at least modest antihypertensive benefits but research on flax seeds for this purpose have been conflicting. Flax seed constituents include fiber, an omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the peptide KCI-F1, and perhaps its most well-known component, the lignans. The purpose of this research was […]

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There is a robust amount of published research, including major clinical trials, on the ability of the Mediterranean diet (MeDiet) to protect against cardiovascular disease —now, according to results from the PREDIMED trial, it might also prevent breast cancer. One can easily read the specifics of the MeDiet on the internet and some excellent books, […]

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What if I told you there was a natural therapy that boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, improves mood, improves sleep, reduces stress, increases energy, increases focus, and speeds the recovery from surgery…..and, is free!!! I’m guessing you would say… “I definitely want some of that!” Turns out the healing power of nature is […]

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In the current study, patients with proven and stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were randomized to treatment with either N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) 600 mg twice daily or placebo, in addition to the treatments they were already using. Patients had a follow-up every 16 weeks for one year. After enrolling 120 patients with COPD who […]

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There have been only 2 randomized clinical trials addressing whether or not vitamin and mineral supplements are effective for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. One of these, the Physicians’ Health Study II did not find an association between the use of a multivitamin-mineral (MVM) supplement and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in either incidence or mortality after […]

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The most common perimenopause and menopause symptoms are vasomotor symptoms, aka hot flashes and/or night sweats. In addition to numerous perimenopause/menopause symptoms, postmenopausal women in particular, are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia, hypertension and type 2 diabetes. Plant compounds such as French maritime pine bark extract (Pycnogenol) are rich in proanthocyanidins and have […]

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Women who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study, were evaluated for the relationship between sleep duration and hypertension. In women who slept 5 hours or less, the incidence of hypertension was significantly higher than among those women who slept 7 hours. This association of 5 hours or less and hypertension was seen only in women […]

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Chocolate to the rescue once again

In this meta-analysis of randomized clinical trial on cocoa, chocolate or cocoa flavan-3-ols and cardiovascular biomarkers, a total of 42 trials and 1,297 individuals were systematically analyzed. Biomarkers of cardiovascular disease such as systolic and diastolic blood pressure, lipid profiles, fasting glucose, insulin, triglycerides, hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), C-reactive protein (CRP) and flow-mediated dilation (FMD) were […]

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This paper was a retrospective analysis of data from 2710 men and 1143 women which included 626 postmenopausal women and overall, an average age of 30 or older in Seoul, South Korea. None of the study subjects were taking a calcium supplement and a 24 hour dietary recall was used to assess calcium intake. Women […]

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of red ginseng on menopausal symptoms and risk factors for cardiovascular disease in menopausal women. This randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial was carried out in a total of 72 postmenopausal women who were randomly assigned to either red ginseng or placebo for 3 months. The […]

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