While oranges have been given a bad rap in the press lately because of their sugar content, new research is showing that the fresh fruit – not the store bought juice – may deliver a wealth of benefits. A Range of Benefits Loaded with over 60 flavonoids, pectin, and vitamin C, oranges are emerging as
Eating a diet of hunted animals and gathered veggies as the cavemen did may not be as heart healthy as is being touted by the Paleo Diet gurus. New research has found that people who got heart disease had higher levels of a seemingly healthy nutrient in the body called carnitine. Carnitine itself may have
In February 2013, The New England Journal of Medicine reported on a study that compared three versions of the already heart-healthy Mediterranean diet. All three of the diets followed basic “Med Rules,” which include a diet rich in beans, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, unsaturated fats (mostly from oils), and alcohol in moderation with meals.
Recent data from the National Institutes of Health suggests that 35% of Americans over 20 years old have pre-diabetic blood sugar levels, and that 50% of folks over 65 have pre-diabetes. (1) Blood sugar issues are considered to be the number one cause of the number one killer in America – heart disease. Research has
In India, this herb has commanded well-deserved respect from the research community. The bark from the Arjuna tree has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda to support numerous health concerns including, prominently, cardiovascular health. Today, research is backing up these ancient claims and cardiologists are beginning to incorporate Arjuna into their cardio-care protocols.
While Americans are drinking big glasses of iced beverages with meals, Asian cultures – which have significantly less cardiovascular disease than Americans – drink green tea. Green tea has been a standard mealtime beverage for thousands of years and has gained much attention in the research community for its health benefits, particularly for the heart.
A 2010 study in the Journal of Nutrition measured the effects of blueberries on a variety of cardiovascular risk factors. Four men and 44 women were split into two groups. One group drank 50 grams of a frozen blueberry drink and the other group drank an equivalent amount of water for eight weeks. At the
In a recent study at the Mayo Clinic, researchers found that gaining as little as 9 pounds of extra body weight may increase the risk of arterial damage. This was true even for young and otherwise healthy individuals. Forty three volunteers were followed. They were split into two groups. One group was ask to gain
I report on the benefits of chocolate with some reservation. While there is little dispute that the cacao in chocolate has extraordinary benefits, the sugar content may undermine these benefits! That said, in one study involving almost 45,000 people, those who ingested one serving of chocolate a week were 22% less likely to have a
In a study presented at the First International Congress on Abdominal Obesity (1), men who drank more than two cups of tea each day had less abdominal fat than men who either drank coffee, or no tea nor coffee. In the 2003-2004 US National Health and Nutrition Survey, almost 4,000 tea or coffee drinkers were