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  • Too much or too little vitamin D boosts cardiovascular disease risk
  • Too much or too little vitamin D boosts cardiovascular disease risk
    Too much or too little vitamin D, otherwise known as the sunshine vitamin, increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, a new Norwegian study suggests. Getting the right amount of vitamin D, on the other hand, could substantially reduce your risk of death. Keep reading for the full findings, as published online in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Just enough vitamin D in... ››› more
  • [21 March 2018]
  • Your favourite Chinese takeaways may pose heart risks…
  • Your favourite Chinese takeaways may pose heart risks…
    Chinese dishes like chow mein and sweet and sour pork are favourite takeaway dishes of many, but if your blood pressure is high, you might want to pass them on. A new analysis that looked at over 150 Chinese dishes found that many of them contain such high levels of salt that they may pose heart risks. Some dishes should even contain a warning label, the researchers said. Read on for more. N... ››› more
  • [20 March 2018]
  • Fish oil boosts the heart health of seniors after only 12 weeks!
  • Fish oil boosts the heart health of seniors after only 12 weeks!
    Millions of South Africans take a daily fish oil supplement because they believe the omega-3 fatty acids it contains benefits their heart health. Up until now, scientific studies on this topic have been contradictory, but new research finds that taking fish oil supplements every day can improve the heart health of seniors in just 12 weeks! Read on for the full findings, as published in Phys... ››› more
  • [19 March 2018]
  • Practising these healthy habits can cut a woman's stroke risk in half
  • Practising these healthy habits can cut a woman's stroke risk in half
    A recent study published in the online edition of the journal Neurology has uncovered the five healthy habits that can cut a woman's stroke risk in half. While other studies have looked at single stroke risk factors, only a few have examined the combined effects of a healthy lifestyle on stroke risk, according to study author Susanna Larsson, a researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. ... ››› more
  • [15 March 2018]
  • Does a healthy diet counteract the effects of salt on blood pressure?
  • Does a healthy diet counteract the effects of salt on blood pressure?
    If you're one of those people who puts salt on everything you eat, you're probably wondering if eating a healthy diet counteracts the effects of eating too much salt on your blood pressure. A new study published in the journal Hypertension says no… To arrive at this conclusion, researchers from several institutions, including Imperial College Lonon and Northwestern University, looked at the d... ››› more
  • [14 March 2018]
  • Omega-3 fatty acids slash overall risk of cardiac death
  • Omega-3 fatty acids slash overall risk of cardiac death
    For years, we've known that omega 3 fatty acids, the healthy fats found in fish oil and fatty fish, are heart-healthy, and a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology confirms the validity of that advice. The study, which reviewed 14 randomised, controlled trials, found that DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids reduced the overall risk of cardiac death by a statistically significant ... ››› more
  • [13 March 2018]
  • You can ward off stroke by eating breakfast every day
  • You can ward off stroke by eating breakfast every day
    You know that eating breakfast every day contributes to a more nutritionally complete diet higher in vitamins and minerals, improves concentration and performance in the boardroom and boosts endurance to engage in physical. Well, that's not all - a daily morning meal can also ward off stroke, according to new research from Japan's Osaka University. Keep reading for more on the relationship betw... ››› more
  • [12 March 2018]
  • The flu vaccine is a lifesaver for heart failure patients
  • The flu vaccine is a lifesaver for heart failure patients
    As it turns out, the flu vaccine does a lot more than reduce the risk of the flu - it also reduces the risk of death in heart failure patients. This is according to a new study from the American College of Cardiology. The study found that people with heart failure who got an annual flu vaccine slashed their risk of dying during flu season by 50%. What's more the benefit lingered through the res... ››› more
  • [06 March 2018]
  • Lycopene may help people with metabolic disorders live longer
  • Lycopene may help people with metabolic disorders live longer
    It's well-established that lycopene, the health-boosting antioxidant found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables, helps reduce risk of prostate cancer and protects and repairs the body from damage caused by multiple diseases. According to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Nebraska in the United States, lycopene may also help people with metabolic disorders live... ››› more
  • [05 March 2018]
  • Premature menopause could mean a higher risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Premature menopause could mean a higher risk of cardiovascular disease
    Women who entered menopause before age 47 or started menstruating at the age of 11 or younger have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. This is according to a new study published in the journal Heart. The study also tied miscarriage, stillbirth, undergoing a hysterectomy and bearing children at a young age to elevated odds of cardiovascular disease and other heart health issues l... ››› more
  • [28 February 2018]
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