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  • Omega-6 fatty acids might be good for your heart after all…
  • Omega-6 fatty acids might be good for your heart after all…
    All along, you've been told to consume omega-6 fatty acids - a type of unsaturated fat found in nuts, seeds and vegetable oils - in moderation. Now, the American Heart Association (ADA) is advising that you make sure you get an adequate intake of these fatty acids. The AHA is concerned that there's a public perception that omega-6 fatty acids aren't as healthy as omega-3 fatty acids, which are ... ››› more
  • [19 October 2017]
  • Stave off cardiovascular disease by upping your potassium intake
  • Stave off cardiovascular disease by upping your potassium intake
    Consuming the right high-potassium foods is key to preventing cardiovascular disease. “Having the right amount of potassium is critical for the heart to beat properly,” explains John Day, a cardiologist who specialises in heart rhythm disorders at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in the United States. “If your potassium levels are too high or too low, the heart is at increase... ››› more
  • [17 October 2017]
  • How to ward off cardiovascular disease by changing up your diet
  • How to ward off cardiovascular disease by changing up your diet
    A healthy, balanced diet is key to good health, but the stakes are especially high for people with cardiovascular disease. What you eat can either help protect your ticker or provide fuel for a heart attack. While there's no such thing as a perfect diet, little improvements sure do count. The diet plan you choose should depend on your cardiovascular disease risk factors. Read on too learn how y... ››› more
  • [12 October 2017]
  • Warning: Skipping breakfast can lead to cardiovascular disease!
  • Warning: Skipping breakfast can lead to cardiovascular disease!
    You know that skipping breakfast can leave you feeling flat and low on energy throughout the morning. Who would've guessed that it can lead to cardiovascular disease as well? That's right - new research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has uncovered an association between skipping breakfast and an increased risk of atherosclerosis - hardening and narrowing of the a... ››› more
  • [04 October 2017]
  • Drinking rooibos tea fights cardiovascular disease, research reveals
  • Drinking rooibos tea fights cardiovascular disease, research reveals
    In South Africa, cardiovascular is the number one killer after HIV/AIDS. What's more, deaths related to blood vessel and heart diseases are expected to increase by 41% over the next 13 years! It's already well known that a diet low in salt and sugar paired with regular exercise can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. Now, research is revealing that rooibos tea can help your heart, too. K... ››› more
  • [19 September 2017]
  • Olive oil lowers your risk of coronary artery disease, research reveals
  • Olive oil lowers your risk of coronary artery disease, research reveals
    Adding olive oil to your diet - virgin or not - can improve your biomarkers for coronary artery disease. This is according to new research by the University of Glasgow. The research team developed a new way of measuring subtle changes in heart health over just a few weeks by practising proteomics, a method that involves studying protein patterns in urine. Read on for the full story. New rese... ››› more
  • [15 September 2017]
  • Did you know fish oil is a natural blood thinner?
  • Did you know fish oil is a natural blood thinner?
    The growing use of fish oil supplements is a reflection of the ongoing battle to fight heart disease. As you probably already know, the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil reduce inflammation and cut your risk of numerous degenerative diseases. But did you know that omega-3 fatty acids also have a natural blood-thinning effect? That's right - these healthy fats influence your ability to forms clots... ››› more
  • [13 September 2017]
  • Heavy chocolate consumption can reduce your risk of heart problems by one-third
  • Heavy chocolate consumption can reduce your risk of heart problems by one-third
    Good news, chocoholics: A study published online in the British Medical Journal has revealed that high levels of chocolate consumption might be linked to a one-third reduction in the risk of developing heart problems. The findings support the results of past studies that generally agree that eating chocolate is good for your heart health. However, the authors behind the study stress that furthe... ››› more
  • [08 September 2017]
  • These foods can cause coronary artery disease, according to science
  • These foods can cause coronary artery disease, according to science
    Coronary artery disease is a major problem in the western world. Although it's one of the major killers, it's usually a condition that you can prevent. The trick is to eat a healthy diet and avoid foods that can increase your risk of developing coronary artery disease at some point in your life. There are tons of theories over certain foods that cause the condition, but some studies show no eff... ››› more
  • [31 August 2017]
  • Eating berries can help women reduce their risk of heart problems
  • Eating berries can help women reduce their risk of heart problems
    Berries are bright, sweet superfruits that pack a ton of health benefits thanks to their dos of antioxidants and polyphenols, which help fight cancer and chronic disease. And the sweet benefits don't stop there… A new study published in the journal Circulation reveals that women who eat berries on the regular have a lower risk of heart problems such as heart attack. Ladies, if you were lo... ››› more
  • [18 August 2017]
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