Category: Blood Vessels & Heart Health

Prevent a Deadly Clot!

One in four people worldwide die from conditions caused by  thrombosis (blood clot).  Thrombosis is a leading global cause of death and disability.   Between 60,000 to 100,000 people with DVT will die because a clot inside a deep vein in the leg, pelvis, or arm dislodges and enters one of the lungs (pulmonary embolism or PE).  Most clots are preventable.

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Four Ways Nuts Improve Heart Health

Nuts are loaded with a variety of nutrients that protect the heart and blood vessels: fiber, vegetable protein, vitamin E compounds, and anti-inflammatory agents. Nuts contain compounds that favorably influence glucose use in the body, weight control, and blood vessel health.

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Is Sugar Consumption a Culprit for Heart Disease?

All plant-based and vegetarian diets are heart-friendly, right? Vegetarian diets combined with exercise and stress management help to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. A higher intake of a more healthful plant-based diet — one rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, etc. – has been linked to a substantially lower risk of heart disease.

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The Anti-inflammatory Diet for a New You

Do you have it? You do if you have allergies, asthma, arthritis, gum disease, peptic ulcers, atherosclerosis, diabetes, cancer, obesity, or an auto-immune condition. Have what? Inflammation. Inflammation initially starts as a protective mechanism that prevents the spread of disease, persistent inflammation fuels practically all chronic diseases and acute ones, too.

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Plant Foods Improve Your Heart’s Health

Higher consumption of fruit and vegetables was significantly associated with a lower risk of death from all causes, particularly from cardiovascular diseases. The average risk of death from all causes was reduced by 5% for each additional daily serving of fruit and vegetables. The risk of cardiovascular death was reduced by 4 percent for each additional daily serving of fruit and vegetables. Researchers in this particular study of more than 83,000 participants identified a threshold around five servings per day, after which the risk of death did not reduce(( BMJ-British Medical Journal.

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Berry Power for Cardiovascular Health

Consumption of berries provides several compounds that promote cardiovascular health. Berries, for example, contain anthocyanins which discourage the formation of undesirable clotting. Pterostilbene, an active compound in blueberries, improves the production of nitric oxide. In moderate amounts this marvelous molecule opens up the arteries, discourages platelet clumping, and protects from atherosclerosis.

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