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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Delay Cell Aging

Scientists discovered omega-3 fatty acids appear to help reduce the rate that cells age, which further explain one of the ways these acids help the heart.

Researchers found that the slower the structures at the end of their cells’ chromosomes shrank coronary heart disease patients consumed omega-3 fatty acids more often.

Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids include mackerel, salmon, herring, and albacore tuna.

Further reading: Shedding Light on Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help the Heart

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Flaxseeds Reduce Heart Disease

Flaxseeds comes in yellow and brown

Flaxseeds comes in yellow and brown

Let’s talk about flaxseed.

Flaxseed is rich in fiber, phytochemical lignans, and most of all, it’s a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, next to fishes.

(If you don’t like to fish, flaxseed is a wonderful substititue for your omega-3 intake.)

How does flaxseed benefit us?

1. Just like any other foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, the omega-3 fatty acids are known to decrease heart disease risk by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.

2. The fiber content in your meal that has flaxseed makes you feel full longer, decreasing your likelihood to overeat.

3. Phytochemical lignans of flaxseed give you heart protection from cancer.

Whether you eat fish or not, if you like to add flaxseed to your diet, aim for adding 1 teaspoon of flax oil to your diet each day or 1 tablespoon of milled flax.

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Laughter Best Medicine: Study

This post may not have anything to do with eating healthy food, but new study found that laughter may help lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Among 20 high-risk diabetics with high cholesterol and high blood pressure, those who laughed for thirty minutes per day, had higher levels of “good” cholesterol than those who hadn’t laughed.

Source: Study: Laughter is the Best Medicine, UPI.com

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Blueberries Ward Off Diabetes, Heart Disease – New Reasearch

Blueberries

Blueberries

In a recent study supported by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, researchers found that a heart-healthy diet that includes blueberries may help ward off belly fat, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar.

Experts point out that the antioxidants found in blueberries are also found in other berries and dark-colored fruit, such as red grapes and cherries.

Source: Blueberries are good for the heart, study hints, Reuters, UK

Related articles with blueberries as healthy food:

1. Best Food for Flat Belly

2. Berry Good as Anti-Aging Food

3. Top Five Foods for Healthy Skin

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Protein Good for Heart

Protein offers more versatile protection from the heart attackers when compare to other food groups.

Here what to consider:

1. Eat more fish
Fish like salmon and tuna are rich in omegas-3. Omega-3 fatty acids that keep heart rhythm steady and discourage blood clotting.

2. Poultry
Poultry like chicken and turkey are low in artery-clogging saturated fat. They are much healthier than their red meat counterpart (beef and pork).

3. Beans
 Beans are not only rich in high-quality proteins but are also one of nature’s richest sources of soluble fiber, which whisks cholesterol out of your body and helps hold blood sugar levels steady.

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6 Ways to Lower Cholesterol By Eating Right

High cholesterol has been linked to cardiovascular disease. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol or not, there are several ways to lower your cholesterol.

1. Consume less animal products
Animal and diary products such as meat, butter, full-fat milk and cheese are saturated fat. Saturated fat increase the level of LDL (bad cholesterol), and that will make your situation even worse. Eat less on those foods or cut down all together.

2. Eat monounsaturated fat
Monounsaturated fat is a type of fat that can help lower LDL and triglycerides (another type of blood fat) while raising HDL. Peanut butter, avocados, olive and canola oils, and most nuts are good sources of Monounsaturated fat.

3. Consume more fish
Fish like mackerel, albacore tuna, and salmon are rich in omega-3s. The omega-3s appear to lower levels of VLDL (very low density lipoprotein) and triglycerides.

4. Increase vegetables and fruits intake
Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans are rich in fibre. One type of fibre you want to take note is soluble fibre.

Research has shown that consuming soluble fiber a day can lower LDL cholesterol by 5 to 10 percent. It works by binding with cholesterol-containing bile acids in the intestines and escorting them out of the body.

5. Eat foods contain folate.
Foods like orange juice, kidney beans, broccoli, and spinach contain folate.  Folate is naturally occurring form of folic acid that works by decreasing blood levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that’s an emerging risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

6. Consider multivitamin supplement
Last but no least, is to consider taking multivitamin supplement. A multivitamin/mineral supplement can help cover your nutritional bases and possibly lower your risk for heart disease and stroke.

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Kawasaki Disease – FAQs

“Actress Kelly Preston has said her 16-year old son with husband John Travolta became very sick when he was 2 and was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease, an illness that affects the blood vessels in young children.”

Fox News –  

What is Kawasaki Disease?
Kawasaki Disease is an uncommon disease that affect children aged 5-year and below. Sometimes it does affect older children too. Kawasaki Disease causes inflammation to the blood vessels that supply heart with blood.

What are the symptoms?

  • White part of the eye is red
  • redder lips, mouth and tongue
  • red hands & feets
  • rash
  • swollen gland in the neck

What causes Kawasaki Disease?
Currently there is no known cause and why some children may get the disease.

What happens inside the child’s body?
Kawasaki Disease causes swelling to the coronary arteries, the vital blood vessels that supply blood to the heart. That’s how the heart works.

How Kawasaki Disease affects the heart?
While the heart supply blood and oxygen to the whole body, it itself needs bloody and oxygen to function well. If left untreated, Kawasai Disease may cause damage to the heart as the child grows up into adulthood.

Any treatment to Kawasaki Disease?
There is no single medicine that can cure the disease. However, a few medicines are used to reduce the effect, such as aspirin and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG).

How do we spot affected arteries?
An echocardiogram is run on the child with Kawasaki Disease. The ultrasound of the heart allows us to see if there’s any wrong with the coronary arteries.

With whom do we consult?
Usually you can consult with a pediatrician, an emergency doctor or your family doctor.

What happen after treatment?
Children with Kawasaki Disease will continue to be monitored for another 6 months to one year. Echocardiogram is tested on the children. Aspirin is to be taken if neccessary.

Will my child develop heart disease in the future?
At the present we are not certain, but we do recommend that children with Kawasaki Disease to live a healthy lifestyle, taking a well-balanced diet, active in sports. Don’t pick up smoking or excessive drinking habits.

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