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Saturated Fat Not Linked to Heart Disease: Study

A meta-analysis of 21 studies on 347,747 healthy adults suggests that dietary saturated fat is not linked to cardiovascular disease or stroke.

Those who consumed the most saturated fat were not more likely to develop heart disease than their peers.

The study’s authors say that further studies are needed to determine if heart disease risks are possibly influenced by nutrients used to replace saturated fat

Source: Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease


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3 Foods Essential for Men’s Health

Want to improve your health? Here are 3 foods you must take daily.

1. Sardine for heart health

Sardine for Healthy Heart

Heart attack, cardiac arrest and any other heart-related disease is #1 killer for men. For good and healthy heart, eat sardine.

Like any other fishes, sardines are one of the best sources for heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. They are extremely low in contaminants such as mercury. Choose no-salt-added brands canned sardine.

Sardines are great on salads or layered on top of whole-grain crackers.

2. Brazil nuts for prostate health

Brazil Nuts for Men's Prostate

Brazil Nuts for Men's Prostate

Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, a mineral that may reduce a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer. One or two mixed with other nuts each day will give you just the right amount.

3. Sesame seeds for sex drive

Sesame Seeds Imrpove Men's Sex Drive

Want to boost your libido? Try sesame seeds. They’re very rich in the amino acid arginine, which is involved in synthesizing nitric oxide, a compound that enhances blood flow through the arteries and other male body parts.

Toasted sesame seeds add a nice nutty taste to salads, cooked grains or cereal.

Source: 6 Great Foods for Men, By Joy Bauer, PARADE Magazine

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Fish for Heart Health

Fish - Good for Brain?

Fish provides EPA and DHA against age-related diseases

Fish is the best dietary source that offers us omega-3 fat, the type of fat identified as protective against heart disease, dementia, inflammation and potentially cancer.

While some plants like flax seed, walnuts provide us omega-3 fatty acids including ALA, none is equal when compare to fish. Fish provide us EPA and DHA, what not found available in those flax seed and walnts.

Most studies show the benefits of EPA and DHA protecting the cardiovascular system from developing heart disease.  Moreover, there appears to be protection from EPA and DHA against many other disorders including age-related macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s and  dementia.

Today research is giving us a clearer picture of how omega-3 fat protects our hearts; promoting normal blood pressure, heart rhythm and blood clotting seem to be its strongest effects.

So what’s in experts’ recommendation?

A mere 8 ounces of fatty/oily fish per week is all that is needed to reach the recommended amount of omega-3s for preventive heart health benefits.

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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,

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Blueberries Ward Off Diabetes, Heart Disease – New Reasearch



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

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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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