Posts Tagged Heart

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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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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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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Pomegranate Juice May Helps Lowering Cholesterol

Pomegranate

Pomegranate

An Iranian study suggests that drinking concentrated pomegranate juice may help to reduce cholesterol levels.

Pomegranate juice contains high levels of antioxidants, particularly polyphenols, and this is why it is thought to be so beneficial.

Please note that, however, more research is needed to ascertain that the benefit is for real.

Source: Cholesterol-lowering effect of concentrated pomegranate juice consumption in type II diabetic patients with hyperlipidemia.

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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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