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The Fruit That Drops Your Blood Pressure

The Fruit That Drops Your Blood Pressure

Apr 08, 2014 by

One out of every three Americans has high blood pressure that could be deadly when it leads to a heart attack or stroke. But there’s a fruit that can help in the effort to bring that pressure down. An examination of people who are overweight and suffer high blood pressure shows that nutrients in watermelon can reduce hypertension. The scientists found this benefit both when the people in the study were at rest or under stress. The results of the tests demonstrated that eating watermelon lowers blood pressure in the aorta and other parts of the circulatory system. “(We showed that) the pressure on the aorta and on the heart decreased after consuming watermelon extract," says...
Bread Could Give You A Heart Attack

Bread Could Give You A Heart Attack

Apr 07, 2014 by

For millions of susceptible people, bread can be a deadly food, doubling their chances of a heart attack. Are you among this unlucky group? According to research at the Cleveland Clinic if you suffer from celiac, an autoimmune sensitivity to the gluten in wheat, rye and barley, eating bread puts you at serious risk for heart disease. It is estimated that about 1 percent of Americans have celiac and most don’t know they have it. That adds up to almost 3 million people who are risking cardiovascular disease by eating bread. "People with celiac disease have some persistent low-grade inflammation in the gut that can spill immune mediators into the bloodstream, which can then...
The Most Important Foods For Living Longer

The Most Important Foods For Living Longer

Apr 03, 2014 by

When researchers took a look at the diets of more than 65,000 people in England over a period of more than 10 years, they found that one group of people reduced their risk of dying by 42 percent at any point in time. Eat what these people eat and you might live longer, too. The study showed that eating seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily (with an emphasis on the vegetables) significantly reduced the risk of death during the study. Eating that many fruits and vegetables reduced the risk of death by cancer by 25 percent and death by heart disease by 31 percent. "We all know that eating fruit and vegetables is healthy, but the size of the effect is staggering," says...
Muscle Your Way Out Of Diabetes And Heart Disease

Muscle Your Way Out Of Diabetes And Heart Disease

Apr 02, 2014 by

When it comes to using exercise to improve your health, a little bit of activity, even a gentle walk, is better than none. But when it comes to shrinking your diabetes and heart disease risk, scientists have pinpointed a few activities that can be the most effective defenders of your blood sugar and cardio wellness. Research at the University of Michigan Medical School and Baylor University shows that having stronger muscles and lifting weights can give you a stronger chance of not getting diabetes. It is especially helpful for younger people. The analysis was performed on more than 1,400 adolescents. "It's a widely-held belief that BMI (body mass index), sedentary behaviors and...
The Food That Gives You Better Blood

The Food That Gives You Better Blood

Apr 01, 2014 by

Studies show that the type of blood cells floating around in your bloodstream determines your risk of heart problems. And now research in Italy demonstrates what foods you should eat to improve your cells. If you want to protect your heart, you need to have lower levels of circulating cells called platelets as well as fewer white blood cells. Otherwise, these inflammatory troublemakers can increase your risk of a stroke or heart attack. One way to cut this inflammation: Eat a Mediterranean diet. "We undertook this study to understand the correlation between consuming a Mediterranean diet and specific health markers, including platelet levels and white blood cell counts, which can more...
The Vitamin That Defends Your Heart

The Vitamin That Defends Your Heart

Mar 31, 2014 by

If you want to protect your body from heart disease, the leading killer of Americans, a swelling body of research points to the one vitamin that you have to have. Run short of this vitamin and your heart may run into trouble. Research on heart health makes one thing perfectly clear: Vitamin D lowers your risk of heart problems. In the largest study of the relationship of vitamin D to heart disease, researchers found that being short of vitamin D can increase your risk of having arterial blockages by more than 30 percent. Additionally, in this study, the people with the least amount of vitamin D circulating in their bodies had about a 20 percent greater chance of having severe...
Reduce Your Risk Of A Deadly Blood Clot

Reduce Your Risk Of A Deadly Blood Clot

Mar 28, 2014 by

A blood clot in the lungs or legs kills an American every five minutes. But research on 30,000 people demonstrates natural ways you can keep this problem from ending your life. The 4.6-year study found seven ways to greatly reduce your chance of a fatal blood clot: Exercise regularly, even if it is only a daily walk. Don’t smoke. Not even one cigarette a day. Keep your weight down. Don’t let your blood sugar levels get out of control. Eat less processed food, more fruits and vegetables. Control your blood pressure. Maintain a good cholesterol balance. (Exercising along with eating fruits and should help.) The study found that rigorously following all seven of...
The Dangers Of Taking Viagra When You Don’t Need It

The Dangers Of Taking Viagra When You Don’t Need It

Mar 27, 2014 by

Many men may be tempted to enhance their sexual performance with drugs for erectile dysfunction (ED) when they don’t really need them. But abusing these drugs can really damage your health and is not recommended. Drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra are all part of a drug family called phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitors. They are meant to help men with ED, but are not meant for recreational use -- even though these drugs are commonly misused by men who do not have ED. The drugs help men get an erection, but they are not meant for men who simply want a longer or larger erection. The dangers of misusing ED drugs include: Drug dependence. Developing ED when not using the...
The Meal Trick That Extends Your Life

The Meal Trick That Extends Your Life

Mar 27, 2014 by

In the search for the type of diet that helps people live longer, researchers have discovered the menu that can possibly shrink your risk of heart disease and cancer while improving your chances of living to a sprightly old age. And you can start on this longevity diet plan today. The trick is to simply eat a lot less food. Always leave the dining room table hungry. "This (longevity) effect has been demonstrated in laboratories around the world, in species ranging from yeast to flies to mice. There is also some evidence that it occurs in primates," says researcher Margo Adler, an evolutionary biologist at the University of New South Wales, Australia. According to Adler’s...
Avoid These Foods That Age Your Cells

Avoid These Foods That Age Your Cells

Mar 26, 2014 by

If you want to stay younger and healthier, researchers at the Medical College of Georgia have found common foods you should avoid to protect the genetic material in your cells. Otherwise, they will age faster and possibly be more vulnerable to cancer. The key is not to eat too many high-salt, processed foods. These foods can damage your chromosomes, especially if you are overweight. “Lowering sodium intake, especially if you are overweight or obese, may slow down the cellular aging process that plays an important role in the development of heart disease,” warns Haidong Zhu, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of pediatrics at Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Regents University...

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