Understanding how niacin treats high cholesterol levels

Niacin is a B vitamin commonly used by your body to turn food into energy. It is also known as vitamin B3 and helps keep your nervous system, digestive system and skin healthy. As a supplement, niacin may help ease arthritis, boost brain function and reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, among many other benefits. Studies also show that niacin can improve … Continue reading Understanding how niacin treats high cholesterol levels

Bring down high cholesterol levels naturally

The natural way is the best way to do things. When it comes to improving cholesterol levels, a combination of eating the right foods and regular physical exercise will achieve much faster and better results than taking expensive pharmaceutical drugs or undergoing time-consuming therapies. Managing your cholesterol levels on a day-to-day basis is a tough chore. You might get … Continue reading Bring down high cholesterol levels naturally

Very high levels of HDL (good cholesterol) can increase your risk of heart attack and death, concludes study

For a long time, people have been told that foods rich in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) are healthy. It turns out, getting too much HDL can be a bad thing, even if it’s called the “good cholesterol,” according to a study presented at the  European Society of Cardiology Congress. The research, led by a team from the Emory University … Continue reading Very high levels of HDL (good cholesterol) can increase your risk of heart attack and death, concludes study

A high-fiber diet may help reduce inflammation linked to COVID-19, study suggests

Up to 50 percent of patients with COVID-19 report experiencing gastrointestinal problems, such as abdominal pain and diarrhea. Research also shows that patients tend to have lower levels of gut bacteria that make short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) by fermenting fiber from foods. SCFAs play a key role in maintaining the integrity of the intestinal barrier. They … Continue reading A high-fiber diet may help reduce inflammation linked to COVID-19, study suggests

Lowering homocysteine levels can decrease risk of heart attack, stroke and Alzheimer’s

Homocysteine is an amino acid produced when proteins are broken down. High homocysteine levels, called hyperhomocysteinemia, are known to increase disease risk. As a case in point, the condition is linked to heart attack, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. High homocysteine levels and cardiovascular disease Previous research has found that homocysteine can damage the endothelium, the tissue lining the blood vessels throughout … Continue reading Lowering homocysteine levels can decrease risk of heart attack, stroke and Alzheimer’s

Lower your cholesterol naturally with these foods and nutrients

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 73.5 million American adults, or more than 31 percent of the total adult population in the United States, have elevated levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad cholesterol. It’s a well-known fact that having high levels of bad cholesterol dramatically increases your risk of developing heart … Continue reading Lower your cholesterol naturally with these foods and nutrients

Compounds in celery found to reduce cholesterol and prevent tumor growth in animal study

The Apiaceae (umbellifers) family consists of mostly edible, flowering and aromatic plants, such as carrots, parsley, anise, coriander, Queen Anne’s lace, parsnip and celery. They are some of the most extensively studied edible plants on the planet because of their abundance of medicinal components, which give them various beneficial properties. Celery, for instance, contains apigenin, a compound that can stimulate … Continue reading Compounds in celery found to reduce cholesterol and prevent tumor growth in animal study

Lower your cholesterol naturally with these nutrients

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three Americans suffers from high blood cholesterol, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke. Eating plenty of fatty foods and red meat is the usual cause of high cholesterol. However, this health condition does not present symptoms. For this reason, stroke or heart attack often seems … Continue reading Lower your cholesterol naturally with these nutrients

Eye health and poor nutrition: A high-fat diet may be linked to vision problems later in life, warn scientists

It turns out, a diet high in fat can not only raise a person’s risk of obesity but also their risk of going blind later in life. In a recent study, researchers from the University of Southampton in the U.K. found that a high-fat diet affects the ability of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells to adjust to changing conditions in … Continue reading Eye health and poor nutrition: A high-fat diet may be linked to vision problems later in life, warn scientists

Statin drugs used to fight cholesterol actually HARM your health, say experts

When a doctor tells someone that their cholesterol levels are high enough to warrant a prescription for statins, many people are more than willing to comply in hopes of avoiding a heart attack. Statins are the second-most prescribed drugs on the planet, and one out of every five Americans aged 40 to 75 takes these … Continue reading Statin drugs used to fight cholesterol actually HARM your health, say experts