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

Shedding the pounds and KEEPING the weight off helps improve cardiometabolic factors, say researchers

It’s no secret that shedding a healthy number of pounds is good for you. Keeping the weight off, however, is equally important to sustain the health benefits of weight loss, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers from Tufts University and the University of Connecticut found that cardiometabolic improvements as a result of weight loss get reverted among people who regained … Continue reading Shedding the pounds and KEEPING the weight off helps improve cardiometabolic factors, say researchers

Healing herbs: Alternative herbal remedies for hypertension

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and the University of Copenhagen have identified a bioactive trait common among many herbs. This trait, researchers say, is responsible for the antihypertensive properties demonstrated by these herbs. Their finding, detailed in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offers a promising alternative strategy for treating hypertension, a condition in which blood pressure … Continue reading Healing herbs: Alternative herbal remedies for hypertension

Heart attack survivors may benefit more from taking high-dose multivitamins than statins, suggests study

Heart attack survivors are typically at greater risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event, such as stroke or another heart attack. In a recent study published in the American Heart Journal, researchers suggest that taking high-dose multivitamins may be beneficial for heart attack survivors, provided that they’re not on statins, a type of drug used to lower cholesterol levels and prevent heart attack. … Continue reading Heart attack survivors may benefit more from taking high-dose multivitamins than statins, suggests study

Combat hypertension with exercise and a healthy diet: 6 Natural ways to lower blood pressure

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a dangerous condition that can do irreparable damage to the heart. While short bouts of high blood pressure are not necessarily dangerous, a chronic condition, left untreated, heightens the risk of heart disease and its serious complications, including heart failure, heart attack and stroke. High blood pressure can also cause … Continue reading Combat hypertension with exercise and a healthy diet: 6 Natural ways to lower blood pressure

Natural antioxidants in cheese can protect your blood vessels from damage caused by high-salt diets

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that incorporating dairy cheese into a high-sodium diet helps preserve blood vessel function. Researchers from Pennsylvania State University and Ohio State University found that the natural antioxidants in cheese play a protective role against oxidative stress, which can damage the blood vessels. While small doses of sodium are essential to the body, eating too much dietary sodium is associated with cardiovascular … Continue reading Natural antioxidants in cheese can protect your blood vessels from damage caused by high-salt diets

Weight gain and diabetes risk: Deep belly fat poses more of a health risk to women than men

A study published in the journal Nature Medicine found that visceral or belly fat is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases more so in women than in men. Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden said that the difference between the two sexes is even greater when it comes to Type 2 diabetes risk. They found that visceral fat increased disease risk by more than seven times in … Continue reading Weight gain and diabetes risk: Deep belly fat poses more of a health risk to women than men

Research looks into the health benefits of alternate day fasting

A recent diet trend is alternate-day fasting (ADF). As its name suggests, alternate-day fasting involves fasting for a day and eating whatever you like without restrictions the next day. It is one of the several varieties of intermittent fasting. Although it can appear extreme to some people, alternate-day fasting is safe and has many health benefits, according to … Continue reading Research looks into the health benefits of alternate day fasting

Here are 6 reasons to consider whey protein

Whey protein is a popular dietary supplement. Widely used for its muscle-building benefits, whey protein can be beneficial beyond increased muscle strength. Here are some other notable health benefits of whey protein consumption: 1. Helps reduce high blood pressure Millions of Americans suffer from high blood pressure or hypertension. Studies have found that whey protein can help lower high … Continue reading Here are 6 reasons to consider whey protein

Study: Supplementation with curcumin offers benefits for patients with metabolic syndrome

A study published in the journal Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Review found that curcumin supplementation can help increase adiponectin levels. Adiponectin is said to help reduce the risk of cardiometabolic disease. According to researchers from the United Kingdom and Iran, people with metabolic syndrome and metabolic disorders can benefit from taking curcumin supplements regularly. Curcumin is the main active component … Continue reading Study: Supplementation with curcumin offers benefits for patients with metabolic syndrome