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Do Statins Cause Cataracts?

by Leigh 23 September 2013

Although there are often effective natural ways to reduce cholesterol and reduce heart disease risks, many physicians continue to push statins and many patients have come to expect a prescription for these drugs. Unfortunately, statins have a range of side-effects, some potentially very dangerous, and now another study has found a link between statins and […]

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Leucine – Is This BCAA Raising Your Risk of Heart Disease?

by Leigh 22 April 2013

A popular anabolic bodybuilding supplement, leucine, could be connected to obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure according to a new study. The research comes courtesy of the University of Iowa and looks at the underlying molecular pathways that are at work in these health conditions. What they found was that the branch chain amino […]

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Achieving Healthy Cholesterol Levels, Naturally, Without Statins

by Leigh 20 March 2013

There are a number of ways to lower total cholesterol levels and improve healthy cholesterol levels without resorting to statins or other medications with potentially fatal side-effects. Simple steps to take to reduce your risk of clogged arteries include: Exercising regularly Limiting alcohol intake Eating a heart healthy diet Avoiding smoking Cholesterol-Lowering Dietary Changes Just […]

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Can Statins be Dangerous?

by Leigh 20 March 2013

Statins work by blocking a specific liver enzyme that produces cholesterol and this can prevent the continued build-up of cholesterol plaques in the arterial walls. Over time, the body may then be able to clear some of the clogged arteries and lower the risk of heart disease. However, cholesterol is essential for some bodily processes, […]

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‘High-Potency’ Statins Raise Risk of Acute Kidney Injury by More than a Third

by Leigh 20 March 2013

Should you need more incentive to take a natural approach to lowering cholesterol and your risk for heart disease, a new study suggests that high potency statins could increase your risk of acute kidney injury by more than a third. The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, researchers who carried out this study looked at over […]

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Broken Heart Syndrome – How Even a Healthy Heart Can Break After Valentine’s Day

by Leigh 19 February 2013

February 14th can be a tough day for many, with couples often feeling pressured to make things perfect and singles feeling obligated to find a date. Knowing that you’re quite unlikely to die of a broken heart is probably little consolation but even those with so-called Broken Heart Syndrome (Takotsubo cardiomyopathy) have a good prognosis […]

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Berries Cut Heart Attack Risk by a Third in NHS Group.

by Leigh 17 January 2013

Blueberries and strawberries are associated with a significant reduction in the risk of a heart attack according to a recent study. A diet rich in anthocyanins, found in abundance in berries, reduced (myocardial infarction) MI risk by 32% in the analysis of data from the Nurses’ Health Study, with consumption of the specific berries having […]

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Controlling Blood Pressure Naturally – Flaxseed’s Impressive Antihypertensive Effect and a Simple Heart Healthy Smoothie Recipe

by Leigh 5 December 2012

Including flaxseed in the diet could halve the number of strokes and cut heart attacks by around a third according to a new study. The researchers, working in Cuba, found that flaxseed decreased blood pressure more dramatically than any other dietary intervention ever studied. Presenting their findings at the American Heart Association 2012 Scientific Sessions, […]

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Heart Disease, Olanzapine and Mental Health

by Leigh 5 September 2012

A new study suggests that a drug used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder could be connected to increased appetite, unhealthy weight gain, heart disease and resulting fatal heart attacks. Olanzapine is an atypical antipsychotic medication that has been found to alter the response of specific food reward areas of the brain. This new finding […]

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Hospital Food Contains Twice Recommended Sodium Levels

by Leigh 25 July 2012

It’s one of life’s ironies that hospital food is often lacking in nutrition if not downright unhealthy but a recent study finds that hospital food contains twice recommended sodium levels – bad news for those in hospital due to a cardiovascular condition. Keeping a good sodium and potassium balance is important for a naturally healthy […]

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