Category Archives: Cardiovascular Disease

The Heart Healthy Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is the traditional diet consumed by the populations living around the Mediterranean Sea. The diet consists of unprocessed and unrefined whole cereal grains, fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, red wine, olive oil, olives and dairy including milk and … Continue reading

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More On Flavonoids and Cardiovascular Disease

Flavonoids are a group of phytochemicals that belong to the polyphenol group. Flavonoids are present in a wide number of plant foods, particularly fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices. A number of studies have suggested that there is a modest protective … Continue reading

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Linden (Tilia spp): Potential Sedative

Linden (Tilia spp) is a common English name for a genus of tree belonging to the Tiliaceae family of plants. Although the name derived from England, the trees are native to much of the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. … Continue reading

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Alpha Linolenic Acid: Cardiovascular Risk

Alpha linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)) is an essential fatty acid that has vitamin like effects in humans. Intakes of ALA must be balanced with intake of the other essential fatty acid linoleic acid (LA, C18:2 (n-6)), and the dietary … Continue reading

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Acylcarnitines: A Risk Factor For Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardiovascular disease is a treatable and even reversible condition. Treatment and reversal however requires that the disease is identified before large scale damage is done. The longer the disease is allowed to develop, the less that chance there exists that … Continue reading

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Magnesium For Cardioprotection

Magnesium is a macromineral in human nutrition. This means it is needed in gram amounts in the diet. Magnesium is a divalent cation and works along side other divalent cations, particularly calcium, at maintaining normal cellular homeostasis. In particular, magnesium … Continue reading

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How Do Red Wine Antioxidants Protect Lipoproteins?

Lipoprotein oxidation is considered a possible mechanism by which atherosclerosis can develop. The process is not fully understood, but it has become apparent that only oxidised lipoproteins are involved in the process of atherosclerotic plaque formation in humans. This has … Continue reading

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Vitamin B6 and Cardiovascular Disease: Lanthionine and Homolanthionine

Vitamin B6 deficiency is associated with cardiovascular disease. In some studies this has been shown to be related to the role of vitamin B6 in the metabolism of homocysteine. In short, vitamin B6 is required for the metabolism of homocysteine … Continue reading

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The Nordic Diet: Cardioprotective

The Nordic diet is a traditional diet, consumed by individuals living in Norway. The Nordic diet is composed of whole unprocessed foods including whole grain cereals, fruits, berries, root vegetables and fish. Epidemiological studies have shown that consumption of the … Continue reading

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High Flavonoid Intake Reduces Risk of Hypertension

Flavonoids are polyphenolic antioxidants that are bioavailable in humans. The main flavonoid subgroups are flavonols, flavanones, flavones, flavan-3-ols, proanthocyanidins, anthocyanins and isoflavones. These different subgroups may have different biological activities, and are present in a broad range of foods in … Continue reading

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