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How Components of the Mediterranean Diet Reduce Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke 02/26/13

James Meschino DC, MS, ND   In 2013 the New England Journal of Medicine published their findings from the study known as “Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet” (the PREDIMED study), which showed that a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil and/or tree nuts (hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts) reduced the risk of cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction (heart attack) or stroke by 30%.   The study group involved a total of 7...

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Part 3: Getting the Right Amount of Fish and Fish Oil Each Day 11/20/12

In the previous two articles I reviewed the evidence showing that omega-3 fats from fish and fish oil supplementation provide many established health-promoting benefits with respect reducing risk of heart attack and other vascular diseases. The problem is that you can’t just rely on fish ingestion alone to optimize your omega-3 fat intake, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned the public that having more than two fish servings per week increases risk of mercury toxicity. More spec...

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Part 2: More Good News about Fish Oil and Heart Disease 11/14/12

In my previous article I explained the three primary mechanisms through with fish consumption and the use of a fish oil-containing supplement are reported to reduce risk of heart attack and ischemic stroke.  However, there are additional ways that fish and fish oil has been shown to reduce risk of heart and vascular disease. These include the following:   A. Reduce High Triglycerides High blood triglyceride levels also contribute to risk of heart disease. This seems to be especially tr...

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Three Important Ways That Fish and Fish Oil Supplements Reduce Risk of Heart Attack 11/13/12

Most people have heard that eating more fish and/or taking a supplement that contains fish oil is helpful in improving blood flow and reducing risk of heart attack. I believe it is more important than ever to follow this advice right now as authorities warned us in 2011 (e.g. The Canadian Cardiovascular Society) that taking a baby aspirin (low-dose aspirin) does not reduce risk of a first heart attack the way doctor’s once thought, and that taking even a low-dose aspirin on a regular basis increases risk of intesti...

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Milled Flaxseed Reduces High Blood Pressure In High Risk Patients: American Heart Association 2012 Scientific Sessions. 11/12/12

In a study presented in November (2012), at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, Dr Delfin Rodriguez (University Hospital Holguin, Cuba) presented evidence that the addition of 30 grams per day of milled flaxseed to the diets of patients with peripheral vascular disease resulted in a significant reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure over the six month study period. In patients with both peripheral vascular disease and high blood pressure those ingesting the milled flaxseed exhibited a r...

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Every High Saturated Fat Meal Brings You One Step Closer to a Heart Attack or Stroke: New Study Shows 10/31/12

In a recently reported 2012 study, 28 non-smoking men, who ate a Mediterranean-type meal first and then a high saturated fat meal one week later, were assessed for their immediate effects on blood circulation and blood vessel response of major arteries. All men initially underwent an ultrasound of the antecubital artery at the elbow crease after fasting for 12-hours to assess their baseline endothelial function (normal flow of blood through a major artery). The researchers then tested the effects ...

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