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Cardiovascular Health

The amazing benefits of eating coconuts


Given the many times that experts have touted the benefits of consuming more fruits and vegetables, it should come as no surprise to learn that coconuts posses some amazing benefits. A tropical fruit that is a versatile as it is unusual, coconuts are now processed around the world to produce a number of products, including sugar, soap, milk, cosmetic products, butter, flour and the ever-popular, coconut oil. Given the popularity and widespread availability of these various products that utilize coconuts and their benefits, it can sometimes be easy to overlook these round, hard-skinned fruits in their more natural state.

The most sophisticated lab for understanding cholesterol and heart disease risk


As science progresses, the level of understanding of cardiac risk factors and special testing continues to improve. Many leading health experts believe that the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Lipoprofile (NMR) test is the most sophisticated lab for understanding cholesterol numbers and heart disease risk.

Paprika is a great spice to assist your cardiovascular system


The bell pepper family brings a lot of positive things to the table without a doubt. One of its most recognized members is paprika and it happens to be quite appreciated for the particular taste that it provides to various dishes. Paprika, as with other members of its family, is filled with capsaicin, an extraordinary substance known for its antioxidant properties but also for its incredible benefits to the cardiovascular system in general.

Mediterranean diet protects against peripheral artery disease, heart attack and stroke


A large, multicenter clinical trial has provided some of the strongest evidence yet that a Mediterranean diet plus added olive oil or nuts protects all parts of the cardiovascular system, helping to prevent heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease. The most recent findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Seeking a low-cost solution to cardiovascular troubles? Hibiscus may be the answer


If you have traveled to Mexico, then chances are that you've seen the vibrant, scarlet-hued herbal tea known as hibiscus. Commonly referred to as "sour drink" in Iran, hibiscus not only is a refreshingly tart brew but also has been used worldwide as an effective medicinal beverage. Rich in vitamin C, alkaloids and bioflavonoids, this bright-red elixir is traditionally used for supporting respiratory and cardiovascular health, lowering blood pressure, maintaining fluid balance and alleviating insomnia. And now, contemporary research has validated the herb as a health-promoting tonic in a variety of areas.

Benefits of Drinking Coffee


For years, physicians have been warning about the negative health effects of drinking coffee. You may have been told that coffee will raise your blood pressure, lead to heart disease, give you an ulcer or make you diabetic. But studies continue to roll in that caste doubt on this “common wisdom.” Certainly, like anything, coffee should not be used in excess. However, study after study has failed to prove that moderate coffee consumption increases your risk for cardiovascular disease or any other serious illness.

Middle-aged adults help their hearts with regular leisure-time physical activities


Middle-aged adults who regularly engage in leisure-time physical activity for more than a decade may enhance their heart health, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation. In a new study, more than 4,200 participants (average age 49) reported the duration and frequency of their leisure-time physical activities such as brisk walking, vigorous gardening, cycling, sports, housework and home maintenance.