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Chocolate & Heart Health: No Longer Just For Romance

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Many of us happily know by now that a little dark chocolate goes a long way — not only does it make us feel good, it is good for our bodies as well. Cocoa and dark chocolate contains specific flavanols (a type of antioxidant family) that has been shown in studies to support healthy blood pressure and healthy inflammatory response. …

3 Factors That Affect Your High Blood Pressure Prognosis

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Prompt and intense treatment at the first signs of high blood pressure appears key to preventing heart attacks, strokes and early death, according to a new study. Patients with systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) higher than 150 mm Hg faced increased risks if doctors failed to begin aggressive drug treatment in less than a …

Breast Health & Omega 3 EFAs: More Effective Than Eating Fish

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If you’re a woman concerned about breast health and you can’t stomach the taste of fish, ensure you take fish oils (EPA and DHA). And if you do like fish, you’ll still want to take EPA/DHA supplements. Here’s why. In a meta-analysis (study of studies) in the British Medical Journal, researchers investigated the association between consumption of fish and omega …

Certain Antibiotic/Statin Combos May Be Unsafe Mix: Study

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Use of clarithromycin along with the cholesterol-lowering meds had higher risk of side effects Seniors who take the antibiotic Biaxin (clarithromycin) along with certain types of cholesterol-lowering statins are at risk for drug interaction side effects that can lead to hospitalization or even death, a new study suggests. “Physicians need to be made aware of this newly described dangerous interaction …

Researchers Love Studying Omega 3 EFAs

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Only aspirin has a higher number of clinical studies focusing on its powers. There are in excess of 20,000 research papers on Omega 3 EFAs (DHA and EPA alone or in combination) on Pubmed, the respository of clinical research. In a 12-month span between May 2012 and May 2013, there were more than 150 human clinical trials involving Omega 3 …