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CoQ10: Improving Run Times & Heart Health

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Coenzyme Q10 not only has a pretty cool name (CoQ10), but it is one of the most powerful health-promoting supplements on the market. In fact, there are thousands of studies showing its positive influence on energy, specifically as energy relates to cardiovascular wellness. In fact, more recent research has shown that CoQ10 supplementation supports healthy cholesterol levels and thus may …

Getting Enough CoQ10 When On A Statin Cholesterol Management Drug

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You know by reading our blog forum that even reasonably healthy folks will likely be prescribed any number of pharmaceutical statins, courtesy of the new cholesterol treatment guidelines aggressively proposed by the American Heart Association. Nothing to fear, really. You should always be quite mindful of your own unique cholesterol levels. We say “unique” because cholesterol is a two-part number; …

Eating Walnuts Can Help Your Heart

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According to researchers in Germany, walnuts are great for the heart (and tasty, too). In a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Metabolism, the scientific team gave study participants, who were reasonably healthy men and women, 1.5 ounces of walnuts to eat daily for eight weeks. The team checked the participants’ levels of LDL cholesterol and apolipoprotein B — …

The Truth About Vitamin E In Men

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There was much ado regarding a large-scale men’s health study a couple years ago that proclaimed men did not get any benefit whatsoever from vitamin E alone; nay, in fact, vitamin E, declared the researchers, “significantly increased the risk of prostate cancer among healthy men.” This particular study was part of what’s known as the SELECT (Selenium and Vitamin E …

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 …

Support Heart Health With Red Yeast Rice And CoQ10

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Famous author, blogger, and speaker, Michael Hyatt once said, “It is not your experience, knowledge, or skills. Your heart is your most important leadership tool.” He sounded true, not only figuratively, but also matter-of-factly; when he voiced this quote. Without a second thought, your heart is a life-maintaining organ. A healthy heart means a healthy life. But, is it easy …