A new study has suggested strawberries lower cholesterol. According to the analyses conducted by Italian and Spanish scientists, volunteers who ate half a kilo of strawberries a day for a month had lower levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides.
Previous studies demonstrated that strawberries have significant antioxidant capacity. Strawberries are considered an important fruit in the Mediterranean diet due to their high content of essential nutrients and beneficial phytochemicals, which seem to exert positive effects on human health.
In this study healthy volunteers were supplemented daily with 500 g of strawberries for a month. Strawberry consumption was observed to positively influence the lipid profile by significantly lowering
A new study reports that the consumption of green tea and coffee may lower stroke risk. Green tea is made from the leaves of an evergreen shrub native to Southeast Asia. Both green tea and black tea are made from the same plant species. Green tea is rich in the class of polyphenol compounds known as catechins. Polyphenols may have health benefits for humans.
In the recent study, 82,369 Japanese men and women without heart disease or cancer were followed for 13 years. Green tea and coffee intake was measured by a food frequency questionnaire. During the study, 3,425 participants had a stroke and 910 participants developed heart disease. Drinking at least one cup of coffee daily lowered the stroke risk by 20 percent, compared to seldom coffee co
Hypertension is one of the greatest health care problems facing North Americans, with over 50 million affected. Elevated blood pressure is a known risk factor for heart attacks and strokes and is the foremost cause of unexpected death. The International Journal of Internal Medicine suggests that hypertension also contributes to comorbidity in individuals with diabetes, as approximately 50-70% percent of people with diabetes also have elevated blood pressure.
Methods to control hypertension
There are numerous conventional approaches to help a patient control hypertension including the following well-known interventions: diuretics; angiotension-converting
Conventional physicians routinely recommend patients take regular low dose aspirin for its alleged cardiovascular benefits. However, a recent series of published studies have focused on a number of serious dangers to this therapy.
In the journal Opthamology (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ophtha.2011.06.025) Dutch researchers found that seniors who regularly took low dose aspirin had double the risk of developing age related macular degeneration than those who took no aspirin. The frequency amounted to one in twenty five aspirin users.
According to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology a