cardiovascular disease

  1. Combat cardiovascular risk with four-antioxidant combo

    We just learned that vitamin E plays a major role in preventing Alzheimer's disease. But vitamin E is hardly a one-trick pony. In fact, another study out this week shows that vitamin E, along with three other antioxidants, can help combat cardiovascular disease.

    For this study, Israeli scientists recruited 70 patients who had at least two of the following risk factors:

        • high blood pressure
        • diabetes

    low HDL cholesterol (or "good" cholesterol)

      • smoked cigarettes

    Scientists divided participants into two random groups. The first group received 1000 mg of vitamin C, 400 IU of vitamin E, 200 mcg of selenium, and 120 mg of coenzyme Q10 each day. The second group received a placebo. The participants continued this regimen for six months.

    After six months, researchers found that the antioxidant group experienced some major changes in their overall health.

    First off, the patients' HDL -- or "good" -- cholesterol increased. They also lowered their blood pressure. And their blood sugar levels came down as well. And best of all, the researchers noted an improvement in overall arterial elasticity in the antioxidant patients. And that's a biggie, because stiff arteries lead to heart attacks and strokes.

    On the other hand, the group receiving just the placebo for six months didn't experience any of these improvements. Their numbers all stayed the same. What's the take home message here, folks? There's always plenty you can do to improve your overall health...even if you've already been diagnosed with hypertension or diabetes.

    Now, of course, I would make a few tweaks to the Israeli regimen. First off, instead of taking 1,000 mg of vitamin C once a day, take that amount twice a day. (That's my minimum recommended level for healthy adults.)

    In addition, you can take 400 IU of vitamin E twice a day as well. I would also make sure to add magnesium to the mix for anyone with a heart condition or diabetes. Go for 500 to 800 mg of it per day. Magnesium helps to relax your blood vessels and normalize your blood pressure. And lastly, I would also add 1,000 mg of l-carnitine. This nutrient helps you turn fat into energy.

  2. Diabetics: One whole grain may reduce your cardiovascular risk by up to 64 percent

    If you've got diabetes, eating just this one type of whole grain every day may add years to your life. In fact, in a recent analysis, women who ate the most of this whole grain significantly reduced their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease (compared to women who ate none of it).

    It's no secret that cardiovascular disease is a huge problem for men and women with diabetes. In fact, if you've got diabetes, you run two to three times the risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death compared to the general population.

    But one whole grain can help. And that's bran.

    According to the recent study, women who ate at least 10 grams of bran every day reduced their risk of death (from all causes) by 55 percent compared to non-bran eaters. They also reduced their risk of cardiovascular death by 64 percent (again, compared to non-bran eaters).

    Bottom line? Whole grains are good. But bran's the best, when it comes to diabetics. So make sure to get plenty of it into your diet if you suffer from high blood sugar. Sprinkle whole bran flakes onto your yogurt. Eat breads made with whole bran. Add bran to your favorite whole wheat pancakes. You can even throw it into your favorite fruit smoothie! Just make sure to get 10 grams of it a day.

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