Cocoa: A Sweet Way to Lower Blood Pressure

More good news for chocoholics: dark chocolate, a good source of powerful antioxidant polyphenols can help reduce blood pressure. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association included six men and seven women aged 55-64 with mildly high blood pressure. On average, the participants' systolic blood pressure (the top number) was 153 and diastolic blood pressure (the … [Read more...]

Avocados: Whip up a Dip for the Heart

It may not be long before your cardiologist recommends avocados to help combat high cholesterol. One study showed that after seven days dining on diet that included avocados, patients with moderately high cholesterol levels saw a drop in both total and LDL cholesterol, as well as an 11% increase in heart-healthy HDL levels. That's because avocados contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat … [Read more...]

Almonds: Reduce Inflammation and Guard The Heart

Two recently published studies suggest that a healthy diet that includes almonds can reduce two of the primary risk factors for heart disease: high cholesterol and elevated C-reactive protein (a marker for internal inflammation). Not only that, but both studies (published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, respectively) show that a diet … [Read more...]

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