Olive Leaf Extract and Heart Health

Study Strengthens Olive Leaf Extract’s Heart Health Benefits

A new study finds a reduction in bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) equal to that found when taking the cholesterol lowering medication Atorvastatin, when supplemental olive leaf extracts were added daily.  This animal study examined the effects of a 50 or 100 mg/kg/day daily dose of olive leaf extract in comparison to a 20 mg/kg/day dose…

Meta-Analysis Rejects Safety Concerns Over Calcium Supplementation for Increasing Coronary Heart Disease Risk

According to a recent meta-analysis elderly women who supplement with calcium are not at an increased risk of either all-cause mortality or coronary heart disease. Researchers took data from over 18 randomized clinical trials.  Over 63,000 individuals participated in the trials with over 3,300 coronary heart disease events (CHD) and over 4,100 deaths.  Data from…

Could Low Vitamin D Put Postmenopausal Women At a Higher Risk of Metabolic Syndrome?

According to new data the onset of Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) in postmenopausal women may be closely linked to Vitamin D deficiency.  Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) was seen in 58% of postmenopausal women with either deficient or insufficient levels of Vitamin D when compared with a 40% occurrence in women with adequate Vitamin D levels. Over 450…

Vitamin E

The Health Benefits of Vitamin E

Vitamin E, an antioxidant, is a fat-soluble nutrient and can only be obtained through food or through supplementation.  It is well known for its benefits for the skin, however it also beneficially for the heart and the brain.  A deficiency of Vitamin E is usually caused by a genetic abnormality or a fat malabsorption disorder.…

Omega-3 and Coronary Heart Disease

Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Linked to Lower CHD Death Risk

According to a new study that emphasizes the protective effects of supplementing the diet with Omega-3 fish oils, a 26% lower risk of dying from Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) was associated with Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid supplementation. Over 22,000 individuals between the ages of 39 and 79 participated in this study that stretched over a…

Potassium and Hardening of the Arteries

Dietary Potassium May Alleviate Hardening of the Arteries

A new mouse study recently published shows Potassium may protect against vascular calcification (hardening of the arteries).  Additionally increased aortic stiffness was also seen in the mouse model when compared with normal Potassium fed mice.  Arterial stiffness in humans is usually a predictor of heart disease and cardiovascular mortality. Mice prone to atherosclerosis were fed…