Vitamin C and Cardiovascular Benefits

Meta-Analysis Boosts Vitamin C’s Heart Benefits

According to a new meta-analysis, daily Vitamin C supplementation may lower levels of LDL Cholesterol by 5%.  This reduction in LDL (bad) Cholesterol aids in reducing Cardiovascular Disease risk factors. Over 400 individuals with High Blood Pressure participated in these 13 randomized clinical studies chosen for this meta-analysis which was published in the Journal of…

Phytosterols and Blood Pressure

Meta-Analysis Supports Phytosterols’ Potential Blood Pressure Benefits

A new meta-analysis shows that Phytosterols’, mostly known for their Cholesterol reducing potential, may also help support healthier Blood Pressure. 19 clinical trials were reviewed and data was pooled and analyzed.  Results showed that Phytosterol supplementation may reduce Systolic Blood Pressure by an average of 1.55 mmHg and Diastolic Blood Pressure by .84 mmHg.  These…

High Blood Pressure and Probiotics

Probiotics Can Improve Blood Pressure: 9-Study Review

According to a research review published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, long term Probiotic supplementation may control Blood Pressure. Over 540 adults with either normal or elevated Blood Pressure participated in the 9 studies reviewed by these researchers.  The analysis of the study results found Probiotic supplementation reduced Systolic Blood Pressure (top number)…

CoQ10 and Muscle Damage

High CoQ10 Levels May Prevent Muscle Damage in Pro Football Players

A new study shows higher levels of CoQ10 (Co Enzyme Q10), an antioxidant, in the blood may aid in reducing the severity of muscle damage seen in professional football players over 2 separate seasons. Professional football players from the Spanish First League participated in this study.  CQ1I0 levels in the blood in addition to stress…

L-Carnitine and Weight Loss

L-Carnitine Supplementation Beneficial for Reducing Waistline and Blood Pressure

According to a new meta-analysis, supplementation of the amino acid L-Carnitine has been shown to reduce both systolic blood pressure and waist circumference in people suffering from various health conditions associated with metabolic syndrome. 9 randomized controlled trials with over 500 participants were included in this meta-analysis.  The participants had underlying health conditions like non-alcoholic…

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…

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…