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…

Choline

Choline,-An Underused, Essential Nutrient

Choline is an essential vitamin-like nutrient that is useful for helping the body to maintain optimal health.  Only recently has this vital nutrient gained attention for its role in supporting healthy liver function, prenatal development, brain and heart health and athletic performance and recovery.  As a matter of fact Choline is the most recent nutrient…

Vitamin D

Vitamin D Blunts Negative Impact of Statins in Diabetes Patients Post Exercise

A new study shows patients with Type 2 Diabetes who are taking statin drugs and supplementing with Vitamin D improves their cardio respiratory fitness as well as muscle mitochondria. 28 individuals participated in this randomized controlled trial.  Data from the participants upon completion of the trial showed that participants cardio respiratory fitness decreased by 8.4%…

Heart

Clinical Benefits: Could Vitamin C Lower Risks After Heart Surgery?

A new meta-analysis has found supplementing with Vitamin C after heart surgery can help lower the risks of developing atrial fibrillation.  Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is an irregular heart rhythm which oftentimes results in a rapid heartbeat.  AFib is not uncommon and can lead to serious complications like heart failure and stroke.  AFib can be triggered…

Omega 3

Two-Thirds of Middle-Aged German Women Have Low Omega-3: Increased Risk of Heart Disease

A new German population study has found over 70% of middle-aged women have low Omega-3 levels increasing their risk of heart disease. Data from over 400 middle aged women who had taken part in a larger cross-sectional, nationwide multicenter study (VitaMinFemin) was analyzed.  The original study which was designed to determine the status of selected…