Heart Conditions

There are so many things you can do to maintain a healthy heart. Read everything from advice on how to manage your cholesterol and blood pressure, to the latest research on heart-healthy compounds like omega-3s and PQQ.

Heart Health Plan: Three Steps to Wellness

woman making salad with heart healthy olive oil as part of a heart health plan
Heart disease has been the number-one killer of Americans for years—and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change any time soon. According to the CDC, 610,000 die of heart disease and 735,000 suffer a heart attack annually. While you can’t do much about family history or your age (two big heart health risk factors), there are three things you can do to dramatically lower your risk of heart disease…and they’re easier than you think.

Understanding Blood Tests: Heart

Your blood is like your body’s running scoreboard. On that scoreboard is a list of statistics about your body’s health and vitality. And a simple blood test can be an effective way to stay on top of your heart health game. However, if you’re not a doctor, the results aren’t always easy to understand. And that’s a problem when those scores and statistics are essential to your present and future health. So here are a few insights on what those tests mean, how to read them and what you can do to keep your results in the healthy range.

Curcumin’s Heart Health Benefits

Recent research has pulled away the curtain on a little-appreciated group of cells that line the inside of your heart, veins and arteries—they’re called endothelial cells. These cells are largely responsible for raising and lowering your blood pressure as needed. So, if they’re damaged, it can really wreak havoc on blood pressure levels. Exercise is one of the best ways to protect your endothelial cells, but exciting research shows that this golden nutrient is just as effective as exercise!

National Heart Month

A big claim, no? Well, February is National Heart Month, an annual event put on by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  It’s a great time for brushing up on your heart health knowledge, making any necessary changes in your own approach to heart health while sharing information on America’s leading cause of death. […]

Blood Donation: The Benefits for the Giver

January is National Blood Donor Month, which has been observed since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood donations in the winter—a time of year when blood supply dwindles significantly due to holiday travel, seasonal illness, and inclement weather. While you may know that each pint you give can save the lives of up to three people…did you know that donating blood comes with a ton of benefits to you the donor as well? It’s true. Read on and learn why.

Indian Gooseberry Health Benefits

There’s a heart-helping fruit that goes far beyond the heart health benefits of any fruit I’ve ever written about. This unassuming berry looks a bit like a large green grape, but don’t let its small size fool you. This amazing heart health panacea offers everything your heart will ever need for optimal cholesterol, circulation, blood sugar and more.

Aspirin study shows bleeding risk higher than heart benefits for many seniors

willow trees in winter field
Not too long ago, I wrote that a growing body of research prompted the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to revise its recommendations for daily, low-dose aspirin use. Well, a new study further warns about the dangers of daily aspirin—especially for people over the age of 70. The good news is, I’ve identified several natural ways to get all of the same benefits without any of the risks…no matter how old you are. Read on.

Plant Sterols Benefits for Cholesterol and Prostate Health

There is a white, waxy, naturally occurring substance found in many whole foods, including vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes that shows tremendous promise both for its ability to lower cholesterol (in studies it was just as effective as statins) AND reverse benign prostatic hyperplasia. It’s inexpensive, easy to find and works wonders without a single side effect. Get the whole story here.

Understanding Your Blood Tests: Cholesterol

Cholesterol Blood Test
If we’re serious about taking charge of our own health, we need to know the tools that help us understand it. Chief among them are blood tests. Each one gives us an invaluable look into the amazing inner workings of our bodies. There are far too many to cover in this space, so today, we’ll […]

Understanding Your Blood Tests: Kidney Health

blood vial on kidney blood test results
Imagine for a minute what life would be like without garbage collectors. Trash piled up on your curb. The smell of rotting food wafting down your street. Flies feasting and spreading germs on whatever else they land on. I’m getting sick thinking about it! You’re so reliant on regular garbage pick up that it’s hard […]

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