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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.

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 […]

Updated Aspirin Heart Guidelines: What do they mean for you?

willow twigs in spring; willow is the source of aspirin
The invention of aspirin was a watershed moment for the medical community. It was developed in the late 19th century as a pain reliever and fever reducer, but has evolved into a popular supplement for heart health. Researchers discovered that aspirin has the ability to prevent the formation of blood clots. Soon after, doctors began […]

Risks and Benefits of Coronary Calcium Test

As you know, calcium is essential for healthy teeth, bones, and other body parts. But, what few people realize is that calcium can be extremely dangerous when we’re talking heart health? Under normal circumstances, your body makes good use of calcium fortifying your bones and keeping them strong. What you may not know is that […]

Men’s and women’s symptoms differ for the same disease

Man and woman dancing on beach
News flash: Men and women are different. Before you roll your eyes and laugh, this really is a bit of a novel idea—at least in the medical field. You see, for centuries, men and women were treated the same when it came to disease prevention, diagnosis, and management. But today, we know this approach is […]

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