Heart Health

Food for the heart (Part 1): Opportunities, challenges and delivery forms

16 Oct 2017 --- Heart health is literally a matter of life and death – according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the US every year. This means that it accounts for 1 in every 4 deaths. Indeed, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, so potential nutritional solutions are at the forefront of companies’ thinking.

Sugar puts healthy people at risk of developing heart disease: study

05 Oct 2017 --- Healthy people who consume high levels of sugar are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, according to a groundbreaking study from the University of Surrey. The study found that a subject group of otherwise healthy men had increased levels of fat in their blood and fat stored in their liver after they had consumed a high-sugar diet.

Low vitamin K intake linked to decreased heart health in teens

03 Oct 2017 --- A study of 766 otherwise healthy adolescents has shown that those who consumed the least vitamin K1 were at 3.3 times greater risk for an unhealthy enlargement of the major pumping chamber of their heart. Vitamin K1, or phylloquinone, is found in spinach, cabbage, iceberg lettuce and olive oil and is the predominant form of vitamin K in the US diet.

Excess dietary manganese found to increase risk of staph heart infection

25 Sep 2017 --- Too much dietary manganese  an essential trace mineral found in leafy green vegetables, fruits and nuts promotes infection of the heart by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, according to a study in the journal Cell Host & Microbe. The findings add to the evidence that diet modifies risk for infection and suggest that people who have excess levels of tissue manganese, including those who consume dietary supplements with high concentrations of the metal, may be at increased risk for staph infection of the heart.

NattoPharma to introduce first full-spectrum vitamin K2

22 Sep 2017 --- NattoPharma is set to launch MenaQ7 Full Spectrum K2. This latest innovation is the result of a proprietary technological breakthrough, creating a vitamin K2 that provides menaquinones (MK) 6, 7, 8 and 9, a range of isomers vital for cardiovascular health, the company reports. 

Risk of heart disease in “food deserts” linked to income, rather than access to healthy food

14 Sep 2017 --- Cardiovascular disease risk is higher in people with a low income or who live in low-income neighborhoods regardless of their access to healthy food. This is according to new research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

Global fat guidelines up for reconsideration, researchers say

30 Aug 2017 --- Researchers at the 2017 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress have called for a reconsideration of global dietary guidelines on dietary fat intake in light of new data on fat and cardiovascular risk and mortality. Findings from more than 135,000 individuals from 18 countries in the Prospective Urban-Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study show that high carbohydrate intake is linked to worse total mortality and non-cardiovascular (CV) mortality outcomes, while a high fat intake is associated with lower risk.

Dark chocolate enriched with olive oil linked to improved cardiovascular risk profile

30 Aug 2017 --- Dark chocolate enriched with extra virgin olive oil is associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile, according to research presented at a European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress this week. The study suggests that extra virgin olive oil might be a good food additive to help preserve endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), which are critical for vascular repair and maintenance of endothelial function.

High salt intake linked to doubled risk of heart failure

28 Aug 2017 --- High salt intake is associated with a doubled risk of heart failure, according to a 12-year study in more than 4,000 people presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress. According to the researchers, people who consumed more than 13.7 grams of salt daily had a two times higher risk of heart failure compared to those consuming less than 6.8 grams. The optimal daily salt intake is probably even lower than 6.8 grams, as the physiological need is 2 to 3 grams per day.

Bunge soybean oil heart health claim approved by US FDA

01 Aug 2017 --- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Bunge North America’s petition for a qualified health claim linking soybean oil consumption to reduced risk of heart disease. Soybean oil is the US’ most commonly used ingredient and top dietary source of polyunsaturated fats.

Mediterranean diet does have health benefits, but only if you're rich: Italian study

01 Aug 2017 --- The Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, but only if you are rich or highly educated. This is according to researchers from the Italian I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed, who performed a study on over 18,000 subjects recruited within the Moli-sani study. 

Calcium could play key role in moderating cholesterol

28 Jul 2017 --- New research from the University of Alberta and McGill University has discovered a direct link between calcium and cholesterol. The discovery means that, beyond helping with strong bones and teeth, calcium could also lead to new ways of treating high blood cholesterol, a known risk factor for developing heart disease.

Heart failure linked to diversity of gut flora

13 Jul 2017 --- New data obtained by scientists of the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) provide valuable points of departure for understanding how gut colonization is associated with the development and progress of heart failure. Notably, researchers have found that important groups of bacteria are found less frequently in the gut of patients with heart failure, and the gut flora is not as diverse as in healthy individuals. 

Energy Drinks Put Individuals with Heart Conditions at Further Risk

10 May 2017 --- Scientists have expressed concerns about the effect of energy drinks on individuals, particularly teens, with familial long QT syndrome in a new study published in the International Journal of Cardiology.

ADM Adds DHA Algal Oil to Omega 3 Product Line

07 Apr 2017 --- Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has added Onavita DHA algal oil to its omega 3 product line. The new DHA product from a US algae supply can be used in a variety of dietary supplements and fortified food products and provides vegan and allergen-free labeling options for food, beverage and supplement developers.

Multivitamins Not Associated with Heart Disease Risk, Regardless of Initial Dietary Intake

06 Apr 2017 --- More than half of older American adults take a daily multivitamin supplement, but evidence of any clear health benefits is scarce. The Physicians' Health Study II (PHS II) remains the only randomized, large-scale, long-term trial to test whether a daily multivitamin reduced cardiovascular disease risk, and researchers found that after 11 years of follow up, there was no significant difference in risk of major cardiovascular disease (CVD) events among men who took a multivitamin compared to those that took a placebo. 

Research Investigates if Boosting “Good” Cholesterol Really Improves Health

23 Mar 2017 --- A new review has addressed the mysteries behind “good” HDL cholesterol and why boosting its levels may not necessarily provide protection from cardiovascular risk for patients.

Younger Heart Attack Patients More Likely to Have Low “Good” Cholesterol vs. Elevated “Bad” Cholesterol

09 Mar 2017 --- Men under 45 years old and women under 50 years old who suffer a heart attack are far more likely to have abnormally low good cholesterol than elevated bad cholesterol, according to research scheduled for presentation at the American College of Cardiology’s 66th Annual Scientific Session.

Researchers Aim to Clarify Heart Health Dietary Advice

28 Feb 2017 --- In a new review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers have analyzed nutrition studies, with the intention of cutting through the confusion about the best dietary patterns to reduce heart disease. The review concludes current evidence strongly supports eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts in moderation.

German Research Boost for Improving Heart Health

17 Feb 2017 --- Three universities have joined forced with nutrition and agriculture institutions in Germany to form NutriCARD, aiming to research and analysis the production and marketing of heart-healthy food.