Heart Health

Yogurt may reduce cardiovascular disease risk

19 Feb 2018 --- A higher yogurt intake is associated with lower cardiovascular disease risk among hypertensive men and women, a study in the American Journal of Hypertension suggests. High blood pressure is a major cardiovascular disease risk factor. Clinical trials have previously demonstrated beneficial effects of dairy consumption on cardiovascular health, and yogurt may independently be related to cardiovascular disease risk.

Bad for the heart: Lobby group slams retailers for high salt meals for Valentine’s Day 

14 Feb 2018 --- Top retailers are providing excessive salt, calories, saturated fat and sugars in their Valentine’s “dine-in” meal deals at bargain prices – that is the assertion from Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), a campaign group concerned with salt and its effects on health. The UK organization has carried out a new survey that reveals high levels of salt “hidden” in Valentine’s Day meal deals on sale at some of Britain’s biggest supermarkets. 

EFSA rejects Unilever black tea health claim

18 Jan 2018 --- The European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected a health claim regarding black tea’s effects on the maintenance of normal endothelium-dependent vasodilation in adults. The application, submitted for authorization of a health claim pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 by Unilever, pertained to “black tea beverages, either freshly prepared or reconstituted from water extract powders of black tea, characterized by the content of flavanols (expressed as catechins plus theaflavins) of at least 30 mg per 200 ml serving.” 

US Global Health Committee report on heart disease burden: prioritize noncommunicable diseases

01 Dec 2017 --- The US must prioritize its health resources toward detecting and treating noncommunicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, while maintaining and expanding prevention and eradication of infectious diseases on a global scale. This is according to a report modified from US global health recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (previously the Institute of Medicine) published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Vitamin K2 could be novel therapeutic target for common cardiovascular condition

23 Nov 2017 --- The European Heart Journal has published a review paper that highlights the potential of vitamin K2 supplementation for calcific aortic valve stenosis (CAVS), a common cardiovascular condition in the aging population where no medical therapy currently exists.

Plant-based diet found to cut the risk of developing heart disease

15 Nov 2017 --- Eating a mostly plant-based diet was associated with less risk of developing heart failure among people without previously diagnosed heart disease or heart failure, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017 event for global advances in cardiovascular science.

Eating regular variety of nuts associated with lower risk of heart disease

14 Nov 2017 --- People who regularly eat nuts, including peanuts, walnuts and tree nuts, have a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease or coronary heart disease compared to people who never or almost never eat nuts. This is according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, said to be the largest to date looking at frequency of nut consumption in relation to the incidence of cardiovascular disease.

Drinking coffee may reduce risk of heart failure and stroke, research suggests

14 Nov 2017 --- Drinking coffee may be associated with a decreased risk of developing heart failure or having a stroke, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2017, a global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians.

Heart attacks more likely in those with low blood phosphate levels: study

13 Nov 2017 --- Insufficient levels of phosphate in the blood may pose a particular danger to cardiovascular health, according to new research from the University of Surrey. The study’s findings contradict previous research in this area, which suggested low volumes of the mineral was beneficial to the heart.

FDA statement explains decision to revoke soy protein heart health claim

07 Nov 2017 --- The FDA’s Director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Susan Mayne, Ph.D., has issued a statement clarifying the organization’s decision to revoke the health claim that soy protein reduces the risk of heart disease.
The decision is a setback for a space that has recently had some good news with health claims. For example, it comes shortly after Bunge’s qualified soybean oil heart health claim was approved by the FDA. Soy protein was also noted to be a plant protein with 25 percent growth in sports nutrition launches tracked by Innova Market Insights (Global, 2016 vs. 2015).

Turn up the heat: Spicy food may curb unhealthy cravings for salt

31 Oct 2017 --- Subjects who enjoyed spicy foods appeared to eat less salt and have lower blood pressure, potentially reducing their risk of heart attack and stroke, according to new research from China. The study was published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

Food for the heart (Part 2): Consumer trends and innovations

19 Oct 2017 --- Food for heart health is a key trend in nutrition NPD, with many companies exploring ways in which to protect consumers against cardiovascular issues. Today, in the second part of a special report, NutritionInsight examines which consumer trends are driving innovation in the world of heart health products and what these innovations are.

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.