Heart Health

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.

High-Altitude Living Decreases Risk of Heart Disease

31 Jan 2017 --- A new study has revealed that the incidence of Metabolic Syndrome could be lower if the altitude of where a person lives is higher. The study has been published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Physiology.

Type of Sugar Consumed Could Determine Disease Risk

23 Jan 2017 --- The type of sugar you eat, and not just calorie count, may determine your risk for chronic disease, according to a new study. The research is the first of its kind to compare the effects of two types of sugar on metabolic and vascular function. 

Red Meat Has Neutral Effect on Cardiovascular Disease Risk

20 Dec 2016 --- Consuming more red meat than what is typically recommended does not affect short-term cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as blood pressure and blood cholesterol, according to a new review of clinical trials from Purdue University.

A Handful of Nuts a Day Cuts Risk of Disease

05 Dec 2016 --- A large analysis of current research shows that people who eat at least 20g of nuts a day have a lower risk of heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

Midlife Important Time to Reduce Risks of Heart Failure

29 Nov 2016 --- Preventing the development of hypertension, obesity and diabetes by the age of 45 to 55 years could reduce risk for heart failure by up to 86 percent throughout the remainder of life, according to research published today in JACC: Heart Failure.

Healthy Lifestyle Can Cut Genetic Heart Disease Risk

14 Nov 2016 --- Following a healthy lifestyle can cut in half the probability of a heart attack or similar event, even for those who have a high genetic risk, according to a study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). 

Calcium Supplements May Damage the Heart

18 Oct 2016 --- Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have concluded that taking calcium in the form of supplements may raise the risk of plaque buildup in arteries and heart damage, although a diet high in calcium-rich foods is still protective. 

Potatoes, Cereals and Alcohol Increase Heart Disease Risk, Not Saturated Fats

17 Oct 2016 --- New research looking into the dietary habits of 42 European countries over 16 years has revealed that the consumption of potatoes, cereals, and alcohol increases risk of heart disease, whereas saturated fats such as dairy, animal proteins, and tree nuts reduce it.

Foods With Improved Fat Quality Reduce CVD Risk

17 Oct 2016 --- Swapping regular-consumed food items with improved fat quality can lead to nearly a 30% reduction in cardiovascular disease risk, according to a new study published in British Journal of Nutrition. 

Synthesis-derived MK-7 is Bioequivalent to Fermentation-derived MK-7

07 Oct 2016 --- A new study has demonstrated that synthesis-derived MK-7 is 100% bioequivalent to fermentation-derived MK-7, in both biological function and activity. The new development is expected to please the K2 MK7 supplements industry, as production by batch fermentation restricts the manufacturing scalability of MK-7, restricting overall growth of the vitamin K2 market.

“One Brave Idea” Research Award will be Used to Better Understand Heart Disease

06 Oct 2016 --- The “One Brave Idea” research award will be granted to Dr. Calum MacRae, chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The American Heart Association (AHA), Verily Life Sciences LLC and AstraZeneca have announced that it will be used to support his visionary approach to understanding and addressing coronary heart disease (CHD) and its devastating consequences.

Carotenoid-Rich Tomato Extract Benefits Heart Health

06 Oct 2016 --- New research has shown that taking the carotenoid-rich tomato extract (CRTE), Cardiomato, supplement for only two weeks inhibits the oxidation of Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL), the cholesterol most often associated with heart disease. The study was published in the international peer-reviewed journal, Food & Nutrition Research.