Smile Your Way to a Healthy Heart

Having a healthy heart could be as simple as taking the time to relax and enjoy yourself, according to researchers at Columbia University, New York. While previous studies have looked at the negative emotions of stress, anxiety and anger, and the way they increase the risk of heart disease, this new research published in the…

How To End High Cholesterol Naturally

  Cholesterol is a frequent topic in health discussions, and some of these discussions make it seem that if we remove all traces of cholesterol, we would be better off.  Apparently, there is some misunderstanding.  So what is cholesterol and how can we get it right? Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found in lipids (fats) in the bloodstream…

Crack Cholesterol with a Bag of Nuts

A small bag of nuts a day could dramatically lower cholesterol levels, according to a study by the Archives of Internal Medicine. Various types of nuts seem to produce the same effect, although experts warn against salted or sugar coated nuts, which can have negative consequences for health. What does the study show? A series of…

Are You Eating Too Much Salt?

The average American consumes about 6 to 18 grams of salt daily. That’s approximately one to three teaspoonsfuls.   Americans are eating at least two to three times the recommended daily amount of sodium and most don’t realize it. This is because salt doesn’t just come from the kitchen salt shaker. About 80 percent of salt intake…

Lower Cholesterol Naturally

Statins are hailed as a wonder drug in the fight against heart disease, with some doctors going as far as recommending that they be prescribed to everyone over the age of 50. But what about the 1 in 5 users that suffer potentially devastating side effects? Reducing cholesterol naturally lowers your risk of developing heart disease…

How to Recognize a Heart Attack

With all of the stress in our busy lives and constant demands on our time, it’s no wonder that heart attacks cause about one in every five deaths in the United States, according to the American Heart Association.  Here are the symptoms of a heart attack as well as steps to take now to prevent a heart attack. Not…

Can Vitamin C Be as Effective as Statin Drugs?

Supplementing with just one gram of ascorbate (Vitamin C) reduces the level of C-reactive protein (CRP), a biomarker of inflammation that has been shown to be a powerful predictor of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as much or more than statin drugs.  This was shown in a placebo-controlled trial by Berkeley professor emeritus of epidemiology and public health nutrition, Gladys…