Heart Health

MenaQ7 Full Spectrum K2 closest ingredient to dietary cheese intake, study finds

20 Apr 2018 --- Based on a global state of vitamin K2 deficiency and the strong evidence showing it is a cardio-protective nutrient, researchers recommend cheese as a component of a heart-healthy diet due to its vitamin K2 content. However, for those unable to consume enough cheese daily, NattoPharma has introduced its MenaQ7 Full Spectrum K2, which aims to deliver the range of menaquinones found in foods.

US FDA's voluntary sodium target implementation could save US$40bn, study shows

11 Apr 2018 --- A study has revealed the potential health and economic benefits that could be reaped if the voluntary sodium reduction goals from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would be implemented. The study, published in PLOS Medicine, found that more than US$40 billion could be saved over 20 years if the goals were indeed put into practice. The goals, released in 2016, set limits on how much salt should be in certain foods from food companies and restaurants.

Cold pressed collaboration: Taiyo succeeds in chia oil shelf-life extension

11 Apr 2018 --- Taiyo, an expert manufacturer of functional ingredients, offers Xia Oil, a premium chia oil, that remains stable for up to two years. Using a novel process, XIA PURE Ox Blocker technology, the taste and smell of the oil stay fresh and its nutraceutical properties remain intact. 

Omega 3 microalgae oil: Polaris launches “next-generation” solution

09 Apr 2018 --- Polaris, French marine lipid expert, has announced its new omega 3 product: Omegavie DHA 650 Qualitysilver5 (highly concentrated & highly performing omega 3 Algal oil).

Protein from nuts and seeds beats meat in terms of heart health: study

05 Apr 2018 --- Meat protein is associated with an increased risk of heart disease while protein from nuts and seeds is beneficial for the human heart, according to a study conducted by researchers from Loma Linda University School of Public Health in California and AgroParisTech and the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in Paris, France.

Are sin taxes good for public health? Lancet analysis suggests benefits for soft drinks levy

05 Apr 2018 --- Taxes on soft drinks, alcohol and tobacco – widely dubbed “sin taxes” – are a powerful response to rising rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide, according to a comprehensive analysis of evidence on expenditure, behavior and socio-economic status, published in The Lancet. Based on data from across the globe, the analysis presents strong evidence that taxes on unhealthy products can produce major health gains among the poorest in society – often disproportionately affected by NCDs. 

Just one high-fat meal can set the perfect stage for heart disease, research shows

30 Mar 2018 --- Just one high-fat milkshake can change healthy red blood cells into small, spiky cells that help set the perfect stage for cardiovascular disease, scientists report. Just four hours after consuming a milkshake made with whole milk, heavy whipping cream and ice cream, healthy young men had blood vessels less able to relax and an immune response similar to one provoked by an infection, the team of Medical College of Georgia scientists report in the journal Laboratory Investigation.

Dietary supplement shows promise for warding off cardiovascular aging

30 Mar 2018 --- Restricting calories is known to fend off physiological signs of aging, with studies showing that chronically slashing intake by about a third can reap myriad health benefits and, in some cases, extend lifespan. However, from a public health perspective, that advice would be impractical for many and dangerous for some. A new University of Colorado Boulder study indicates that when people consume a natural dietary supplement called nicotinomide riboside (NR) daily, it mimics caloric restriction, or “CR,” boosting the same key chemical pathways responsible for its health benefits.

Research Digest: Summer BBQ under heat, novel performance blend for athletes

23 Mar 2018 --- NutritionInsight’s weekly roundup of research has identified two significant studies on heart health which pinpoint some popular accompaniments of a summer barbeque: soft drinks and barbequed meat. Firstly, it has been indicated that sugary drink ingestion may have implications on cardiovascular health and mortality in those over the age of 45, and cooking meat at high temperatures could have consequences on high blood pressure and other ailments. A new patent-pending product, Setria performance blend, has been released, with the aim of improving athletics nitric oxide bioavailability.

UK Vegan Society calls for vegan public service catering

22 Mar 2018 --- Today the Vegan Society celebrates NHS Sustainability Day by launching a new campaign calling on UK public services to provide “tasty, nutritious” vegan meals. They are also debuting a vegan menu for UK hospitals through a newly registered hospital caterer, Anglia Crown. The campaign, Catering for Everyone, aims to ensure the needs of vegans are met in public sector institutions, and that vegan menu options are increased.

Drinking alcohol makes your heart race, Oktoberfest data shows

20 Mar 2018 --- The more alcohol you drink, the higher your heart rate gets, according to research presented at EHRA 2018 Congress, organized by the European Society of Cardiology. Based on small studies and anecdotal evidence from the late 1970, binge drinking had previously been linked to atrial fibrillation, a phenomenon called “the holiday heart syndrome.” The new study in question included more than 3,000 people attending the 2015 Munich Oktoberfest.

Intermittent fasting diets could help reduce risk of cardiovascular disease

20 Mar 2018 --- The weight loss market is seeing persistent growth, pushing increased interest in dietary patterns such as intermittent energy restriction diets. Intermittent fasting diets, such as the 5:2 diet, have now been found to clear fat from the blood quicker after eating meals than daily calorie restriction diets – reducing an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease, a new study in the British Journal of Nutrition reports.

Red and processed meat linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

20 Mar 2018 --- The consumption of meat has increased globally during the last decades, and evidence is mounting that high consumption of red – and, in particular, processed meat – is related to chronic diseases such as cancer, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Now, a study published in the Journal of Hepatology has added non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) to the list. While meat contributes valuable nutrients that are beneficial to health, including protein, iron, zinc and vitamin B12, the current study indicates that meat should be eaten in moderation and the type of meat and its preparation method should be wisely chosen.

High omega 6 levels can protect against premature death, cardiovascular disease: study

19 Mar 2018 --- According to a new University of Eastern Finland study, omega 6 fatty acids can help prevent premature death acids and keep cardiovascular diseases at bay. The study lends support to findings from earlier population-based studies which have linked a higher dietary intake of linoleic acid and a higher blood linoleic acid level to a smaller risk of cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes, without increasing the risk of cancer. The observed association of arachidonic acid (a type of polyunsaturated omega 6 fatty acid) with a reduced risk of death is a new finding.

US government nutrition program lacks nutritional standards, putting recipients at risk: report

15 Mar 2018 --- More than 40 million Americans who rely on a government nutrition program face major health problem risks, a new report claims. It reports that the program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), lacks important nutritional standards. There is a growing concern over high rates of obesity and related chronic diseases in the US. States and the federal government – which together provide millions with Medicaid and Medicare – are in a unique position to make a difference, the American Heart  Association notes.

Platform for innovation: A hearty applause for omega fatty acids

14 Mar 2018 --- It has long been established that healthy fats are an important attribute of a healthy diet. Today, consumers are armed with a far more sophisticated knowledge of the range of goodies and baddies within the “fat” world. We have seen a rapid departure from the days when low-fat products reigned supreme, with consumers turning back to fat as a source of health. Healthy front-runners are the omega 3 fatty acids, with their prevalent claims of cardiovascular health benefits

Hearty results: MenaQ7 K2 study confirms vascular health benefits for men and women

01 Mar 2018 --- A new one-year clinical trial has just been completed showing that a daily nutritional dose of MenaQ7 vitamin K2 as MK-7 improved vascular health in both male and female healthy participants. This study adds support to the substantial body of evidence confirming Vitamin K2 is a cardiovascular-support nutrient. 

Cholesterol lowering: Staying low to ward off heart health troubles

28 Feb 2018 --- Cholesterol’s deadly relationship with heart disease is well known around the world today. Cardiovascular disease continues to be one of the world’s most urgent health problems – for example, heart failure affects about 6.5 million adults over age 20 in the US, according to the American Heart Association.

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. 

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