Heart Health

First time finding: Allergy to red meat may be a factor in heart disease

18 Jun 2018 --- A team of researchers says it has linked sensitivity to an allergen in red meat to the buildup of plaque in the arteries of the heart. While high saturated fat levels in red meat have long been known to contribute to heart disease for people in general, the new finding suggests that a subgroup of the population may be at heightened risk for a different reason – a food allergen. The study, which is supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health and appears in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.

Mediterranean diet boosts heart health – even with lean red meat, study suggests

14 Jun 2018 --- Adopting a Mediterranean-style eating pattern improves heart health, with or without reducing red meat intake, if the red meat consumed is lean and unprocessed, according to a Purdue University nutrition study. The study does not, however, encourage the consumption of red meat in people who otherwise do not eat red meat.

Superfruit: Two cups of mango a day for a healthy heart, study finds

13 Jun 2018 --- Mango consumption among healthy postmenopausal women has a positive vascular effect, a University of California study has found. The study also detected favorable changes in the production of breath methane, indicating the mango’s positive influence on gut fermentation. The research adds to previous research that reported that eating mangos is more effective in improving gut health than eating a comparable amount of dietary psyllium fiber supplement.

The right nutrition for the golden years: Space for personalization

11 Jun 2018 --- Medical interventions and overall improved standards of living are causing us to live longer than previous generations. However, since the aging process is accompanied by a host of physiological changes, extra attention needs to be given to the appropriate nutrition and lifestyle standards. NutritionInsight speaks with a number of key suppliers about the unique needs of aging consumers.

Plant-based diets reduce risk of heart disease by 40 percent

01 Jun 2018 --- Vegetarian, especially vegan, diets are linked to better cardiovascular health, according to a new review published in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases. Around the globe, cardiovascular disease is responsible for 46 percent of non-communicable disease deaths, or 17.5 million deaths a year, making it the leading cause of death. But according to the researchers, this study proves it doesn't have to be.

“Healthy obesity” still detrimental to cardiovascular health, Lancet study finds

31 May 2018 --- Compared to metabolically healthy women of normal weight, women who are obese and who have been metabolically healthy for decades are still at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. This is according to an observational study that followed over 90,000 US women for up to 30 years, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal. The findings indicate that obesity is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, regardless of whether they develop any of the common metabolic diseases such as high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes.

High levels of protein could increase risk of heart failure in men, study finds

31 May 2018 --- Eating higher amounts of protein was associated with a slightly elevated risk for heart failure in middle-aged men when compared to those who ate less protein, a study has found. The study, published in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association (AHA) journal, adds to the little-researched area of how protein may impact heart failure risk. Researchers also suggest that the type of protein source may be significant, with processed meat being a less healthy protein source than fish, nuts or plant sources.

Calories from sugar-sweetened drinks deemed most harmful, review finds

16 May 2018 --- A group of scientists have agreed that sugar-sweetened beverages play a unique role in chronic health problems, elevating their calorie status to more harmful than calories from other foods and drinks. The conclusions come from a position paper, published in Obesity Review, compiled by a group of researchers. Also highlighted in the paper was the overall difficulty in conducting and interpreting nutritional research. 

Despite conflicting advice, eggs not linked to cardiovascular risk, study finds 

07 May 2018 --- University of Sydney researchers are aiming to clear up conflicting dietary advice around egg consumption, as a new study finds that eating up to 12 eggs per week for a year does not increase cardiovascular risk factors in people with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Their study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Salt reduction key to lowering blood pressure and CVD, study shows

01 May 2018 --- There is strong evidence supporting salt reduction as a key public health strategy to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), reiterates a new review by Action on Salt (based at the Wolfson Institute, Barts & The London, Queen Mary University of London) published in Nature Reviews Cardiology. The review challenges some previously published studies, labeled by the lobby group as “of poor scientific quality,” which have generated controversy and cast doubt on the importance of reducing salt intake on public health.

“Fat Belly” threat: Even those with a healthy weight at risk of heart problems, study finds

23 Apr 2018 --- Even for those with a healthy body mass index (BMI), a “fat belly” creates a two-fold higher long-term risk of heart problems. “Fat belly,” or central obesity, is a store of excess fat around the middle of the body, and this marker of abnormal fat distribution can induce heart problems, findings from the Mayo Clinic revealed. The study is the first of its kind to link normal weight and central obesity to non-fatal cardiovascular events, emphasizing the call to include central obesity measurements in cardiovascular health check-ups. The findings were presented at the EuroPrevent 2018, a European Society of Cardiology congress.

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.

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