Those who own pets, especially dogs, may enjoy better heart health, says a new report from the American Heart Association. Researchers reviewed data collected as part of multiple studies on heart health in adults. One of the studies examined the over health of 5,200 and found that they those who had dogs were significantly more active.
Fish oil supplements do not prevent heart problems in people who hadn't had a heart attack yet, a large long-term study from Italy shows. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, tested the effect of omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in oily fish such as tuna or sardines. Patients in the study had risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol.
Eggs interact with stomach bacteria to produce a chemical compound which scientists believe may be integral in increasing heart disease. A study on the phenomenon was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. When lecithin, a chemical abundant in egg yolks, is digested by the body, it is broken up into its component parts.
Beetroot juice might be the ticket to lower blood pressure, a glass a day lowering BP by seven percent, says a study published in the journal Hypertension. The healthy beverage is rich in compounds called nitrates, effective in reducing blood pressure says lead author Amrita Ahluwalia: "It is well known that eating fruits and vegetables is good for cardiovascular health . . ."
A chemical called caritine may be a key contributor to elevated cholesterol levels for those who consume large amounts of red meat, according to a new study from researchers at the Cleveland Clinics. According to lead researcher Dr. Stanley Hazen, bacteria in the stomach breaks down this chemical, turning it into gas is then turned into a chemical called TMAO in the liver.