Phytostanol Margarine for Lowering Cholesterol?

Elevated serum cholesterol and, in particular, LDL Cholesterol (LDL-C) are important risk factors for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Does phytostanol and phytosterol-enriched margarine help lower cholesterol levels in user and non-users of statine medication?

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Supplementation with Lees of Brown Rice Reduces Waist Circumference?

The Lees of brown rice are by-products of its fermentation in the process of making rice wine.  Brown rice itself is an unrefined whole grain which is a rich source of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other constituents.  Previous research suggests that intake of whole grains is associated with a lower risk of both diabetes…

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Probiotics Improve Bowel Function in Elderly

Elderly patients who are hospitalized for various reasons are often prone to developing bowel problems.  Most commonly, they have problems with constipation, but diarrhea is another common complaint.  We all know that bowel problems are almost the furthest thing from glamorous in our society, but they still have a huge impact on our day-to-day well-being.…

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Creatine Supplementation Improves Memory in Vegetarians

Creatine monohydrate, a commonly used dietary supplement by athletes to improve athletic performance, has been the subject of several research studies. In addition to the studies involving creatine’s effects on athletic performance, researchers have also studies its effects on the brain itself–specifically involving effects on memory...

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Do Coffee Mannans Reduce Body Fat?

Raise your hand if you’re not thinking about shedding a few pounds. Okay, so now you’re sitting in your office or at home reading my blog, with your hand raised in the air. If you’re lucky, maybe you’re alone in your room or at least no one’s looking at you. You might even look a…

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Study: Blueberries Decrease Cardiovascular Risk Factors

For those who have a family history of heart disease or who struggle with weight issues, you may be interested to know that eating blueberries themselves can have potentially beneficial effects on your cardiovascular health. Previous research studies suggest that consuming blueberries may exert protective effects on your brain and cognitive functioning.  Polyphenolic compounds which…

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How to Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in the United States according to the Center for disease control and prevention. Common risk factors for cardiovascular disease include: hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, family history, cigarette smoking, alcohol intake, metabolic syndrome, and physical inactivity. From that list, there are plenty of…

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