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Providing perspectives on recent research into vitamins and nutritionals

Entries filed under 'Heart health'

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    A breath of fresh air: protecting against air pollution with nutritional solutions

    Earth Day 2017 brings a range of issues into consideration, from endangered animals and food waste to the quality of the very air we breathe. Air pollution can cause a wide range of cardiovascular health issues, from hardened arteries and irregular heartbeats to increased risk of heart attack and blood clots. Research has shown that an increased intake of micronutrients, including EPA and DHA and vitamin C, can help to counteract the negative impact of air pollution. 

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    Nutrition Research, March for Science, & Diversity

    Experimental Biology, EB17, is just around the corner. This multidisciplinary, scientific meeting attracts over 14,000 scientists and exhibitors with interest in anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, investigative pathology, nutrition, pharmacology and physiology. The meeting will be held concurrently with the March for Science on Earth Day (April 22), a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.

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    Recent scientific findings support new nutritional prevention strategies for type 2 diabetes

    The number of people suffering from diabetes is on the rise. Dietary means to lower postprandial glycemic responses are urgently needed for the prevention of type 2 Diabetes mellitus. Viscous dietary fibers, including high molecular weight (HMW) oat beta-glucan, are one of the most effective classes of functional food ingredients for reducing postprandial glucose and so a potential solution. The mechanism of action is understood to be via an increase in viscosity of the stomach contents that delays gastric emptying and reduces the mixing of food with digestive enzymes. This, in turn, inhibits glucose absorption. 

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    Setting the record straight for the crucial role of nutrition in the fight against cardiovascular disease

    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains one of the biggest threats to human health and is a significant concern for medical and scientific communities globally. Currently, CVDs such as coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke represent 31% of all global deaths, with an estimated 17.5 million people dying each year from the disease[1]. It is the leading cause of death among both men and women in the US[2], and it is estimated that one in five adults in China has CVD, with the country having one of the highest CVD death rates in the world[3].

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    Vitamin E intakes for healthy hearts

    Today’s consumer is increasingly knowledgeable about their health, which has led to a rising interest in the influence of the ingredients in their diet. A recent consumer survey revealed that protection against diseases later in life – particularly cardiovascular conditions – is the leading health concern for adults of working age.

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