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TalkingNutrition

Providing perspectives on recent research into vitamins and nutritionals

Entries filed under 'Heart health'

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    Vitamin K insufficiency linked to cardiovascular disease and mortality

    Vitamin K’s link to heart health is less established than other key nutrients such as omega-3s and vitamins C, D and E. However, a new study has shown that vitamin K insufficiency is significantly higher in people with cardiovascular disease, and also strongly linked to increased risk of cardiovascular mortality. This highlights the need for better awareness of vitamin K cardioprotective benefits, as well as increased consumption via dietary supplements. 

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    Omega-3s and heart rate: keeping a finger on the pulse

    Elevated heart rate is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease. There is emerging evidence to suggest that the omega-3s, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), have a heart rate-slowing effect on individuals, particularly those with a risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), like coronary artery disease patients. A new meta-analysis was conducted by DSM and Soochow University in China to investigate the efficacy of EPA and DHA on heart rate reduction, when taken both together and alone.

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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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