Heart Health

Heart health is on everyone’s mind these days, and we’re all concerned about getting the right tips for heart health that will make it simple to make the right decisions about diet and lifestyle. Natural heart health may mean adding the right cholesterol-lowering herbs and supplements into your health regimen, or cutting back on foods that can put you at risk for heart disease. Our experts—along with our annual Healthy Heart Events—can make your plan for natural heart health simple. Turn to Project Wellness for continual updates on heart health tips that can make our hearts healthier for the long term.

Cook Up a Valentine’s Day Dinner with Heart

Cook Up a Valentine’s Day Dinner with Heart

You—and your heart—will enjoy a healthier twist on these romantic dishes. Silky Chocolate Fondue Nothing says, “I love you” like double chocolate fondue, especially when it’s made with dark chocolate, known to contain beneficial antioxidants. Dip and swirl your way to your loved one’s heart with fresh berries, bananas and sweet fat-free angel food...

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Omega-3s and your health

Recent Omega-3 research: Omega-3s may protect against traumatic brain injury January 2011, Neurosurgery Omega-3s may reduce gum disease October 2010, American Journal of Dietetic Association Krill oil may reduce arthritis symptoms September 2010, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders Omega-3s’ anti-inflammatory mechanism revealed September 2010, Cell Every day, researchers are finding more links between low levels of...

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Meditation good for heart health

Meditation good for heart health

In doing some research for a new article on the link between stress and heart health, we found this great study on the effects of meditation on the body. The study, done in Thailand in 1991, is an oldie but a goodie: it included 20-something men who either practiced Dhammakaya Buddhist meditation or didn’t....

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The Oral Health-Heart Health Connection

The Oral Health-Heart Health Connection

During Healthy Heart month we’ve been talking a lot about cardiovascular health and the best way to reduce your risks. But there’s another unusual heart-health issue that might not be on the top of your mind—your oral health. A 2004 study in the journal Circulation found that adults who have significant levels of bacteria...

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5 Fast Facts About Red Yeast Rice

5 Fast Facts About Red Yeast Rice

1. When the yeast Monascus purpureus is cultured on rice, a series of compounds are created that slow the production of cholesterol in the liver. One of these compounds is the active ingredient used in the popular cholesterol medications called statins. 2. The use of red yeast rice in China was first documented in...

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Lower Stress, Healthier Heart

Lower Stress, Healthier Heart

By now you’ve heard it all—boost your heart health with omega-3s and CoQ10, keep your cholesterol low, watch your blood pressure. Even if you’re vigilant about taking the right supplements and watching what you eat, there’s another major factor in your heart health: stress. “When we’re under stress our heart rate increases, our blood...

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Statins 101

February 18, 2010
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Statins 101

Cholesterol is a wax-like, fatty substance needed by the body for the production of bile acids, provitamin D3, male and female sex hormones, adrenal hormones and membranes that surround cells. It’s also essential for brain and nerve functions. But not all cholesterol is good. The body’s total cholesterol is made up of both HDL...

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Healthy Heart Supplements: Pharmaca’s Favorites

February 14, 2010
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Healthy Heart Supplements: Pharmaca’s Favorites

Properly caring for your heart can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease—the leading cause of death in the U.S. While the American Heart Association’s year end update shows an approximately 30% decline in mortality rates due to heart disease since 1999, the data does not look as rosy when it comes to controlling...

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