Although seeds may be small in size, they are big in nutrition. Many varieties of seeds contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid. Research has shown that ALA can help protect blood vessels from inflammatory damage and lower the risk of atherosclerosis (narrowing and hardening of the
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You already know that keeping your cholesterol in check is important for heart health. High cholesterol is associated with clogged arteries and a greater chance of a heart attack. But you may be wondering: What exactly is a normal cholesterol level, and how do I get there? And you’re probably
What is a “mild heart attack”? You may have heard the expression and wondered exactly what it means. A bone can have a hairline fracture or a major break. A stroke can have relatively minor consequences or be severely debilitating. So can a heart attack be mild or major?
Many diseases that grow more common with age are associated with deterioration in brain health and cognitive decline, warns Deborah Blacker, MD, ScD, director of the Gerontology Research Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
“That’s why it’s important to get
Calcium’s role in overall health is not up for debate. It’s required for bone strength, muscle function and nerve transmission. Consuming enough may also help keep blood pressure numbers down. The question is, then, how should you get your fill of calcium? For many who are concerned they aren’t getting
What causes heart attacks is the stoppage of blood flow through a coronary artery. The heart muscle that normally keeps pumping blood out to the body and the lungs becomes starved for oxygen. Without a steady supply of oxygenated blood, heart muscle tissue becomes damaged. If blood flow remains blocked
If you’re worried about high blood pressure, a new systematic review of scientific evidence has good news: Changing your diet really can make a difference. Not surprisingly, the most effective diet for reducing hypertension was one designed specifically for that purpose—the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) plan. But other
It may be a classic heart-attack symptom, but pressure or discomfort or tightness in your chest doesn’t always accompany a heart attack. For some people, particularly women, pain in other places may be their main symptoms. For others, chest discomfort comes and goes—the result of a condition called angina, which
The Need for Nutrient Density
Another concept emphasized in the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) is nutrient density. You need to consume nutrient-dense foods and beverages to get enough of the nutrients you need without consuming too many calories. Aim to get as much nutritional “bang” for your caloric “bucks”
Biologically speaking, everything that makes you what you are depends on a three-pound organ inside your skull that is kept alive by the beating of an organ in your chest that weighs only 8 to 10 ounces. Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day, pumping 2,000 gallons of blood