Tag: vascular health

Berries on the Brain

Americans are eating more berries, and that’s a good idea. Besides being packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber, berries are rich in flavonoids like anthocyanins and flavanols. “Berries are colorful because of bioactive compounds like these,” says Navindra P. Seeram, PhD, an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical and

6. Smart Selections in the Dairy Aisle

Dairy Pros and Cons
Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults includes examples of dairy products such as low-fat milk and yogurt, because these are excellent sources of nutrients you may not be getting enough of as you age. These nutrients include calcium and (in fortified dairy products) vitamin D for healthy bones,

1. Building the Active Body

Aging Strong and Gracefully
If you’re concerned about how old you look or how old you feel, you might be tempted to search for the fountain of youth in anti-aging supplements, face creams, or spa treatments. In truth, two of the most effective—and inexpensive—things you can do to hold on to

Consuming More Potassium Linked to Lower Stroke Risk in Women

A new analysis of data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) shows that postmenopausal women who consume the most potassium in their diets are at lower risk of suffering a stroke. The association was strongest in women without hypertension. Although the WHI is an observational study, which can’t prove cause

New Evidence of Brain Benefits from Following a Mediterranean-Style Diet

A newly published followup to findings from a study of the so-called Mediterranean diet adds to the evidence that such an eating pattern, especially when it includes nuts and olive oil, may help protect the aging brain. Results from a subgroup of the Spanish PREDIMED study showed that those assigned

Cocoa flavanols may improve vascular function in kidney patients

Cocoa flavanols, micronutrients found in cocoa, are associated with improved vascular health in patients with end-stage renal disease, according to a study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. While it’s not clear how cocoa flavanols help improve blood vessel function, researchers are confident that the

Swim Your Way Towards a Healthier Life

You may have swum only for fun in the past, but this summertime sport offers many year-round benefits for older adults.

First off, swimming is a low-impact activity, which means it places less stress on the joints compared to endeavors like running and tennis. “The body feels like it weighs less

Eating to Lower Your Stroke Risk

Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., but about half of all strokes could be prevented with a healthier lifestyle and improved management of stroke risk factors, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol, says Louise Klebanoff, MD, assistant professor of neurology at Weill Cornell­Medical

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