An updated meta-analysis of 13 trials, results of which were recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, suggests that taking omega-3 fish oil supplements on a daily basis may cut the risk of heart attack or other heart events. Nevertheless, the supplement cannot protect from a stroke.
Within the frame of the study, the scientists analyzed data taking from 13 datasets that had a total pool of 127,477 participants whose average age was 64 years at baseline and 60% of them were male. The average BMI was 28. The participants have been taking supplements for 5 years, on average.
The first study author Yang Hu, Ph.D., of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, comments the results of the meta-analysis: “We found significant protective effects of daily omega-3 supplementation against most [cardiovascular disease] outcome risks, and the associations appeared to be in a dose-response manner.”
A new research from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, US, finds that those individuals that consume mostly vegetables and fruits have a significantly lower risk of developing heart failure.
For the research, a team of scientists analyzed the medical data from 15,569 participants in the study called Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke that included both white and black adults from the US aged from 45 and more.
First study author Dr. Kyla Lara says: “Eating a diet mostly of dark green leafy plants, fruits, beans, whole grains, and fish, while limiting processed meats, saturated fats, trans fats, refined carbohydrates, and foods high in added sugars is a heart-healthy lifestyle and may specifically help prevent heart failure if you don’t already have it.”
A new research from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley finds that avocado seed husk contains a combination of compounds that can help us kill viruses, heart issues, and even treat cancer.
A team of researchers has come to the conclusion of the study by grounding down about 300 dried avocado seed husks and received 21 ounces of powder. Among the compounds of interest in the seed husk oil were behenyl alcohol (used in antiviral medication), dodecanoin acid (boosts “good” cholesterol”, and heptacosane (may help kill tumors).
Study co-author Debasish Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., says: “It could very well be that avocado seed husks, which most people consider as the waste of wastes, are actually the gem of gems because the medical compounds within them could eventually be used to treat cancer, heart disease, and other conditions.”
A team of researchers from Australia has recently analyzed some common chemicals found in plastics and discovered a link between higher levels of these chemicals in urine and rise in heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension in men.
The researchers analyzed total phthalate exposure among 1,500 Australian men. They detected phthalates in 99.6% of men aged 35 and older. After that, levels of the chemicals in each person were then connected to the chronic diseases.
The lead researchers Zumin Shi, associate professor at the University of Adelaide’s Medical School, says: “We found that the prevalence of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure increased among those men with higher total phthalate level.”
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