Cardiovascular Health

Not-So-Obvious Cardiometabolic Risk Factors Worth Considering

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 12, No. 3. Fall, 2012

Elevated cholesterol and high blood glucose are the obvious features of diabetes and heart disease but they're hardly the whole picture. Other, less obvious factors including environmental toxins like BPA and lead, gastrointestinal disorders, and frequent use of artificial sweeteners are also important drivers of disease. According to Dr. Mark Hyman, author of the popular book, The Blood Sugar Solution, these oft-overlooked factors warrant closer attention.

Magnesium Significantly Reduces Blood Pressure

By Erik Goldman

Magnesium supplementation, particularly at doses over 370 mg per day, can significantly reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in hypertensive and pre-hypertensive people, according to a new metanalysis of 22 trials.

 

An Integrative Team Care Strategy for Children with Congenital Heart Conditions

By Bianca Garilli, ND - Vol. 12, No. 2. Summer, 2011

Holistically-minded practitioners, can play a vital role in helping families of children with congenital heart conditions & other difficult, life-long disorders. Bianca Garilli, ND, a California naturopathic doctor and mother of a child with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, shares her family's story & her hard-won tips on integrative team-building.

Cordless Phone EMFs Trigger Heart Rhythm Abnormalities

By Erik Goldman / Editor in Chief - Vol. 11, No. 4. Winter, 2010
Much of the controversy about cell phone radiation and health has centered around the potential risk of brain tumors. But researchers recently discovered that in roughly 40% of people, the EMF field from a cordless phone system consistently produces measurable and sometimes severe heart rate disturbances.

Green Tea and Rooibos Tea Inhibit ACE Activity

By Shari Henson | American Botanical Council - Vol. 11, No. 2. Summer, 2010

Data from a well-designed Swedish study indicate that green tea and Roiboos tea—but not black tea—can significantly inhibit Angiotensin Converting Enzyme, and potentially lower blood pressure. An HerbClip from the American Botanical Council.

Physicans’ Health Study: Healthy Lifestyle Obviates Risk of Heart Failure

By Staff Writer - Vol. 11, No. 2. Summer, 2010

Statistically, the prevalence of heart failure increases with age, but a new prospective study is validating what holistic physicians have known for years: that a healthy lifestyle can markedly reduce the risk.

Vitamin E Tocotrienols Prevent Post-Stroke Neuronal Death

By Howard Simon | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. Spring, 2010

A new study

shows that tocotrienols, an important component of naturally occurring Vitamin E, can prevent neural damage following ischemic stroke, potentially improving post-stroke outcomes.

Beyond NTDs, Folic Acid May Also Prevent Congenital Heart Problems

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 4. Winter, 2009

Folic acid supplementation before and during pregnancy is widely recommended for preventing neural tube defects. New data indicate that it can also reduce the risk of cleft lip and congenital heart defects. At the other end of the age spectrum, folic acid in combination with vitamins B6 and B12 can reduce a woman’s risk of age-related macular degeneration.

Ubiquinol, the “Other CoQ10” May Help When Standard Forms Don’t

By Dallas Clouatre, PhD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 4. Winter, 2009

Clinical research on CoQ10 continues to point toward new uses including blood pressure reduction, glycemic control and potentially reducing risk of neurodegenration. CoQ10 in its reduced form, known as ubiquinol, often improves outcomes in conditions like as severe heart failure, when the more common ubiquinone form, has proven ineffective.