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Your Questions Answered

When I launched this blog about healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, and other cardiovascular problems, I didn't know what to expect--but I'm thrilled that you've found it. Several questions have been posted lately, and I'd like to respond to a few of them. My recent post on far infrared sauna…

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The Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Blood Pressure

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a component of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil and algae, can literally get inside cardiac cells and calm the heart or decrease arrhythmia potential. This is probably why DHA, if taken regularly, helps prevent sudden cardiac death. The benefits of DHA also…

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New Research: Saturated Fats CAN Be Part of Heart-Healthy Diet

New research released yesterday confirms what I’ve been saying for years—that saturated fats are not the villain. One radio station put it best when they said that a new study shows that saturated fats like butter shouldn’t be replaced with unsaturated fats like margarine in the name of…

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Is a Low-Fat Vegetarian Diet Healthy for Your Heart?

Recently, a reader wrote to ask, “If fat and cholesterol do not cause heart disease, why was Dr. Esselstyn able to cure heart disease with a low-fat, healthy vegetarian diet?” That’s an excellent question. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn is a great American, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading his New…

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Eating Healthy Foods: Test Your Food IQ

As I’ve long said, sugar--not cholesterol--is the real villain when it comes to heart disease. Naturally, that begs the question about foods you can eat and which foods you should avoid. Test your “food IQ” and get the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions I receive on eating…

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Foods High in Saturated Fat aren’t the Enemy

We’ve long been told that foods high in saturated fat are bad. But the fact is saturated fats are the good guys. They help to raise beneficial HDL cholesterol, improving your triglyceride/HDL ratio—a key marker of cardiovascular health. Foods high in saturated fat also help to change your LDL…

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Fish: The Wonder Food

I have followed the research on fish as a cardio-protective and anti-aging agent for 30 years. And it is a cornerstone of my eating plan for optimal health. What makes fish so important to any healthy heart nutrition plan is the fact that it is an abundant source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.…

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