Going Vegetarian…

Interested in what a vegetarian diet is all about, but not sure where to start?  This is a great handout on starting a vegetarian diet (click here for the Vegetarian Starter Kit). It is an enjoyable read and gives some ideas for taking the first steps to a vegetarian lifestyle.  If making the switch isContinue reading “Going Vegetarian…”

A Few Brazil Nuts Per Day Help Cholesterol Levels

Abstracted by Jessica Patella, ND  from “Brazil nuts intake improves lipid profile, oxidative stress and microvascular function in obese adolescents: a randomized controlled trial.” from the May 2011 publication ofNutrition & Metabolism. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last 30 years (1).  In adolescents, aged 12-19 years, the obesity rate increased from 5%Continue reading “A Few Brazil Nuts Per Day Help Cholesterol Levels”

Are You Taking Enough Omega-3 for Heart Health

bstracted by Jessica Patella, ND,  from “Impact of low vs. moderate intakes of long-chain n-3 fatty acids on risk of coronary heart disease” from a 2011 publication of The British Journal of Nutrition. Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and worldwide (1).  Coronary heart disease accounts for approximatelyContinue reading “Are You Taking Enough Omega-3 for Heart Health”

Antioxidants for Oxidative Stress in Overweight & Obese Adults

By Jessica Patella, ND abstracted from “Effects of Astaxanthin on Oxidative Stress in Overweight and Obese Adults.” by Choi HD, et al. in Phytotherapy Research. Antioxidant has become the new buzz word, and rightfully so, due to all the positive research. Oxidative stress occurs in the body when there are too many free radicals (ROS),Continue reading “Antioxidants for Oxidative Stress in Overweight & Obese Adults”

Omega-3 Oils Reduce Obesity Related Disease Risk

Abstracted by Jessica Patella, ND abstracted from “Associations of obesity with triglycerides and C-reactive protein are attenuated in adults with high red blood cell eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acids,” in the 2011 issue of European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Omega-3 oils, specifically eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are associated with lower cardiovascular diseaseContinue reading “Omega-3 Oils Reduce Obesity Related Disease Risk”

Could Potassium Lower the Risk of Stroke?

Abstracted by Jessica Patella, ND  from “Potassium Intake, Stroke, and Cardiovascular Disease A Meta-Analysis of Prospective Studies,” in the 2011 issue of Journal of American College of Cardiology. It is estimated that cardiovascular disease costs the United States $433.51 billion, in direct and indirect costs each year (1).  Such large costs not only burden theContinue reading “Could Potassium Lower the Risk of Stroke?”

Soy Shows Benefits for High Blood Pressure

Abstracted by Jessica Patella, ND  from “Effects soy isoflavones on blood pressure: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials” In the 2010 issue of Nutrition, Metabolism  Cardiovascular Disease. Approximately one billion people worldwide and 74.5 million Americans are affected by high blood pressure (1, 2).   High blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseaseContinue reading “Soy Shows Benefits for High Blood Pressure”

Sesame – The New Healthy Protein?

Abstracted by Jessica Patella, ND, from “Antihyperlipidemic Effect of Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) Protein Isolate in Rats Fed a Normal and High Cholesterol Diet”, in the 2010 issue of Journal of Food Science. Sesame seeds are most commonly grown to make oil, but a new use for the seeds is on the horizon.  Sesame seedContinue reading “Sesame – The New Healthy Protein?”

Whey Protein and Hypertension in Young Adults

Abstracted by Jessica Patella, ND abstracted from “Whey beverages decrease blood pressure in prehypertensive and hypertensive young men and women”,  from the International Diary Journal 20 (2010) 753-760. Approximately 74.5 million Americans over the age of 20 have high blood pressure (3).  Many people search out dietary options to control hypertension or prehypertension before pharmaceutical treatmentContinue reading “Whey Protein and Hypertension in Young Adults”

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D3?

Abstracted by Jessica Patella, ND, from “A 16-Week Randomized Clinical Trial of 2000 International Units Daily Vitamin D3 Supplementation in Black Youth: 15-Hydroxyvitamin D, Adiposity, and Arterial Stiffness.” in the July 21, 2010 publication of the Journal of Clinical Endocrine Metabolism. In 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that intakes for children and adolescentContinue reading “Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D3?”