Black Tea Reduces Stroke and Heart Disease Risk by Up To 50 Percent

Green tea is often lauded for the many amazing health benefits that it touts. However, black tea drinkers should rejoice after a a team of Australian scientists found that its daily consumption could help to reduce the risk of heart disease in the general population by reducing blood pressure.

While green tea usually loses its flavor within a year, black tea retains its stronger flavour for several years. Black tea undergoes full oxidation and fermentation. (more…)

Worrying Wears Out Cells And Your DNA Pays The Price

If you get stressed out just thinking about what a bad day you’re about to have, your cells are aging faster. A study of about four dozen women shows that anticipating stress shortens telomeres, DNA-protectors that help fight chronic disease. The result: aged cells more vulnerable to cancer, stroke and heart disease. (more…)

Antioxidant-Rich Foods Ward Off Stroke

Antioxidant-Rich Foods Ward Off Stroke

An imbalance between the production of cell-damaging free radicals and the body’s ability to neutralize them, oxidative stress leads to inflammation, blood vessel damage and stiffening. Previously, a number of studies have demonstrated that antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, carotenoids and flavonoids can inhibit oxidative stress and inflammation by scavenging the free radicals.  (more…)

Journal commentary suggests flawed studies intentionally obscured benefits of vitamin therapy in preventing strokes

Prior to the release of several studies that claim the therapy is ineffective, taking high doses of B vitamins was considered an effective regimen for lowering homocysteine levels, and thus helping to prevent strokes and cardiovascular disease. But a new commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that these negative studies are flawed, and that B vitamin therapy is still an effective heart protection therapy. (more…)

Chocolate consumption lowers stroke risk and heart disease incidence by a third

Everybody likes chocolate, a fact supported by the annual increase in consumption documented by chocolate manufacturers around the globe. This may be good news for many chocolate consumers, but caution is advised to carefully monitor the quantity consumed and the cocoa content of the product purchased. We now have documented evidence to explain how dark chocolate consumption lowers stroke risk in women and slashes heart disease risk in adults. Researchers publishing the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found high chocolate consumption correlates with a lower risk of stroke in women. Further proof of vascular benefits is documented in the British Medical Journal as scientists explain that chocolate consumption lowers heart disease risk by more than a third. (more…)