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Anti-Aging Benefit of Beetroot Before Exercise

Posted on April 20, 2017, 6 a.m. in Brain and Mental Performance | Exercise | Functional Foods |
New study reveals that drinking beetroot juice prior to working out enables the aging brain to perform more efficiently and appear younger. ...nitric oxide after consumption. Nitric oxide stimulates blood flow through the body. Several studies have shown nitric oxide boosts exercise performance in individuals across numerous age groups. It i...    more »

The Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Posted on March 21, 2017, 6 a.m. in Functional Foods | Cardio-Vascular | Diabetes |
Studies have shown that dark chocolate has numerous science-backed health benefits. ...nitric oxide in the inner linings of the blood cells. Nitric oxide is essential for relaxing blood vessels and improving blood flow; thus, reducing blood pressure. In the short term, studies have show...    more »

Dark Chocolate for Athletic Performance Boost

Posted on Nov. 25, 2016, 6 a.m. in Sports Medicine | Cardio-Vascular | Functional Foods |
Study shows daily consumption of chocolate may give athletes an extra edge in their fitness training. ...nitric oxide in the body. This dilates blood vessels and reduces oxygen consumption -  allowing athletes to go further for longer," Rishikesh Patel clarified. Patel's team decided to determine i...    more »

Cocoa for Cardiovascular Health

Posted on Sept. 21, 2016, 6 a.m. in Cardio-Vascular | Functional Foods |
Cocoa flavanols help to lower blood pressure and increase blood vessel function, among healthy adults. ...nitric oxide).  The team observed that vasodilation was significantly improved in both age groups that consumed flavanols over the course of the study (by 33% in the younger age group and 32% in ...    more »

Lower Blood Pressure with Blueberries

Posted on July 6, 2016, 6 a.m. in Women's Health | Blood Pressure | Functional Foods |
Enjoying 1 cup of blueberries each day ameliorates arterial stiffness, among postmenopausal women with hypertension. ...nitric oxide – involved in endothelial vasodilation – was significantly increased in the blueberry group, rising from 9.11 to 15.35 microMoles, with no change in the control group.  T...    more »

Omega-3s Enhance Athletic Performance

Posted on July 4, 2016, 6 a.m. in Sports Medicine | Dietary Supplementation | Fatty Acids, Lipids & Oils |
Supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may improve nerve muscular function, reduce fatigue, and boost blood flow, among athletes. ...nitric oxide concentration was boosted by 8 micromoles/L greater than placebo; and flow mediated dilation – a measure of blood flow vascular health – was raised by 5.25%. These study autho...    more »

Pycnogenol and Selenium interview with Dr Passwater

Posted on Nov. 25, 2015, 6 a.m. in Industry News | Dietary Supplementation |
Marlene Prendeville’s interview at the A4M Expo following her meeting with Dr Richard Passwater Ph.D. Director, Selenium Nutritional Research Center ...nitric oxide in the artery walls. This keeps the arteries open and flexible, better able to prevent deposits and normalize blood pressure. Pycnogenol helps prevent damage to blood vessels caused by f...    more »

Molecular Switch May Underlie Diseases of Aging

Posted on Dec. 30, 2014, 6 a.m. in Mechanisms of Aging | Inflammation |
Scientists have identified a single molecular switch controlling inflammatory processes that may underlie aging-related diseases. ...nitric oxide in diabetes, neurodegeneration, atherosclerosis and other aging-related disorders known to involve chronic inflammation. But exactly how nitric oxide exerts those effects - including acti...    more »

Two Foods that Assist Cardiovascular Health

Posted on June 3, 2014, 6 a.m. in Cardio-Vascular | Functional Foods |
...nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide (NO) is an important molecule for cardiovascular and cognitive health, as it exerts effects on blood flow and blood vessel function. Catherine Bondonno, from the University of Western Aus...    more »

Big Health Benefits of A Little Sun

Posted on Feb. 3, 2014, 6 a.m. in Blood Pressure | Lifestyle |
Exposing skin to sunlight may help to reduce blood pressure and thus may reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. ...nitric oxide (NO) in the skin and blood, reducing blood pressure.  The researchers exposed the skin of 24 healthy individuals to ultraviolet (UVA) light from tanning lamps for two sessions of 20 ...    more »

Cellular Mechanisms of Curry Spice Health Benefits

Posted on July 5, 2013, 6 a.m. in Cardio-Vascular | Brain and Mental Performance | Functional Foods |
Cognition and arterial aging both may benefit from daily supplements of curcumin. ...nitric oxide-mediated vascular endothelial dysfunction, and oxidative stress. The study authors conclude that:  "Curcumin may be a novel therapy for treating arterial aging in humans.”    more »

“Beet” Blood Pressure

Posted on May 8, 2013, 6 a.m. in Blood Pressure | Functional Foods |
A cup of beetroot juice a day may help reduce blood pressure by as much as 10 mm Hg. ...nitric oxide widens blood vessels and aids blood flow.  Beetroot is rich in nitrates, which the body converts to nitrite and then to nitric oxide.  Amrita Ahluwalia, from The London Medical ...    more »

Fruits & Veggies Help to Prevent Heart Failure

Posted on May 7, 2013, 6 a.m. in Women's Health | Cardio-Vascular | Diet |
A diet rich in antioxidants may reduce a woman’s risk of heart failure by 42%. ...nitric oxide  pool – which helps to reduce blood pressure.  Susanne Rautiainen, from Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts, USA), and colleagues analyzed data collected from 33,713 wom...    more »

Curry Compound Improves Cardiovascular Markers

Posted on Nov. 1, 2012, 6 a.m. in Inflammation | Cardio-Vascular | Functional Foods |
Daily supplements of curcumin, the pigment that gives the curry spice turmeric its yellow color, help to lower cholesterol levels and markers of inflammation. ...nitric oxide.  The study authors conclude that: Collectively, these results demonstrate that a low dose of a curcumin-lipid preparation can produce a variety of potentially health promoting effec...    more »

High-Salt Meals Impacts Cardiovascular Measures in 30 Minutes

Posted on Oct. 31, 2012, 6 a.m. in Cardio-Vascular | Diet |
Australian team explores mechanism underlying why a salt laden meal raises flow mediated dilation in as little as half an hour. ...nitric oxide pathway.     more »

Popcorn Flavoring a Potential Health Hazard

Posted on Sept. 17, 2012, 6 a.m. in Respiratory | Brain and Mental Performance |
The chemical used to impart the flavor and aroma of butter in microwave popcorn poses a respiratory and brain health hazard, in a lab animal model. ...nitric oxide synthase-2, as well as decreased expression of vascular endothelial growth factor A in the olfactory bulb, striatum, hippocampus, and cerebellum.  The study authors warn that: &ldquo...    more »

Compound in Oranges May Reduce Stroke Risk

Posted on March 15, 2012, 6 a.m. in Women's Health | Functional Foods | Stroke |
Flavanone, an antioxidant compound found abundantly in citrus fruits, may reduce stroke risk among women. ...nitric oxide pathway, the study authors conclude that: "Citrus fruit consumption may be associated with a reduction in stroke risk, and experimental data support these epidemiological associations tha...    more »

Discovery May Enable Reversal of Smoke-Induced Lung Damage

Posted on Oct. 31, 2011, 6 a.m. in Respiratory |
A study of mice exposed to tobacco smoke has offered scientists a new insight into the pathology of emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), and offers hope of a new treatment to r... ...nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), an enzyme that catalyzes the formation of nitric oxide. Mice lacking the iNOS enzyme were protected from both emphysema and pulmonary hypertension. Importantly, drugs tha...    more »

Lingonberry Juice Helps to Improve Blood Pressure

Posted on June 22, 2011, 6 a.m. in Blood Pressure | Cardio-Vascular | Functional Foods |
Lingonberry juice normalizes the functioning of blood vessels, in an animal model of hypertension. ...nitric oxide] and [endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor], the team concludes that:  “Long-term lingonberry juice treatment improves endothelium-dependent vasodilatation.”    more »

Blueberries Help to Lower Blood Pressure

Posted on Dec. 3, 2010, 6 a.m. in Blood Pressure | Functional Foods |
Wild blueberries reduce blood vessel constriction, in a lab animal model of high blood pressure (hypertension). ...nitric oxide pathway, whereby nitric oxide acts as a potent vasodilator, to promote the relaxation of blood vessels, thereby easing blood pressure. The team concludes that: “The findings documen...    more »

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