Cardiovascular Disease

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Evidence suggests cocoa flavanols can prevent CVD mortality

By Nicola Gordon-Seymour

US researchers conducting a Cocoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS) observed a 27% reduction in deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) in older adults treated with the extract, although there was no improvement in the death rate for...

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Study signals need for vitamin k2 with statin use, says firm

By Nikki Hancocks

Norway-based vitamin K2 supplier NattoPharma has highlighted new evidence connecting statin use to increased cardiovascular risk which it says further proves the need for Vitamin K2 supplementation in these patients.

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Fermented soy helps lower cholesterol in RCT

By Nikki Hancocks

Consuming fermented soy daily can decrease total and LDL cholesterol levels, and may offer a dietary strategy to manage blood lipids, according to an industry funded study.

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'Vigorous' RCT debunks blood type diet

By Nikki Hancocks

A newly published intervention study has added weight to those debunking the celeb-lauded 'blood type diet', concluding that blood type is not associated with the effects of a plant-based diet on body weight, body fat, plasma lipid concentrations,...

Adequate levels of vitamin K2 have been shown to help restrict the formation of arterial plaques. ©Getty Images - Rasi Bhadramani

Danish population study further bolsters case for vitamin K2

By Hank Schultz

A new study on cardiovascular health using a protein as a biomarker has bolstered the evidence backing the notion that the benefits of vitamin K2 are so important that the substance should have its own RDI, a Norwegian supplier says.

Unilever back in court over pro.activ cholesterol claims

Unilever back in court over pro.activ cholesterol claims


Food giant Unilever appeared in a Hamburg court today to defend use of expert statements that its plant sterol-based Becel pro.activ did not have any side effects such as bloodstream plaque levels in healthy people.

Plant-based Mediterranean diet cuts heart disease risk by 30%

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Mediterranean diet cuts heart disease risk by 30%: 'Landmark’ study provides compelling evidence that it’s the type, not the level of fat, that counts for cardio health

By Elaine Watson, Loma Linda, California

People following an energy unrestricted plant-based diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts can reduce their risk of a major cardiovascular event by 30% compared with people following a purely low-fat diet, according to a “landmark” new...

Soy protein shows heart health benefits: RCT

Soy protein shows heart health benefits: RCT


Supplements of soy protein may reduce compounds in the body linked to dysfunctional blood vessel health, says new evidence that adds to the potential heart health benefits of the ingredient.

Study backs chocolate for stroke prevention

Study backs chocolate for stroke prevention

By Nathan Gray

Consuming a ‘moderate’ amount of chocolate each week could be associated with lower risk of developing stroke, according to new research from Sweden.


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