Top Ten Foods For Heart Health

Tasly pharmaceutical corporation has published its top ten list of healthy foods for heart health.  Tasly is recognized for producing the first FDA phase-two approved Chinese herbal medicine for the treatment of heart disease, presently in its phase-three trial. The top ten foods include: … Read More

Diet And Cardiovascular Risk

A low-carbohydrate diet in which more fat and protein sources come from plants than animals may be protective against adverse health conditions, according to a recent Annals of Internal Medicine study. In an analysis, a higher-vegetable, low-carbohydrate diet was associated with a 20 percent lower risk of death. Conversely, a low-carb diet high in meat tended to be associated with a 23 percent increased risk of death. “These results suggest that the health effects of a low-carbohydrate diet may depend on the type of protein and fat, and a diet that includes mostly vegetable sources of protein and fat is preferable to a diet with mostly animal sources of protein and fat, “ writes Teresa Fung, Sc.D. of Simmons College in Boston, and colleagues. Low-carbohydrate diets have been associated with weight loss promotion and improved blood cholesterol levels. The researchers examined data from two studies, the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals’ Follow-Up Study. A diet assessment of a total of 85,168 women and 44,548 men found that low-carbohydrate diets with more meat tended to be associated with higher all-cause mortality. This could be due to the established health benefits of unsaturated fats, dietary fiber, micronutrients, and other vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that meat-based diets may be lacking. Tips for a healthy low-carb diet: • Avoid processed meats that contain saturated fats and nitrites. • Opt for fish over red meat. • Include nuts, avocados, olives, and other plant fats in the diet. • Eat a diet of whole foods rather than convenience snacks. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage therapy for a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Tips To Improve Your Heart Health

Seven health factors and lifestyle behaviors have been identified by the American Heart Association as contributing to cardiovascular health. In a recent survey of American adults, the association found that 39 percent said they believed they had optimal heart health. Over 50 percent said that they had been informed by a health practitioner that they had a risk factor for heart disease and needed to make lifestyle changes to improve their health. Often, individuals don’t associate unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as physical inactivity and insufficient diet, with cardiovascular health. Improvements in the areas defined by the seven factors and behaviors can affect ideal cardiovascular health, improving quality of life and life span. The association categorizes cardiovascular health as poor, intermediate or ideal, depending on where individuals are in each of the seven areas. The seven measures to define heart health are: • Never smoked or quit more than one year ago. • Body mass index less than 25. • Exercise of at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity each week. • A healthy diet that includes more fruits and vegetables and reduced calorie intake. • Total cholesterol less than 200. • Blood pressure below 120/80. • Fasting blood glucose less than 100. By following these measures, everyone is a candidate to advance at least one stage forward in heart health, from poor to intermediate or intermediate to ideal. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

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