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Study Further Illuminates Heart-Healthy Benefits of Mediterranean Diet

Food.Diet.ListNew research further illuminates the heart-healthy benefits of the Mediterranean diet, tying the eating plan to lower levels of platelets and white blood cells, two markers of inflammation. Inflammation has an association with greater risk of heart attack and stroke.

The Mediterranean diet, characterized by generous servings of foods such as greens, whole grains, fish, and olive oil, has long been hailed as a heart-healthy eating plan. While the link between the diet and a reduction in inflammation has been established, the connection between the eating plan and levels of platelets and white blood cells, two specific inflammatory markers in the body, has remained unclear. Specifically, high platelet counts are associated with both vascular disease and non-vascular conditions such as cancer, and a high white blood cell count is a predictor of ischemic vascular disease.

“An important finding of this study is that it indicates that the Mediterranean diet as a whole, and not just a few specific ingredients, is likely responsible for the beneficial health outcomes among the healthy population and should be encouraged as part of healthy eating habits,” said lead study author Marialaura Bonaccio.

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Source: Medical News Today.

Can citrus ward off your risk of stroke?

Food.Citrus1Eating foods that contain vitamin C may reduce your risk of the most common type of hemorrhagic stroke, according to a new study. Vitamin C is found in fruits and vegetables such as oranges, papaya, peppers, broccoli and strawberries. Hemorrhagic stroke is less common than ischemic stroke, but is more often deadly.

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Source: American Academy of Neurology (AAN). “Can citrus ward off your risk of stroke?.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 14 February 2014.

Moderate exercise cuts women’s stroke risk, …

Moderate exercise cuts women’s stroke risk, helps offset increase risk from hormone therapy

Moderate exercise like brisk walking may cut women’s stroke risk 20 percent. Moderate exercise also helps offset some of the increased stroke risk in women taking postmenopausal hormone therapy.

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Source: American Heart Association. “Moderate exercise cuts women’s stroke risk, helps offset increase risk from hormone therapy.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 13 February 2014.