Protect Yourself from Stroke and Heart Attack – This Nut Boosts Good Cholesterol While Slashing the Bad
It tastes great raw, toasted, seasoned, and smoked; it can make milk, butter, oil, and flour, and it now turns out that it can benefit your cholesterol profile too.
LDL is normally considered bad cholesterol, as it has the potential to clog your arteries. HDL, on the other hand, removes this LDL cholesterol from your body, and is therefore considered good cholesterol.
The Penn State researchers asked 24 of their 48 participants to eat a handful of almonds daily for six weeks.
The other 24 volunteers ate a similar diet for the same amount of time, but ate a banana muffin daily instead of the almonds.
After the six weeks, the scientists swapped the two groups, with the almond consumers now eating a banana muffin and vice versa.
At the beginning and end of each diet period, they measured the level and function of the 48 participants’ cholesterol.
Compared with the muffin diet, the almond diet increased HDL function by 6% and the presence of α-1 HDL by an impressive 19%.
As HDL cholesterol particles collect LDL cholesterol from around your bloodstream to transport to your liver (from which it is processed for excretion), those HDL particles become bigger, much like a garbage bag becoming bigger as you fill it up.
The largest garbage bags, or HDL particles, are clearly the most effective at removing the garbage, or LDL cholesterol particles in this case.
α-1 HDL particles are the largest and most productive HDL particles, which is why the researchers concluded that almonds were a great tool for making your HDL cholesterol more productive.
Protect Yourself from Stroke and Heart Attack – But eating almonds is not enough to completely clear out clogged arteries. For that, you need to cut out this ONE ingredient, you didn’t even realize you were consuming…
Protect Yourself from Stroke and Heart Attack – Why Women Have Higher Heart Attack Risk After Menopause
Scientists have long been baffled by the fact that women have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than men before menopause, even though they have a higher risk than men after menopause.
Now, researchers from the University of Copenhagen may have solved this riddle.
And they point out one thing that every single woman must do to save herself from stroke and heart attack. Do this right now before it’s too late.
The researchers recruited 17 women: 12 of them between ages 59 and 70 and the other five between ages 21 and 28.
They took a biopsy from their thigh muscles to examine their muscle tissue, the small blood vessels called capillaries in their muscles, and some muscle proteins.
The seniors had fewer capillaries in their muscles and lower muscle protein levels than the young participants did.
In the second part of the study, they put the seniors on an eight-week spinning program, with three sessions per week at moderate to high intensity.
Before and after their training, the scientists measured several fitness parameters and took another thigh muscle biopsy after the training to compare with the first biopsy.
The postmenopausal women could not increase the number of capillaries in their muscle tissue by anywhere near as much as had previously been found in young women and men of all ages.
Despite this, their fitness did improve by 15 percent and the amount of muscle proteins in their muscles increased.
Muscle tissue capillaries are important because they move sugar and lipids into our muscles that would otherwise simply accumulate in fat cells. They also help transport oxygen and nutrients to our muscles that increase the productivity of our exercise programs.
This means that women should start exercising before and during menopause to give them a head start on muscle function and muscle capillaries when they enter menopause.
Protect Yourself from Stroke and Heart Attack – When Exercising Causes Heart Attack and Death
Is exercise actually good for you? Silly question.
Of course it is.
But too much of a good thing can be… well… bad.
And that’s the case with one particular popular exercise. Do too much of it and your risk of heart attack will start heading skyward.
So now you have a reason not to overdo this exercise.
A study conducted by German researchers focused for nearly a decade on the exercise habits of more than 1,000 people who were in their 60s.
Researchers split participants up in three groups:
1) Those who did 60 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise 4 times a week.
2) Those who did 60 minutes of exercise more than 4 times a week.
3) Those who exercised occasionally or rarely.
Not surprisingly, those who did little or no exercise had the highest risk of developing a cardiac event.
More surprisingly, however, the healthiest group was the one in which people participated in moderate exercise—and not intense exercise.
In fact, the over-exercised participants had double the risk of heart attack and stroke compared to the moderate exercising group.
So, for best cardiovascular health, do moderate workouts a few times a week, rather than heavy exercises every day.
Here is a simple exercise routine:
• Warm up for 3 minutes
• Exercise as hard and fast as you can (running, biking, swimming or whatever) for 30 seconds to raise your heart rate
• Rest for 90 seconds while moving to keep warm
• Repeat the high intensity exercise and rest cycle about seven more times
Do this exercise routine 3–4 times/week for optimal heart health. All it takes is 15–20 minutes per day.
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