Alcohol, blood pressure, and hypertension

Contents in brief: Alcohol intake and blood pressure Alcohol intake and prevention of hypertension Relationship between ethanol intake and blood pressure References Alcohol intake and blood pressure Many studies have shown a direct, dose-dependent relationship between alcohol intake and blood pressure, particularly for intake above two drinks per day. This relationship is independent of: age; […]

Trans fatty acids

Contents in brief: Definition and chemical structure of trans fatty acids Properties of fats rich in trans fatty acids Sources of trans fatty acids Industrial trans fatty acids Partial hydrogenation of vegetable oils Ruminant trans fatty acids Isomers of dietary trans fatty acids Trans fatty acids: effects on human health Trans fatty acids: effects at […]

Green tea: definition, processing, properties, polyphenols

What is green tea? Green tea is an infusion of processed leaves of tea plant, Camellia sinensis, a member of the Theaceae family. It is the most consumed beverages in Asia, particularly in China and Japan. Western populations consume black tea more frequently than green tea. However, in recent years, thanks to its health benefits, it […]

Green tea benefits for health

Benefits of green tea: science and myths Tea drinking, particularly green tea, has always been associated, at least in East Asia cultures (mainly in China and Japan) with health benefits. Only recently, the scientific community has begun to study the health benefits of tea consumption, recognizing its preventive value in many diseases. Green tea benefits […]

Human health and carotenoids

Benefits of carotenoids for human health Carotenoids belong to the category of bioactive compounds taken up with diet, that is, molecules able to provide protection against many diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and macular degeneration. They are also important for the proper functioning of the immune system. Among the mechanisms that seem to be […]

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements in the secondary prevention of CVD

Omega-3 fatty acids and prevention of CVD Studies conducted on Greenland Eskimos, which consume large amount of fish or marine mammals rich in omega-3 fatty acids and have a low incidence of cardiovascular disease or CVD, have suggested a protective effects of such fatty acids against these disease. Results of other epidemiological studies, randomized trials and animal […]

Potassium intake and cardiovascular risk factors

Potassium intake and health In a study published on British Medical Journal a research team has conducted a systematic review of the literature and meta-analyses on potassium intake and health in apparently healthy adults and children without renal impairment that might compromise its handling. Eleven cohort studies (127038 participants) reporting all cause mortality, stroke, cardiovascular […]

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