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Lack of vitamin K associated with enlarged heart

Scientists have discovered that vitamin K1, high levels of which are found in green vegetables, helps to maintain the size of the left ventricle of the heart which contains oxygenated blood for distribution around the body. In the absence of sufficient vitamin K1, this ventricle becomes enlarged and is less...
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The importance of iron in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease

Ensuring a good intake of iron may be even more critical than we thought. While this trace element is recognised as being essential to good health, the risks of disease posed by iron deficiency are often overlooked. In this context, scientists confirmed the link between iron status and risk of...
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Citrus polyphenols and their benefits for cardiovascular health

Popular for their sharp, fruity flavour, citrus fruits also offer a number of health benefits, primarily due to their high concentration of polyphenols, or more specifically, flavonoids. These natural pigments are known for their antioxidant potency which enables them to protect our cells against free radical damage and thus combat...
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The protective effect of bilberries against cardiovascular disease

The bilberry, or to give it its scientific name Vaccinium myrtillus L. , is one of the richest sources of anthocyanins or anthocyanosides 1 . Part of the large family of polyphenols and its flavonoid sub-group, these elements are responsible for bilberry’s blue-black colour as well as it health benefits....
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Co-enzyme Q10 or Ubiquinol: which is best for reducing the risk of a cardiovascular event?

Question: Which is more effective – coenzyme Q10 or ubiquinol? Answer: Co-enzyme Q10 (also known as ubiquinone) is converted in the body into an active form called ubiquinol. That’s the difference – one is an inactive form and the other an active one. So what does that really mean? If...
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