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 * * Deficiency in the mineral zinc could increase a person's risk for cardiovascular disease because a zinc-deficient body can't protect itself as well against atherosclerosis, a process in which fatty substances build up and form plaque in the arteries, a new study shows.

* * Researcher Sharon Toker, Ph.D., candidate of Tel Aviv University, has co-authored a study that suggests a link between job burnout and inflammatory processes that contribute to heart disease.

* * Recent studies on risk factors in heart diseases have uncovered a strong link between blood pressure and heart disease in Asian countries, an alarming connection when looking at recent statistics, which have suggested as many as 28 percent of Chinese citizens have hypertension.

* * Painkillers or other related pills can be the cause of high blood pressure, according to a recent study on

* * Fruits and vegetables have yet another disease-fighting weapon to offer you: Lutein. Studies show this carotenoid prevents and, to some extent, reverses vision loss, immune system problems, cancer and cardiovascular disease. With that in mind, load up your plate with foods high in lutein -- carrots, corn, kale, spinach, Swiss chard, collard, mustard greens, red peppers, dill, parsley, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes and red, blue and purple fruits -- and read all about what this amazing plant nutrient will do for your body.



* * Very few people are aware of how vital magnesium is for overall health. After oxygen, water, and basic food, magnesium may be the most important element needed by our bodies, activating over 300 different biochemical reactions necessary for your body to function properly. The U.S. minimum RDA for magnesium is about 320 mg per day for women and more than 400 mg per day for men, while optimum daily amounts are closer to 500 to 700 mg per day - yet studies show that most people regularly take in about half of that and that over 8 out of 10 people do not take enough daily magnesium for even the minimum daily amounts recommended. Recent research has revealed that this lack of magnesium may put your heart - and your health - at significant risk. Magnesium protects against heart disease and heart attacks, high blood pressure and stroke, type II diabetes and much, much more.


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