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Magnesium-Rich Foods Prevent Sudden Death

By Michael Greger M.D.
November 26, 2012
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Nuts, Seeds, Vegetarian, Whole Grains

Most men and women who succumb to heart disease die suddenly without any known history of heart problems. As noted in my three minute video How Do Nuts Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death?, up to 55 percent of men and 68 percent of women have no clinically recognized heart disease before sudden death.

They obviously had rampant heart disease, however it just wasn’t recognized until they were lying on a slab in the morgue. So if there was ever a case to be made for primary prevention, the determination to start eating healthier right now – tonight – before the symptoms of sudden cardiac death arise is it. Especially since that first symptom is often the last. So how do we do it?

Our story begins 43 years ago with a fascinating paper in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled, “Sudden Death and Ischemic Heart Disease: Correlation With Hardness of the Local Water Supply.”[1]

There appeared to be “an increased susceptibility to lethal arrhythmias [fatal heart rhythms] among residents of soft-water areas.” So maybe one of the minerals found in hard water is protective, but which one? Researchers decided to cut some hearts open to find out. …read more of Magnesium-Rich Foods Prevent Sudden Death here

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5 Heart-Smart Snacks that Knock Out Cholesterol!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
March 29, 2010
File under: Healthy Eating, Legumes, Natural Alternatives, Nuts


Reducing cholesterol intake is a good idea for everyone, regardless of age or health.  But where do you start?  One easy place place to start, is something we all do…snacking!

Choosing delicious heart-smart snacks unprocessed whole foods that are rich in fiber, phytonutrients and complex carbohydrates is not only heart-smart, it’s planet-smart.

Here are five tasty snacks that are nutrient-dense and stave off hunger with zero cholesterol and fewer calories and fat. …read more of 5 Heart-Smart Snacks that Knock Out Cholesterol! here

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Homemade Peanut Butter

By Kirsten Dirksen
March 1, 2010
File under: Nuts, Recipes, Snacks


You may think of peanut butter as more of a childhood staple, but it’s also a great source of protein for adults.

Surprisingly, it may also be a great for weight control: one study found that peanut eaters tend not to overeat their daily calories. As a source of antioxidants, peanuts- according to recent studies- may rival some fruits.

By making your own peanut butter you can be sure to avoid the trans-fats of some commercial brands. Plus, it’s a way to avoid all those containers that tend to pile up if you’re a fan of the spread. …read more of Homemade Peanut Butter here

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Almonds: Good for the Heart

By Christie Nash
January 27, 2010
File under: Healthy Eating, Nuts, Recipes


Almonds, almonds, good for your heart, the more you eat the more you… lower your LDL cholesterol, improve your complexion and digestion, and reduce your risk of cancer.

If you are looking for a simple and healthy snack while you’re on the run, then go on and grab a handful of almonds.  Once considered a food that is high in fat, research shows that this fat is monounsaturated, which actually helps reduce the risk of heart disease.

Almonds are also high in protein, and jam-packed full of fibre, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, and other antioxidants. And as a bonus, supplementing your diet with whole foods, such as almonds, is a delicious way to lighten your eco footprint with less processing and packaging. …read more of Almonds: Good for the Heart here

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Nuts About Brazils

By Andrea Moss
May 14, 2009
File under: Healthy Eating, Nuts, Snacks


My only experience will Brazil nuts for the longest time was remembering them as those weird, lopsided, big nuts randomly thrown into the salted, canned nut mixes that I would eat as a kid.

I didn’t remember particularly liking them – nor disliking them – and pretty much forgot about their existence. Until recently. In my constant quest to discover the healthiest superfoods out there, I stumbled upon the humble Brazil nut. And I soon came to find out just how much those guys have to offer.

Brazils are packed with lots of the good stuff: copper, niacin, magnesium, fiber, vitamin E and – the big one – selenium. There’s enough selenium in just 2 Brazil nuts to provide us with the daily recommended amount! That’s great news for many of us, since there’s a lot of selenium-deficient folks out there. …read more of Nuts About Brazils here

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