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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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Chia: Ancient Superfood for Modern Day Ailments

By Jess Lewis-Peltier
November 22, 2010
File under: Fitness, Healthy Eating, Seeds


People are often looking for what may be the ultimate ‘superfood.’ Blueberries, goji berries and acai (ah-sigh-ee) are just a few of the antioxidant-rich contenders.

Chia seeds, a superfood that has been increasing in status and popularity lately has come a long way since the sprouting ‘Chia Pet’ novelty of the 1980’s.  That’s right, chia!  Gram for gram, the humble chia seed packs a hefty nutritional punch.

Chia seeds come from the salvia hispanica plant, which is part of the mint family and were highly prized by the Aztecs who revered them as a potent endurance food. …read more of Chia: Ancient Superfood for Modern Day Ailments here

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