Who says we have to suffer...to live a healthy happy vibrant life?

Red wine and dark chocolate... might seem decadent...but these guilty pleasures also might help us live longer...and healthier lives. Red wine and dark chocolate definitely improve an evening..but they also contain resveratrol..which lowers blood sugar. Red wine is a great source of catechins..which boost protective HDL cholesterol. Green tea? Protects your brain..helps you live longer..and soothes your spirit.

Food for Thought, the blog, is about living the good life...a life we create with our thoughts and our choices...and having fun the whole while!

I say lets make the thoughts good ones..and let the choices be healthy...exciting...and delicious! Bon Appetit!

Friday, February 18, 2011

NIH Funded Research Shows How Fish Oils Protect Against Cardiovascular Disease

A researcher at Michigan Technological University is contributing to the growing body of evidence suggesting that the omega-3 fatty acids ( EPA and DHA)  found in fish oil protect against cardiovascular disease.
Fish oil has been shown to improve vascular function (blood flow) by decreasing triglyceride levels and the growth rate of atherosclerotic plaques, and by reducing blood pressure, according to Jason R, Carter, chair of the Department of Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education at Michigan Tech. Carter says that the underlying mechanisms responsible for these Fish Oil benefits are not entirely clear, but reduction of sympathetic nerve activity (the flight/fight response) may be an important contributor.

Fish Oil and Neurovascular Control in Humans (2008-2011)

The major goal of this project is to examine the 
effects of fish oil on blood pressure and muscle 
sympathetic nerve activity in normotensive and hypertensive individuals.

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