Potassium

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Health Benefits With the exception of calcium and phosphorus, no other mineral is as abundant in the human body as potassium. Most people don’t need to take supplements of this mineral because it’s so widely available in foods such as bananas, orange juice, and potatoes. Potassium’s task is a formidable one, primarily because of its…

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Magnesium

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MAGNESIUM * Health Benefits Magnesium, a mineral, helps coordinate the activity of the heart muscle as well as the functioning of the nerves that initiate the heartbeat. It also helps keep coronary arteries from spasming. Magnesium plays a part in reducing elevated blood pressure by relaxing the muscles that control blood vessels. It also helps…

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Calcium

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CALCIUM * Health Benefits Most of the body’s calcium is stored in the bones and teeth, where it is instrumental in keeping them strong. The small amount of calcium circulating in the bloodstream helps to produce the hormones and enzymes that regulate energy release, digestion and metabolism. Calcium also facilitates the movement of nutrients across…

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Hawthorn

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Botanical  Information Hawthorn is a common thorny shrub in the rose family. The berries, leaves, and flowers have all been used since as far back as the 1st century for medicinal purposes. Hawthorn contains many beneficial substances, particularly flavonoids, including OPCs (also found in grapes) and quercetin. Most modern preparations use the leaves and flowers,…

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Garlic

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Botanical  Information Derived from the bulb or clove of a plant in the lily family, garlic has been used as both food and medicine for thousands of years. There are several types of garlic preparations. Most clinical studies have been performed using aged garlic extract (made by fermenting garlic) or enteric-coated, dried garlic tablets. Features…

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Heartburn

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This is the informal name for this stomach complaint whose chief symptom is a burning sensation behind the breastbone. Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. It occurs when stomach acid backs up from the gastrointestinal tract into the esophagus, a process reflected in the medical name for this condition: gastroesophageal…

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Heart Disease

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Heart Disease is the result of the narrowing of the arteries that supply the heart with blood, oxygen, and nutrients. This process, called coronary artery disease, can generally be traced to a condition called atherosclerosis, the build-up of cholesterol-rich fatty deposits, or plaques, on the inside of arterial walls. As these deposits accumulate over time,…

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High Blood Pressure or Hypertension

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This disease characterized by the chronic elevation of the force that blood exerts on the walls of arteries and veins as it is pumped through the body. Regulated by your body through a complex system involving the heart, bloods vessels, brain, kidneys, and adrenal glands, blood pressure fluctuates virtually from moment to moment, tending to…

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High Cholesterol

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Cholesterol is a waxy fat-like substance found in every cell, but concentrated in the brain, liver, and blood. Essential to the body, cholesterol helps form cell walls and protective sheaths around nerves, aids in hormone production, and supports digestion. It is present in all animal source foods, but not in plant-based. Cholesterol is absorbed from…

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Hypotension or Low Blood Pressure

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This is an abnormal condition where a person’s blood pressure (the pressure of the blood against the walls of the blood vessels during and after each beat of the heart) is much lower than usual, which can cause symptoms such as dizziness or lightheadedness. When the blood pressure is too low, there is inadequate blood…

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