February 2015 Vol. 7 Issue 21

Abstracts & Commentary

Association Between Mediterranean Diet and Increased Telomere Length

by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO  Many studies have suggested that protection of telomeres leads to longevity. In a study using data from Nurses’ Health, researchers found that participants maintaining a Mediterranean diet had healthier, longer telomeres than those who did not follow that diet—yet more evidence that adherence to a Mediterranean diet leads to longer, healthier lives.

Will Amla Become the Next Weapon Against Heart Disease?

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  Amla, Emblica officinalis (Phyllanthus emblica), popularly known as Indian gooseberry, is a traditional rasayana herb used in Ayurvedic medicine and one that hasn't been studied often in the Western literature. In this pilot study, researchers found that smokers who ingested amla fruit showed significant improvement in their cholesterol-related blood work, suggesting that integrative practitioners may soon obtain another safe, effective way to treat their cardiovascular patients.

The Impact of Vitamin C on Endothelial Function

by Daniel Chong, ND  This analysis highlights the positive impact vitamin C has on endothelial function, which is good news for some of our most vulnerable patients—those with heart disease and diabetes.

Dark Chocolate Improves Mobility in Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease

by Russell B. Marz, ND, LAc  In this study, 20 participants with peripheral artery disease were evaluated for mean walking distance and maximum walking time at baseline as well as 2 hours after ingestion of 2 kinds of chocolate—a dark chocolate containing 85% cacao or a milk chocolate containing 35% cacao of less. The participants ingesting dark chocolate improved significantly in the mobility exercises, a finding that may eventually encourage practitioners to “prescribe” dark chocolate for their cardiovascular patients.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

The Prevención con Dieta Mediterránea Cohort, 2 Years Later

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  The Prevención con Dieta Mediterránea (PREDIMED) study was the largest prospective randomized controlled experiment examining the effects of a Mediterranean style diet ever conducted. It may be the most valuable clinical trial on diet ever performed. It is important for us to understand the knowledge gained from both the original report and the subsequent publications derived from study cohorts.

Sponsored Podcasts

Magnesium and Cardiovascular Disease

by Dennis Goodman, MD, FACC  In this video, Dennis Goodman, MD, FACC, discusses the importance of magnesium in treating patients with cardiovascular disease.

Healthcare Perspectives

Integrative Cardiology

by Karolyn A. Gazella A message from Karolyn A. Gazella, publisher of the Natural Medicine Journal, regarding the special issue on cardiology.