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Chia Bliss Balls

Chia Bliss Balls

For such a tiny seed, chia is quite high in healthy fats boasting more Omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. Omega-3's work to protect the heart by lowering blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and inflammation. Inflammation can put strain on blood vessels and cause heart disease.

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The Best Diet for Reducing Heart Disease Risk

The Best Diet for Reducing Heart Disease Risk

Coronary heart disease is aleading killer of Canadian adults. As such, there is currently much debate over which ‘diet’ is best for reducing a person’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke, with each diet’s advocate claiming that their approach is the best. Paleo, low carb, low fat, vegan, raw… It can all get quite confusing.

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'Good Cholesterol' helps people with diabetes heal

'Good Cholesterol' helps people with diabetes heal

Good cholesterol could help protect diabetics from heart disease complications and limb amputations that impact the lives of millions of people in the UK each year, new research has revealed. A newly-published study by The Heart Research Institute has found for the first time that high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which is believed to help guard against heart disease, may also stimulate new blood vessel growth in people with diabetes.

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Meet our Researchers: Dr Christina Bursill, Immunobiology Group Leader

A passionate and inspired scientist, Dr Christina Bursill has led the Immunobiology Group since its formation in 2013. 

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Why are smokers more likely to get heart disease?

Smokers have a much higher risk of heart disease than non-smokers, with smokers about four times more likely to die from heart disease. New research from the Heart Research Institute’s Inflammation Group has uncovered a possible explanation for this higher risk: the presence of certain oxidants in the bloodstream, which may stop “good” cholesterol from doing its job.
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