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Re­searchers have known for years that get­ting enough potas­sium can lower blood pres­sure. How­ever, a new study sug­gests that women who eat more potas­sium, but who don’t have high blood pres­sure, may ben­e­fit as well—more potas­sium in­take was linked to a 21 per­cent lower risk of stroke in th­ese women. Source: Stroke A new an­i­mal study found that wal­nuts— with their high an­tiox­i­dant and omega-3 con­tent—may have a ben­e­fi­cial ef­fect on Alzheimer’s dis­ease, in­clud­ing re­duc­ing the risk, de­lay­ing the on­set, slow­ing the pro­gres­sion, or even pre­vent­ing it al­to­gether. Source: Jour­nal of Alzheimer's Dis­ease Fol­low­ing heart surgery, many pa­tients com­plain of mem­ory dys­func­tion—but one study shows that sup­ple­ment­ing with pome­gran­ate ex­tract post-op may help. In fact, pa­tients re­ceiv­ing 2 grams of the ex­tract ev­ery day af­ter surgery ac­tu­ally showed im­proved mem­ory re­ten­tion for up to six weeks, com­pared with their presurgery base­line per­for­mance. The placebo group, on the other hand, showed sig­nif­i­cant deficits in post­surgery mem­ory re­ten­tion. Source: eCAM

NEW RE­SEARCH

It may not mat­ter whether your main source of pro­tein is from an­i­mals or veg­eta­bles, sug­gests one study: When re­searchers ex­am­ined pro­tein in­take from red meat, dairy prod­ucts, fish, nuts, eggs, and legumes, they did not dis­cover a sig­nif­i­cant re­la­tion­ship

be­tween ma­jor di­etary pro­tein sources and the risk for coro­nary

heart dis­ease. Source: PloS One waist­line ra­tios

\ A study in China ex­am­ined the waist-to-height ra­tio of is­chemic stroke pa­tients and sug­gests that the ra­tio may be use­ful in pre­dict­ing stroke in­ci­dence in male pa­tients—that is, the thin­ner your waist­line, the more likely you are to avoid or sur­vive a stroke. Source: PloS One

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