Vitamin B12 is probably one of the most known and studied of vitamins. It is a powerhouse vitamin and it works with folate to help produce and maintain the myelin surrounding nerve cells. It also helps with mental ability, red blood cell formation, and the breakdown of some fatty acids and amino acids to produce energy. Continue reading “5 Big Reasons You Need Vitamin B12”
Improving nutrition now may be especially beneficial, as the COVID-19 virus is not projected to peak in parts of the United States until this summer, and experts warn that there could be another outbreak this fall.
Although I’m now counseling Barnard Medical Center patients via telehealth instead of across my desk, my advice remains the same as always: Remember to eat as many fruits, vegetables, grains and beans as circumstances allow (frozen fruits and vegetables, pasta, and dried or canned beans are all great options) to help boost immunity and reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and asthma Continue reading “Diet Can Fight Diseases Linked to Poor COVID-19 Outcomes”
If you got a blender as a gift over the holidays and you have been experimenting with smoothies and juices, add this Orange Ginger Smoothie to your recipe list. The bright and fresh flavor of orange and the spicy heat of the ginger are a perfect combo to help you start the day. Plus, it has plenty of protein and heart healthy omegas.
Healthy fats are an important part of a good diet. The main omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Getting adequate amounts of these three fatty acids are vital to both heart and brain health. Continue reading “Breakfast Today: Orange Ginger Smoothie”
A new government-backed study, presented at the American Heart Association (AHA), has found that medication and lifestyle changes may be just as effective as surgery for some types of heart disease. Researchers studied more than 5,000 patients with heart blockages, finding that stents did not perform any better than medications or a healthier lifestyle.
The study only included people who had a narrowing of their coronary arteries, but with stable symptoms and no severe coronary artery disease. Those with more severe heart disease, such as unstable symptoms, a recent heart attack or blockages in the left main coronary artery, were excluded. Continue reading “Lifestyle Changes as Effective as Surgery for Treatment of Heart Disease”