Dr. Ann

Many people express concern about “needing the potassium” as they may be on meds that require this. Because restricting bananas is part of my standard recommendation for those who want to lose weight, and for those with diabetes, I want everyone to know there are many other foods that provide more potassium per standard serving including white […]

I’m nuts about nuts. Here are six reasons to include nuts in your diet daily! Regular nut consumption reduces the risk of heart-related death by up to 30-50%. People who eat nuts regularly live longer. People who eat nuts regularly get less type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. People who eat nuts regularly are less […]

September 2, 2018 • Heart Health

BPA and Blood Pressure

 The alarm bells for exposure to BPA have been getting louder over that past few years, and higher blood pressure may indeed be another cause for concern. BPA is a compound found in some plastics as well as the liners used for most canned foods and beverages. Although a definitive verdict on BPA exposure and health is […]

Knowing that herbs and spices are teeming with potent antioxidant compounds, researchers from Penn State set out to determine if adding a blend of herbs and spices to a high fat meal could mitigate its adverse effects. For this study, they fed 6 overweight, but healthy men two separate test meals on two separate days. […]

I am already wildly enthusiastic about berries for health. In a Harvard based study that monitored the eating habits of over 93,000 women for 18 years, those consuming the most berries were 32 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack vs. those consuming the least. Scientists speculate that berries’ robust supply of blue/purple anthocyanin […]

Nut’s stellar reputation as a workhorse for fighting disease just scored a huge scientific victory. In one of the largest studies to date, scientist found that simply consuming a daily, modest handful (20 grams) of nuts (any variety to include peanuts) was linked to the following health benefits: A 30 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease […]

Want to dramatically lower your risk of dying from a cardiac event? Get fit! Movement is remarkably good for the heart. Following a recent study,* scientists concluded that fitness appears to slash the risk of cardiac death. For the evaluation, scientists carefully measured the fitness of over 55,000 Americans and followed their health status onward for up to 14 years. […]

Watch this video tip on why food is medicine and how it can help lower cholesterol in the body. It’s fascinating science!

These are the foods you should be including in your diet regularly: Avocados Tomatoes Broccoli Brussels sprouts Asparagus Red/orange/yellow bell peppers Any dark leafy greens Any dark salad greens/lettuce Berries (any variety) Pomegranates Any whole citrus Apples – dried and fresh Red/purple grapes Organic plain soy milk Soy nuts Edamame Tofu Tempeh Fish, especially oily […]

Sugary beverages can wreck your health. According to the most comprehensive and authoritative review of published science to date, Harvard scientists determined that drinking as little as one to two servings a day of a sugary beverage was tied to significant health risks. Among the most compelling were a 35 percent greater risk of heart […]

Like true nuts, peanuts (which are actually legumes) can rightfully claim superstar food status. In a new report that followed the diets and health status over a five to twelve year period of more than 200,000 racially diverse adult study subjects, those consuming the most peanuts were up to 21 percent less likely to die […]

The diminutive blueberry may be a powerhouse food for cardiovascular health. That was the conclusion from a new clinical trial that tested if a daily dose of blueberries could lower blood pressure. For this study 48 women with mild to moderate high blood pressure were given the equivalent of one cup of blueberries daily in the […]