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Cardiovascular Health

We've been told that saturated fat is unhealthy. It is claimed to raise cholesterol levels and give us heart attacks. However, many recent studies suggest that the true picture is more complicated than that. In terms of its chemical formula saturated fats are fat molecules that have no double bonds between carbon molecules as they are saturated with hydrogen bonds. These fats are normally solid at room temperature and occur naturally in many foods most of which originate from animal sources. While saturated fat (particularly lauric acid) has been shown to increase total and LDL-C, there is also an increase in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C). High concentrations of HDL-C are associated with greater protection from coronary artery disease and other cardiovascular diseases. Studies clearly show that, on average, saturated fat does not raise the risk of heart disease. That being said, there are definitely some people who may want to minimize saturated fat in the diet. This includes individuals with particular genetic variants.

Are you genetically predisposed to increased bad cholesterol? Bad cholesterol can contribute to formation of plaques that increases your risk for coronary heart diseases. Do you have an increased risk for hypertriglyceridemia (a condition in which triglyceride levels are elevated and is a common disorder caused or exacerbated by uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, obesity, and sedentary habits) and dyslipidaemia (a risk factor for coronary artery diseases)? Dyslipidaemia is elevation of plasma cholesterol, triglycerides (TGs), or both, or a low high-density lipoprotein level that contributes to the development of atherosclerosis.

Find out if you can lower your triglycerides by over 60% based on your genotype. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is one of several omega-3 fatty acids. It is found in cold-water fatty fish, such as salmon and fish oil supplements, along with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Getting more EPA in your diet has positive effects on coronary heart disease, high triglycerides (fats in the blood), high blood pressure, and inflammation. In individuals with a particular genetic variant, EPA has a more beneficial effect in lowering triglycerides!

Hypertension Risk and potential reversal therapy (Blood Pressure): Can you reverse hypertension? Did you know that many land mark clinical studies have shown that based on your genetic profile you may be able to use nutrition based target reversal therapy that can help you significantly lower your blood pressure and potentially get you off anti-hypertensive medication?

Calorie or energy restriction is a dietary regimen where one reduces calorie intake without incurring malnutrition or a reduction in essential nutrients. "Low calorie restriction" can be defined relative to the subject's previous intake before intentionally restricting calories. A restricted diet aims to reduce the intake of calories to a level 20-40% lower than their typical intake, while still consuming all the necessary nutrients and vitamins.