Acupuncture Continuing Education

Top Ten Foods Benefiting the Heart

Tasly pharmaceutical corporation has published its top ten list of healthy foods for the heart. Tasly is known for producing the first FDA phase-two approved Chinese herbal medicine for the treatment of coronary heart disease. Topping the list is oatmeal. Oatmeal contains omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium. Oatmeal is known for lowering LDL cholesterol. Tasly is recommending steel-cut oats over instant oatmeal because steel cut oats have a higher fiber content. Salmon takes the number two slot for its omega-3 fatty acid content and for containing carotenoid astaxanthin, an antioxidant. The number three slot goes to avocado for its monounsaturated fat content. Avocados lower LDL cholesterol while raising HDL cholesterol. Dr. Sinatra of Tasly notes that avocados allow for the absorption of carotenoids including beta-carotene and lycopene. Olive oil takes the number four position with its abundance of monounsaturated fats. Nuts take the fifth slot, including walnuts, almonds, and macadamia nuts. Nuts are loaded with polyunsaturated fats. Berries such as blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries take up the sixth position for foods benefiting vascular health. Legumes such as lentils, chickpeas, black beans, and kidney beans take the next slot with their high content of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and fiber. Flax seeds are next on the list for their omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid content. Spinach takes the ninth slot for its lutein, folate, potassium, and fiber content. Taking the last slot at number ten is soy. Soy is a source of lean protein.

Licensed acupuncturists are watching Tasly’s phase-three testing of Dan Shen Dripping pills closely. Having jumped through the hoops at the FDA and passing phase-two trials, it is the first Chinese medicine likely to be FDA approved for the treatment of angina pectoris, coronary arteriosclerosis, and hyperlipmia. The impact on nurses, nursing professionals, and doctors is significant. Lacking any measurable negative side effects, Dan Shen Dripping pills may become one of the most important medicines for the prevention of heart disease. It is currently a prescription drug internationally.

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