Meat, Heart Disease, Iron, and LDL Oxidation

Oxidation of blood lipids, particularly LDL, is increasingly being recognized as a very important risk factor in cardiovascular disease (41,42,43). So what is the role of meat in an oxidation resistant diet? Continue reading

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Blood Viscosity and Health

Viscosity is the resistance of a liquid to movement. Think water versus honey, honey being very viscous. Turns out a number of things can make the blood flowing through our bodies more or less viscous.

Some possible causes of increased blood viscosity are dehydration [1], psychological stress [2], cold temperatures [3][4], heat stroke [5], increased hematocrit (serum red blood cell) levels [6], hyperglycemia [7], increased triglycerides and chylomicrons in the blood [8], and perhaps exposure to air pollution [9] and tobacco smoke [10]. Continue reading