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


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