How is Coumadin different from Plavix?

Blood clot diagram

Table of Contents What is warfarin? Warfarin is a synthetic derivative of coumarin, a chemical found naturally in many plants, notably woodruff (Galium odoratum, Rubiaceae) Mechanism Of Action – Coumadin (crystalline warfarin sodium) and Warfarin are anticoagulants which act by inhibiting vitamin K-dependent coagulation factors. More Details – Inhibits vitamin K epoxide reductase, an enzyme […]

Can Cashews Reduce Bad Cholesterol?

In prior Lifestyle Medicine Updates, I explained that almonds have been shown to lower the bad cholesterol (LDL-cholesterol) and raise the good cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol) and that walnut consumption is linked to reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.  Today, I am citing a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in May of […]

Drugs That Deplete CoQ10 and Why It Matters

Coenzyme Q10 (or CoQ10) is a vitamin-like substance that your body makes and needs. CoQ10 is required by all the body cells to help convert food into energy.  It acts as a shuttle service that carries hydrogen electrons down the cell’s step-down transformer system within the energy factory of the cell known as the mitochondria. […]

New Blood Pressure Lowering Diet surpass Drugs

A large study, published on November 12, 2017, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, has shown that a new dietary approach to lowering high blood pressure can outperform the blood pressure lowering effects of some high blood pressure medications.  This is not to say that high blood pressure medications are not important, […]

Can Almonds Increase HDL(the Good Cholesterol)?

The research I am citing today was published in the Journal of Nutrition on August 1st, 2017. The study included 48 men and women with elevated LDL-cholesterol (the bad cholesterol that narrows arteries leading to heart attack and stroke). The intention was to compare the impact on LDL-cholesterol and HDL(the good cholesterol) of consuming either […]