If you have problems with insulin resistance, high blood pressure, or vascular disease, I've got great news. You can significantly lower your risk for heart attack with a grain.

That's right! Researchers tested a novel grain for its heart-protecting benefits on 20 subjects. The average age for the participants was 64. And all of them had well-controlled diabetes. They randomized all of the participants to receive either 37 grams a day of Salba or wheat bran for 12 weeks. They otherwise remained on their conventional diets. The published results have even taken me by surprise.

Salba, which is a grain that was popular with the ancient Aztecs, significantly reduced systolic blood pressure by an average of 6.3 mm. The highly significant heart-disease risk factor hs-CRP dropped by 40%. And the blood-clotting risk factor - von Willebrand factor - dropped by 21% compared to the controls.

Additionally, Salba induced significant decreases in hemoglobin A1c and fibrinogen by the end of the study. A1c tells you how much damage your high blood sugar is inflicting. Fibrinogen is a risk factor for thick and clot-prone blood. So reducing both is great news.

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Salba didn't have any negative effects. In fact, it helped the diabetics maintain good glycemic and lipid control, which is amazing for a grain. The study authors concluded that Salba can help improve major cardiovascular risks factors safely.

I'm really excited about this report. I'm not a big fan of most grains, as you have to cook them before you eat them. However, there are exceptions. And Salba is one of those exceptions. Patients often tell me they would love to be able to add grains or some cooked source of denser calories. And Salba may hit a grand slam - a novel grain that reverses what most processed grains cause.

Salba is available online and in many health food stores. And it's fairly inexpensive. Please stay tuned for a more in-depth report on this fantastic grain I'm writing for my newsletter. If you're not a subscriber yet, please visit my website
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Ref: "Supplementation of Conventional Therapy with the Novel Grain Salba (Salvia hispanica L.) Improves Major and Emerging Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Type 2 Diabetes: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial," Vuksan V, Whitham D, et al, Diabetes Care, 2007 August 8.
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