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Seaweed intake and risk of cardiovascular disease: the Japan Public Health Center-based Prospective (JPHC) Study.

Following a high seaweed diet may diminish the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, including ischemic heart disease.

​This study assessed the consumption of seaweed in relation to the occurrence of stroke and cardiovascular disease. With the aid of validated food frequency questionnaires, researchers collected and analyzed data on the seaweed intake levels of over 90,000 Japanese men and women. The relative risk of developing cardiovascular disease and stroke was ascertained in all the participants in this study. 

Researchers noted that regular ingestion of seaweeds brightened an individual's chances of evading cardiovascular diseases, including ischemic heart disease. However, frequent consumption of seaweeds was found to have no significant effect on stroke risk in this study. Evidence from this study support the inclusion of seaweeds in a heart healthy diet.

Research Summary Information

  • 2019
  • Murai U, Yamagishi K, Sata M, Kokubo Y, Saito I, Yatsuya H, Ishihara J, Inoue M, Sawada N, Iso H, Tsugane S; JPHC Study Group.
  • Department of Public Health Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan, and Health Services Research and Development Center, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan. Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. Department of Preventive Medicine, National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, Suita, Japan. Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, Oita University, Yufu, Japan. Department of Public Health, Fujita Health University School of Medicine, Toyoake, Japan. Department of Food and Life Science, School of Life and Environmental Science, Azabu University, Sagamihara, Japan. Epidemiology and Prevention Division, Research Center for Cancer Prevention and Screening, National Cancer Center, Tokyo, Japan. Public Health, Department of Social Medicine, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Suita, Japan.
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