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Functional Foods for the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases

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An international scientific conference entitled “Functional Food Products for the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases” was held on November 16-17, in Dallas, Texas. It was organized by the Functional Foods Center of D&A Inc., Richardson, Texas, United States. A principal goal of the conference was to bring together experts in medicine, biology, and the food industry to discuss the contributions of functional foods in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disorders. Scientific investigations were presented from fifty-one various groups with authors from 12 countries (Algeria, Armenia, Burkina Faso, France, Greece, India, Kenya, Lithuania, Mexico, Russia, the United States and Uzbekistan). Researchers in the medical field presented modern achievements of surgical approaches and the potentials of drug therapy, where particular emphasis was placed on the unresolved problems of pharmaceutical side effects. The advances in pharmaceutical therapy remain of critical importance since cardiovascular disease is still the number one killer in the United States and in much of the developed world. The group of medical and biological researchers presented studies of molecular mechanisms in the development of heart diseases, hypertension and arteriosclerosis. These studies were complimented by, and integrated with, studies of phyto-remedies and biologically active substances used for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The significant role of an individual’s daily food intake in the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases was supported by studies of new nutritional products for disease prevention. Many of these new foods are based on natural ingredients, as opposed to the bulk of currently available “heart-healthy” foods in the American market, which rely primarily on processed food to obtain low-fat, low-cholesterol, or low-sodium for their beneficial effect. The new foods discussed and presented at the conference are rich in fiber, and contain high levels of micronutrients and macronutrients, such as magnesium, which plays an especially vital role in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. A number of specialists from different countries made a series of reports regarding amaranth as one of the better foods to fight cardiovascular disease. In conclusion, it was emphasized that cardiovascular disease is a problem for not just surgical and pharmaceutical medicine, but also for the specialists of medical biology, nutritional science and the food industry. From this perspective, an important outcome of the conference for the future cooperation among scientists was the need for the creation of an interdisciplinary approach to incorporate new and effective functional foods, diets and behavior modification into modern medicine. It was decided by the attending scientist, researchers and medical doctors that similar conferences entitled “Functional Foods for the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Diseases” should be held on a regular basis. Edited by Nicholas P. Yensen, PhD and Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD.