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Atrial Fibrillation - olive oil - 50617

An extra virgin olive oil enriched high fat diet (42% of calories from fat) compared to a “low fat” control diet (really a high fat diet of 37% of total calories from fat) reduced the incidence of atrial fibrillation by 38% compared to the control diet (37% calories as fat). The extra virgin olive oil consumed was15% of total caloric intake. Olive oil is 9 calories per gram. The average caloric intake is about 2200 calories, this would mean at least 35-40 g/d of extravirgin olive oil per day. The PREDIMED study recommended consumption of 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil per day which is about 50 g/d with food. There were no side effects. [Circulation. 2014 Jul 1;130(1):18-26. 50617 (3/2015)] Interview PubMed

Atrial Fibrillation - vitamin c - 48370

Vitamin C 2 grams I.V. 2-3 hours before induction to extracorporeal circulation preoperatively (CABG) and then vitamin C at 1000 milligrams per day divided in two even doses of 500mg (early in the morning and late afternoon) away from meals. [Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg, 2010 Nov 23; [Epub ahead of print]. 48370 (2/2011)] Summary Interview PubMed
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