October 15, 2010
Cut this one food to lower
your blood pressure
Diet is a major cause of high blood pressure. But changing your diet is difficult. However, if you can cut one food from your diet, you can easily lower your blood pressure.
Dr. Liwei Chen of Louisiana State University led a team that followed 810 adults with borderline hypertension. The study lasted for 18 months. At the start of the study, the participants drank (on average) one 12-oz sugar-sweetened serving each day. The researchers asked the participants to simply cut their consumption.
Those who were able to knock out the sugar drink totally reduced their systolic pressure by 1.8 and the diastolic by 1.1. That may not seem like much, but even a small decrease in blood pressure can significantly reduce your risk of vascular events. And over the years, the drop would be even more significant.
Sugar increases insulin, the hormone of aging and death. Insulin will raise your blood pressure. Sugar might also make your blood thicker. Increased viscosity is a major heart disease risk. It leads to a need for higher pressure to move the thick blood.
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Please eliminate sugary foods from your diet. That includes high fructose corn syrup. It does NOT include fruit! The natural fiber, vitamins, minerals, and water in fruit are what God designed for you to eat.
While you are cutting sugar, you might want to increase your vitamin C. Another study followed 242 women. In this study, the researchers compared blood levels of vitamin C to their blood pressure. They found that subjects in the highest fourth of plasma vitamin C levels had systolic blood pressure 4.66 mm Hg lower and diastolic blood pressure 6.04 mm Hg lower than those in the lowest fourth of plasma ascorbic acid levels. Take at least 1,000 grams daily.
These are two very easy ways to get a handle on your blood pressure!
Ref: Journal of the American Heart Association, May 24, 2010; Nutr J, 2008; 7(1): 35.