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Typically cranberry juice is thought of as a home health remedy to treat urinary tract infections (UTI’s). Some recent research indicates cranberry juice may also promote lower blood pressure levels .
Let me begin by stating these study results are preliminary. More research needs to be conducted. The study, funded by Ocean Spray Cranberries, was published as an abstract and the results have not yet been peer-reviewed and published in a journal. Results were reported at a meeting of the American Heart Association in Washington, DC.
Placebo Controlled Study
The study was led by Janet Novotney, MD of the US Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Maryland. During the eight week study, the 56 study participants drank either an 8-ounce glass of low-calorie sweetened placebo drink or an 8-ounce low-calorie cranberry juice twice a day. The diet of participants was controlled to maintain body weight during the 8 week trial. The research center provided meals to reduce va...
High blood pressure is a very common problem in America, with one in three adults having the condition. In addition to this, it’s reported that 28% of people don't even realise they have high blood pressure.
Uncontrolled blood pressure can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, as well as kidney and eye damage, and therefore isn’t something to ignore.
However, the good news is that changes to your diet and lifestyle are very effective in treating this condition easily and simply.
#1 Reduce sodium intake
Current recommendations encourage eating less than 2.4 grams (2,400 milligrams) of sodium a day. This is the same as 6 grams (about 1 teaspoon) of table salt per day.
Eating a diet lower in sodium may help prevent blood pressure from rising further, and can also help blood pressure medicines to work more effectively.
How to reduce sodium in your diet:
Eat whole fresh foods as much as possible.
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Medications Several classes of drugs are used to treat hypertension. Diuretics Diuretics help the kidneys get rid of excess salt and water. They are the mainstays of anti-hypertensive therapy and are often the first type of drug selected for most people with hypertension. They are also especially helpful for treating patients with heart failure, patients with isolated systolic hypertension, the elderly, and African-Americans. (African-Americans are more likely to be salt-sensitive, so they respond well to these drugs.) They also work well for patients with diabetes. Diuretics are often used in combination with other antihypertensive drugs. There is strong evidence that diuretics work just as well as newer drugs in lowering blood pressure and are more effective in preventing heart failure, heart attack, and stroke. Diuretic Types and Brands. The three main types of diuretics include: Thiazide diuretics. These include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Hygroton), indapamide (Lozol), hyd...
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