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 The study, funded by Ocean Spray Cranberries, was published as an abstract and the results have not yet been peer-reviewed and published in a journal.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...
A few weeks ago I worked with an individual taking drastic steps to lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease risk. One of the changes she made was to cut dairy intake. I was concerned about this approach and why she believed this was an appropriate step to lower cholesterol levels. I want to make sure you're not confused about the role of dairy and calcium when it comes to heart health, specifically lowering blood pressure .
The link between calcium and blood pressure was noticed years ago when researchers realized people drinking hard water had less high blood pressure than those drinking soft water. Hard water contains more minerals, including calcium.
Individuals receiving more than 800 mg of calcium daily have a 23 percent decreased risk of high blood pressure versus those consuming less than 400 mg of calcium per day.
Back in 1996, scientists compiled all the research to date on calcium and high blood pressure. The results showed calc...
Complications Left untreated, hypertension will cause complications. People with untreated high blood pressure will not live as long as people with well treated blood pressure. Medications make a major difference in longevity and reduction of disability. There are several reasons for this. A consistently elevated blood pressure hastens the formation of plaque or fatty deposits within the blood vessels accelerating atherosclerosis (or hardening of the arteries) leading to an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure also puts a strain on both the blood vessels (they become thicker and more resistant to flow but also may have weak spots that cause them to dilate and for aneurysms) and the heart (it must thicken to deliver a harder flow, and requires more oxygen to do its job, eventually outstripping its supply and beginning to fail). The kidneys, which filter waste from the body, are also vulnerable to damage as a result of high blood pressure. Hypertension...
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