“These decreases in (blood pressure) are amongst the most potent dietary interventions observed and comparable to current medications,” Pierce said. There was no flaxseed-related benefit for people with normal blood pressure, however. Flaxseed costs about 25 to 50 cents per ounce. The new study was partially funded by the Flax Council of Canada. It wasn’t originally designed to study blood pressure, which means the results have to be interpreted with more caution. “The study results are indeed surprising – it is actually hard to imagine such huge reductions in blood pressure with flax seed mixed in food stuffs,” Dr.
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Dietary spirulina intake manages blood pressure and cholesterol, may help prevent atherosclerosis
One such study was conducted by researchers at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico’s biochemistry department back in 2009, where it was learned that spirulina helps promote the healthy release of nitric oxide by the endothelium, as well as increase the synthesis and release of a vasodilating cyclooxygenase-dependent metabolite of arachidonic acid. Spirulina also helps decrease the activity of vasoconstricting eicosanoid by the endothelium. Put plainly, each of these mechanistic actions help expand the size of blood vessels, which in turn helps lower blood pressure and improve blood flow. This is important for people with high cholesterol and high blood pressure, as any potential buildup in otherwise narrowed arteries can lead to artery hardening and even blood clots. But spirulina appears to naturally prevent all this by not only regulating artery size but also decreasing blood levels of harmful forms of cholesterol.
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“Smarter” Blood Pressure Guidelines Could Prevent Many More Heart Attacks and Strokes
We should guide use of medications by a patients risk of these diseases and how much adding a new medication decreases that risk not solely on their blood pressure level. We found that people who have mildly high blood pressure but high cardiovascular risk receive a lot of benefit from treatment, but those with low overall cardiovascular risk do not. Current treatment guidelines emphasize specific blood pressure goals, with the majority of treatment driven specifically towards pushing blood pressure below 140/80 mmHg. However, authors say tailored blood pressure treatment decisions based on a patients overall cardiovascular disease risk and the estimated benefits of advancing treatment is a substantially more effective model of care. Authors say new blood pressure guidelines could help patients make informed decisions about their care. For example, if patients knew that medication only slightly reduced their risk of a heart attack or stroke (e.g.
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