It's no secret that nuts are good for your heart. We know that consuming nuts can dramatically reduce cardiovascular disease risk, but scientists are just beginning to figure out how this works. A recent study found that almonds have a potent… Continue
Added by Susana on April 13, 2010 at 8:10am —
In the battle against chronic disease, specifically heart disease, the antioxidant content of berries is a fantastic weapon.
Researchers in 2008 studied 72 volunteers over an eight week period. The volunteers were divided into a berry group and control group. The berry group was fed 100 grams of whole bilberries, 50 grams of lingonberry-rich nectar, and 100 grams of blackcurrants, strawberries, or raspberry-chokeberry juice every other day. The control group received non-berry “fruit… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on November 19, 2009 at 9:30pm —
It has been a little over a year not eating red meat or pork. My entire life, I grew up on eating and loving to eat these meat products. Some of my favorite foods included Italian combos, steak drizzled with gorgonzola and rueben sandwiches. Anytime I ate red meat, I always felt tired and as if some brick was just sitting in my stomach. Red meat never settled well for me. After conducting some research on how industrial cows were treated, and the impact of raising and then eating it has on the… Continue
Added by Sharon Porter on November 18, 2009 at 11:45am —
The DASH Diet has been proven to lower blood pressure
in as little as two weeks. Researchers are interested in the impact of the DASH diet on other aspects of heart health.
A new study looked at the DASH diets effect on heart failure
in women. Out of over 36,000 women between… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on November 10, 2009 at 9:30pm —
You don’t have to follow a vegetarian diet to lower blood pressure, but there is solid evidence that vegetable proteins will lower blood pressure
A recent study compared dietary intake of the vegetable protein glutamic acid and blood pressure. The diet study showed a higher intake of glutamic acid linked to a 1.5 to 3 mm Hg decrease in systolic blood pressure (top number) and 1.0 to 1.6 mm… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on October 8, 2009 at 6:30pm —
1. Reduce your SODIUM intake.
Too much sodium in your diet can contribute to high blood pressure and make your blood pressure treatment less effective. Simply reducing your sodium
intake to 2.3 grams (6 g table salt) daily can decrease your blood pressure.
The average American consumes 6-18 grams of table salt daily (about 3 teaspoons). The body… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on September 10, 2009 at 2:00pm —
There are numerous health claims surrounding garlic. . .do you think they're true? Let's discuss garlic's relationship to blood pressure.
Research studies have found a link between the right type and amount of garlic and a lower blood pressure
. The average reduction in systolic (top number) blood pressure was ~5-8 mm Hg. Garlic is linked to a reduction in diastolic blood pressure, but the decrease isn't large enough to be… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on June 25, 2009 at 11:00am —
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… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on June 2, 2009 at 8:30am —
If you have high blood pressure or want to take steps to prevent high blood pressure, it’s very important you balance your intake of sodium and potassium. The more potassium in your diet and the lower the sodium, the better your blood pressure will be.
The typical American diet contains 3.6 grams of sodium daily, while the current guidelines recommend limiting sodium to 2.3 grams or less daily (~1 teaspoon). Many Americans are deficient on potassium intake. Currently dietary… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on May 7, 2009 at 9:00am —
More interesting research findings I want to share.
A French study found a link between the weather and blood pressure, especially for individuals over the age of 80. As temperatures dropped 25 degrees, such as change from summer to winter, systolic blood pressure (top number) increased 5.0 mmHg.
Hmm, another reason to retire in the tropics!
All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
7 Natural Ways to Lower Blood… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on May 5, 2009 at 9:00am —
If you are prehypertensive or have mild high blood pressure a study has found that drinking hibiscus tea may help lower your blood pressure. A study followed 65 individuals aged 30-70 years-old with initial blood pressure readings of 120-150/<95. Individuals were split into two groups, with one group drinking three cups of hibiscus tea daily. Those consuming the tea saw a 6.2 mmHg drop in systolic blood pressure (top number).
Hibiscus is a common ingredient in herbal teas,… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on April 23, 2009 at 9:00am —
Lifting weights can cause a temporary, but dramatic blood pressure rise. Systolic blood pressure can increase up to 350-400 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure to 150 mm Hg even if your blood pressure is typically a healthy level of 120/80 or less.
Long term high blood pressure is linked to arterial endothelial dysfunction. The endothelium is the inner lining of your artery walls. Endothelial dysfunction can result in the hardening of artery walls. Researchers have been monitoring the… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on March 4, 2009 at 1:30pm —
The benefits of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) have been known since the 1970's. Unfortunately, many doctors do not routinely recommend CoQ10 to their heart patients. If you've never heard of CoQ10, I'm going to explain what it is, how it works, signs of deficiency, and the benefits of increasing your CoQ10 intake.
CoQ10 is a fat-soluble vitamin and powerful antioxidant. CoQ10 not only fuels energy production, but it removes many free radicals from circulation.… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on January 29, 2009 at 8:00am —
I’m frequently asked how to lower diastolic (bottom number) blood pressure, so I wanted to give you some good tips to see results.
First of all, you need to have a solid foundation in place that supports a low blood pressure. If you’re not sure what this entails visit http://www.enutritionservices.com/controlbloodpressure.html.
It’s important that your potassium,… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on January 16, 2009 at 8:00am —
Are you ready to get answers to your most pressing heart health questions from a nationally known emergency room physician, heart health expert, and anti-aging specialist?
Well, now’s your chance! I will be interviewing Dr. Cynthia Shelby-Lane later this month. I want to ask the questions you want answers to. Submit your questions by commenting on this post below.
Here’s a little background information on… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on January 14, 2009 at 10:35am —
I’m sure you’ve heard of the Mediterranean Diet and it’s link to heart health. The Mediterranean Diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and monounsaturated fats (olive oil).
Those that follow a Mediterranean Diet have a reduced there risk of developing heart disease and dying from a heart attack. Even those that have survived a heart attack and lived to adopt the Mediterranean Diet significantly reduced their risk of a second heart… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on December 23, 2008 at 8:00am —
A recent study examined the long-term effects of pregnancy on blood pressure. Over 2300 women between the ages of 18-30 years-old were tested pre-pregnancy and then periodically between 2-20 years post-pregnancy.
The study found systolic blood pressure to be reduced 2.06 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure 1.50 mm Hg lower after one birth versus women that did not have a child.
Factors such as smoking, medications, birth control, and weight… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on December 8, 2008 at 9:00am —
I read some interesting research lately that I want to share related to chicken and blood pressure.
We know that blood pressure is a significant risk fact for heart disease and stroke. It’s estimated that around 1 billion people worldwide live with high blood pressure. Being able to control high blood pressure through food selection is very important.
The collagen in chicken is being researched for use as a blood pressure medication, with actions similar to ACE inhibitors… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on October 24, 2008 at 8:00am —
I frequently speak to people that have the misconception sea salt is better for your heart health than regular table salt. From a chemical and nutritional standpoint, both are sodium chloride and you want to limit your sodium intake to 2300 mg (~1 tsp of table salt) or less to promote blood pressure control.
If you use kosher salt, which has larger crystals, you benefit because less salt "fits" in one teaspoon due to the larger crystal size. A teaspoon… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on October 17, 2008 at 8:00am —
Today is World Heart Day, so I want to give nine steps that will lead to high blood pressure control and ultimately heart health!
If you live with high blood pressure, you’re familiar with the side effects of anti-hypertensive medications. Fortunately, medications are not the only way to rein in high blood pressure.
Lifestyle plays a key role. By altering some choices you make, you can avoid or reduce the need for medications.
Here are 9 steps that will start… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on September 28, 2008 at 8:00am —