Friday, May 10, 2013
Having Your Cake and Eating It.....Cardiovascularly !
High blood pressure (hypertension), a condition where the systolic blood pressure is greater than 140 mmHg and the diastolic measurement is over 90 mmHg, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Now you can literally protect your heart and lower your blood pressure by sitting down to dine on everything from soup to nuts. So let give you the low down on some foods you probably never really thought as having a positive effect on lowering blood pressure.
SOUP: A cold vegetable soup featuring tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic and olive oil known as Gazpacho. This Mediterranean (mainly Spanish) vegetable-based soup is rich in phytochemicals. Professor A. Medina-Remon, from the University of Barcelona, and colleagues analyzed data collected in a trial on 3,995 Spanish participants, which aimed to quantify the affects of a Mediterranean diet on a population at-risk for cardiovascular diseases. The researchers found that consumption of Gazpacho was inversely associated with the incidence of hypertension, reporting that the risk could be reduced by as much as 27%, The study authors concluded; The association between Gazpacho intake and reduction of blood pressure is probably due to synergy among several active compounds present in the vegetable ingredients used to make the recipe.''
DINNER: purple-skinned potatoes contain high levels of antioxidant compounds, including phenolic acids, anthocyanins, and carotenoids. Professor Joseph A. Vinsin, from the University of Scranton (Pennsylvania, U.S.A.), and colleagues enrolled 20 men and women, most of whom were overweight and hypertensive, in a study in which the subjects consumed 6-8 small microwaved purple potatoes once a day, or no potatoes for four weeks; then switched to the opposite regimen for another four weeks. The researchers observed that diastolic blood pressure dropped by an average of 4.5%, while systolic pressure decreased by an average of 3.5%. The study authors concluded that ''purple potatoes are an effective hypotensive agent and lower the risk of heart disease and stroke in hypertensive subjects without weight gain.''
Another study found red beets to have blood pressure easing effect as well. Those that are into juicing will find the beet juice is even more effective in reducing blood pressure than previously thought. So a combination of these two vegetables and a nice portion of grilled or steamed Atlantic Salmon would make an ideal dinner at least a couple of times a week.
The Way I See It....A nice handful of blueberries or strawberries mixed in a bowl of Greek yoghurt and sprinkled with walnuts or chopped almonds will enhance one's ability to enjoy the tasty effects of this heart-healthy meal, and the benefit of having your cardiovascular system's hypertension reduced and naturally under control without any of a medical blood pressure drug's side effects that show up over time.