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Pomegranates and Heart Health

Preliminary evidence suggests that drinking pomegranate juice every day may help lower systolic blood pressure. University of Maryland Medical Center Introduction Pomegranates have been used as medicine for thousands of years. More recently, they have been called a “superfood” that can protect against disease. In laboratory tests, pomegranate shows antiviral, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. But more research is needed to determine whether it can help prevent or treat illness in humans. In addition, there is some concern that pomegranate juice…

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Mindfulness and the Reduction of Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Significant reduction was observed in symptoms of anxiety and depression, perceived stress, blood pressure, and body mass index in patients of the mindfulness based stress reduction group after the completion of intervention assessment. Mindfulness-based stress reduction program in coronary heart disease: A randomized control trial International Journal of Yoga 2013 6(2): 111–117 Background Psychological risk factors such as anxiety and depression have been associated with coronary heart disease (CHD). Stress can have an impact on the risk factors for the…

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Salty Diet Kills Good Gut Bacteria

Excessive salt intake wipes out levels of good bacteria in the gut and this can cause blood pressure to rise, a German study has found. From SBS News November 16, 2017 Research has found a high-salt diet reduced levels of Lactobacillus bacteria in mice and increased production of immune cells linked to high blood pressure. Excessive salt intake wipes out levels of good bacteria in the gut and this can cause blood pressure to rise, a German study has found.…

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Magnesium May Modestly Lower Blood Pressure

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  With its relative safety and low cost, magnesium supplements could be considered as an option for lowering blood pressure in high-risk persons or hypertension patients.. July 11, 2016 From the American Heart Association Study Highlights.. People receiving about 368 mg/day of magnesium for about three months had overall reductions in systolic blood pressure of 2.00 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure of 1.78 mm Hg. Magnesium might only be effective among people with magnesium deficiency or insufficiency.  Monday, July…

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Sauna Provides Cardiovascular Health Benefits

Their latest study with 100 test subjects shows that taking a sauna bath of 30 minutes reduces blood pressure and increases vascular compliance, while also increasing heart rate similarly to medium-intensity exercise. From News: Medical Life Sciences New study uncovers why sauna bathing provides health benefits January 5, 2018 Over the past couple of years, scientists at the University of Eastern Finland have shown that sauna bathing is associated with a variety of health benefits. Using an experimental setting this…

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High Intensity Interval Training in Aging Men Improves Cardiac Function

Background This study examined a programme of pre-conditioning exercise with subsequent high intensity interval training (HIIT) on blood pressure, echocardiography, cardiac strain mechanics and maximal metabolic (MET) capacity in sedentary (SED) aging men compared with age matched masters athletes (LEX). Conclusions A programme of preconditioning exercise with HIIT induces clinically relevant improvements in blood pressure, rate pressure product and encourages recovery of heart rate reserve in SED, while improving maximal MET capacity in both SED and LEX without inducing any…

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